I completely forgot that today was the day to post our thoughts on The Stand, by Stephen King, so two posts go up for this Sunday, July 1st. Thanks to Trish for hosting! And people! Ben Affleck is going to direct The Stand for release next year or something like that. I'm so excited; I feel much more confident that Affleck will do a better job than other directors when bringing Stephen King projects to the big screen.
Okay, FYI to all readers and to fellow participants of this #standalong. Only one spoiler below, so if you haven't read up to this part, tread lightly with that bullet.
Overview of where I'm at with a few thoughts (no spoilers)
- I'm on page 751 of the uncut edition and I love it.
- I will say that I thought Book 1 was much, much scarier when Project Blue unfurled out. The complete and utter destruction that the man-made disease caused was believable and frightening. I've heard a few other #standalong participants were developing a cold around the same time they started reading the book and I shudder for you all. I can only imagine how much scarier the book was.
- Once the story got going into the eventual movement of post-apocalyptic groups converging together, I found it wasn't as scary, which is relative. I mean, it's still competely unnerving, but compared to the first part when everyone was dropping like flies, I haven't felt as, well...concerned when opening up the book.
- The book Nick is reading, Set This House on Fire, by William Styron is a real book and one of the character's names is Mason Flagg.
- As my "education" with Stephen King books continues throughout this year, I've learned that EVERY CHARACTER in his books will eventually WET THEIR PANTS.
Things I thought were extremely creepy (no spoilers):
- Larry Underwoood walking through the Lincoln Tunnel.
- Harold Lauder.
- Trashcan Man. (He and Harold Lauder are the reasons kids shouldn't bully others.)
- Randall Flagg, the hardcase, the walkin' dude. He. Is. So. Freakin'. Scary.
- The Kid. (I actually felt a little bad for Trashcan Man.) I learned from The Guilded Earlobe that The Kid was not part of the original version of the book, and I agree with him that this is one section that I would have been happy if Stephen King left out of the uncut version. I mean, the scenes with The Kid were forty pages of NASTY. Also, The Kid reminded me of Arnold Friend from Joyce Carol Oates' short story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
Characters that annoy me to NO END (mini-spoiler on the 3rd bullet):
- Frannie. For the love of all that is holy, the way she doesn't tell ANYONE ANYTHING is so ridiculous. The entire human race has fallen off the planet, and there are things that make you uncomfortable with Harold Lauder, and you DON'T TELL ANYONE? Not even Stu? What is wrong with you? Open up your mouth!
- Larry Underwood. I guess he is going to improve (I hope), but right now, he's just so annoying to me.
- SPOILER. The Committee. Seriously, you want Tom Cullen to do what? Really?! That's just wrong.
Characters that I love (no spoilers):
- Mother Abagail. Of course. She's awesome.
- Nick Andros. He is just so daggone smart and cool.
- Stu Redman. Love him, but because Frannie is a naive idiot at times, I question why he'd want to be with her. He seems much more sensible.
- Kojak/Big Steve. This is what I love about Stephen King. He devotes three pages to Kojak's perspective and experience. I LOVE THAT.
QUESTION: Has anyone noticed that sometimes Mother Abagail is spelled "Abagail" and then also "Abigail?" I can't tell if it just happens to be a typo, but who knows with Stephen King.
All right, folks! That's my halfway point post for this incredible book. It goes without saying that I feel like Stephen King is THE MAN.
Note: I'm participating in Trish's #standalong and it coincides nicely with The Stephen King Project I'm hosting with Kathleen. Join if you want to, runs all year.