Stephen King On the Big Screen by Mark BrowningStephen King On the Big Screen by Mark Browning

Stephen King On the Big Screen

byMark Browning

Paperback | July 1, 2009

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The Shining. Carrie. Misery. These are just a few of the film adaptations that have been made from the terrifying and eerie work of novelist and short story writer Stephen King. It is nearly impossible to think of another author who has inspired so many, and such diverse filmmakers—yet there has never before been a work by a film specialist that focused solely on Stephen King. Mark Browning, in Stephen King on the Big Screen, takes a film-by-film approach to exploring why some adaptations of King’s work are more successful than others.             Browning discusses every single film adaptation given a global cinematic release—including films by such well-known directors as Stanley Kubrick, George A. Romero, and David Cronenberg. His is the first book to consider in detail Sleepwalkers, Dreamcatcher, and 1408 as well as the much-neglected portmanteau films and touchstones like The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. In a highly readable and engaging style, Browning examines how different film directors have interpreted and translated the original literary texts into a new medium. Throughout, he reveals the elements of style and approach that have helped make King one of the world’s best-selling authors.             This entertaining and accessible guide to the complete corpus of Stephen King films is a must-have for fans of his fiction and of the many directors who have sought to capture his macabre stories and bizarre characters in cinematic form.
Mark Browning currently lives and works as a teacher and freelance writer in Germany. He is the author of David Cronenberg: Author or Filmmaker?, also published by Intellect.
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Title:Stephen King On the Big ScreenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.6 inPublished:July 1, 2009Publisher:Intellect LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1841502456

ISBN - 13:9781841502458

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Table of Contents

Introduction
 
Chapter 1
Mind Over Matter: Telekinesis
   Carrie
   The Rage: Carrie II
   The Dead Zone
   Firestarter
 
Chapter 2
Tales from the Darkside: The Portmanteau film
   Creepshow
   Creepshow II
   Cat's Eye
   Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
 
Chapter 3
Sometimes Dead is Better: The Body Under the Sheet
   Silver Bullet
   Pet Sematary
   Pet Sematary II
   Sleepwalkers
 
Chapter 4
Boys to Men: Rites-of-Passage
   Stand by Me
   Apt Pupil
   Hearts in Atlantis
 
Chapter 5
The Rise of the Machines: 1950s Science-Fiction B-Movie
   Christine
   Maximum Overdrive
   Graveyard Shift
   The Lawnmower Man
   Dreamcatcher
 
Chapter 6
The Great Escape: Prison Drama
   The Shawshank Redemption
   The Green Mile
   The Running Man
 
Chapter 7
Books of Blood: The Writer
   Misery
   The Dark Half
   Secret Window
 
Chapter 8
The Terror of Everyday Life and Final Girls
   Cujo
   Dolores Claiborne
   The Shining (Kubrick)
   The Shining (Garris)
   1408
 
Conclusion
References

Editorial Reviews

"Browning's examination of the film adaptations of Stephen King's novels looks at them in terms of their success as films as well as in terms of how well they reflect what's in the books. This is a riveting, in-depth analysis of what makes King so popular both as an author and as a provider of substance for movies. . . . Anyone who collects King's novels will want to add this to his or her collection."—Booksmonthly