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This Period of Relative Inactivity

September 14, 2002

… is about to come to an end.

I didn’t want to write much last week. I didn’t want to reflect, commemorate, or linger on the events of a year ago. I’ll keep the day in my own way, thanks. Yeah, I know, the words of one Ebenezer Scrooge, but really, have you noticed he’s the only one with a spine in the book, besides the spirits?

I saw the TV version of It this morning, and was instantly… geez, it was like when I first read the book. I loved it. A lot. I searched around the house until I found which bookshelf it was stashed on and pulled it out. I’ll read it… soon enough. It was another huge week at the Cube.

And Chimera’s event loop appears to have been mostly smoothed out enough I can use it to do my MT entries now… that’s a pleasant surprise.

Anyway… more later. Hope you had a good enough week. :-)

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  1. September 15, 2002 11:39 AM | #1

    you liked the movie-of-the-week-i-fication of “It”?!?
    wow. i watched it when it first came out, and was very disappointed. i don’t know why, and i’ve refused to watch it since, but still…
    maybe it has something to do with the fact that i watched it when i was young – fourteen? fifteen, maybe? – right when it was released. i was working at the library, if i recall correctly, and had the fortune of being one of the people who /knew/ when the new books were going to be released. i was the second person on the reserve list – behind the head librarian, no less – and read the book, cover to cover, in a little under a week.
    i was equally floored. of his pure horror books, “It” is near the top of King’s list. i liked “Tommyknockers” immensely, and several of the short stories, particularly “The Mist” from “Skeleton Crew”, are tales that stick in my mind permanently. (on *really* foggy days, part of my brain still expects to see some immense leg crash down in front of me…)
    but you’re right, matt. “It” is a wonderful book. maybe, since SciFi seems to have the series in heavy rotation, i’ll have to watch it again. or, record it, and watch it when kris and emma are sleeping…

  2. September 15, 2002 12:32 PM | #2

    I liked it. Not as much as I loved the book, but I thought it was pretty good. Some of the child actors mesh really well with the adult actors (Eddie being the main one I’m thinking of), and I thought that worked really well.
    Granted, parts of it suck. It’s a made for TV miniseries, and they didn’t have the budget for the big special effects, so parts of it come off as hokey. But I think they did okay with the overall tone of it.
    And I didn’t really get into the Tommyknockers, but I am RIGHT WITH YOU on “The Mist”. Sometimes I’ll park in a parking lot and think about how easy or hard it would be to get to my car from the store if the mist suddenly rolled in.
    And, yeah, I’d wait until Emma’s older to watch It in front of her. Lots older.
    Did you ever see The Stand? I’ve got that on VHS. It was good. Much better than the TV version of It. Still some hokey parts, but…

  3. September 16, 2002 2:26 AM | #3

    I am suddenly reminded of how old I am, as I saw IT for the first time in college, my freshman year, to be exact. I sat in the lounge on the second floor and watched it breathlessly. People and more people kept coming in as it was playing, and during the commercial breaks, everyone would turn to me as the resident King expert and have me explain to them everything they’d missed.
    Right with you on “The Mist”, (which I have somewhere on 3D sound Radio Play… exceedingly cheesy, but sort of fun in a ’round the campfire sort of way) although I’d have to say my two favorite King pieces are The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet (where do the words come from? Some days, I really, really wonder) and The Dark Tower. I am not allowed to die (and neither is King) until I finish reading that damned story.

  4. September 16, 2002 7:51 AM | #4

    The man in bwack fwed acwoss de desert…
    … and the gunswingah… fowwowed…

  5. Elizabeth
    September 16, 2002 9:22 AM | #5

    I have to agree with the negative on the subject of the TV movie “It”. I have seen it a few times. It’s one of those things that’s watchable if I don’t think about the book *at all* while watching it. I have trouble with movies of books when I really enjoyed the book and the movie is way off from it. And unfortunately that is often the case when they make a book from a movie.
    The only Stephen King I’ve read are “It”, “Pet Semetary”, and “Gerald’s Game” (that last is really freaky). Have tried reading others and never managed to get into them.

  6. September 16, 2002 10:55 PM | #6

    matt, why is elmer fudd reading “the dark tower”?
    along the dark tower lines is “the eyes of the dragon.” excellent book, and really one of the first books that made me respect king as an author. sure, most of it was because he actually wrote a story that wasn’t another rehash of rabid dog/possessed car/little girl with powers kills lots of people, with some graphic sex sprinkled in for fun.
    but, it was a fun book, and really the first dark tower book that i read.
    (i know, the gunslinger came out LONG before eyes of the dragon. i don’t know why i skipped over the first one…)

  7. September 16, 2002 11:01 PM | #7

    graphic sex? Am I reading different King novels than you are?
    Anyway… ::SIGH:: I have an audio book of Gunslinger, read by King. And… Matt used to mock him. A LOT

  8. September 17, 2002 2:08 PM | #8

    graphic sex at fourteen is any sex. especially if mom doesn’t realize that the books have sex scenes of any sort in them.
    so yes. no, but yes.

  9. September 17, 2002 7:15 PM | #9

    oh. hmph. And here I was wondering if I’d missed something…
    You know, I had to have a permission slip from my mom to check Stephen King books out of the library when I was in middle school.

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