Stephen King’s “Bag of Bones” mini-series is now available for pre-order on Amazon. It is not yet available on iTunes yet, but if you look in the sidebar, you will see a box with the cover and a link to Amazon. Keep watching that box in the future for an iTunes link to show up, and as soon as it’s available, I will put it up.
*NOTE: I have not read Luanne’s take on the movie yet, and she didn’t even know I was going to write this. Luanne’s is going up right before I put mine up, so our reactions will not be influenced by each other’s reactions.*
Just so you understand where my perspective is coming from, I am pre-empting myself with this short disclaimer. I know that any Stephen King movie adaptation will not live up to the book. That being the case, when I sit down to watch a King adaptation, I try to act like I don’t know the story and that it’s not a King adaptation at all, just a movie I’m watching. I do that because everyone has told me that the movie can destroy the book. Since my introduction to Stephen King was through the movies before the books, I also believe that a book can ruin a good movie. A great example of what I’m saying is “The Shining.” I really like the movie, and don’t want to ruin it by reading the book. Troll me if you must, I won’t read it. Be that as it may, I want to enjoy a good movie without trying to force the movie to stack up against the book.
To quote River Song, “Spoilers.” I now know what Final Fantasy fans felt like when the movies came out. I always enjoyed those movies, because I didn’t play the Final Fantasy games. Now, don’t navigate away from the page, my parents couldn’t afford a console system, so it wasn’t completely my fault. If you’re reading this blog, you’ll know that I just finished the novel Bag of Bones in preparation for the miniseries. Having read the book recently enough to remember most of the details, I was severely disappointed with the miniseries. As a standalone, it would have been amazing. The cinematography was great, it was action packed (well, the second night anyway), even the special effects were surprisingly above par. What woman wasn’t drooling when Pierce Brosnan took off his sweaty running jacket? And guys, Melissa George, girl next door, need I say more? But as an adaptation of one of Stephen King’s novels, it left a lot to be desired.
I’m never sure whether Stephen King’s ability to spend pages upon pages introducing a place or character is something that annoys me or something that I love. What these amazing descriptions allow me to do, however, is make connections between other King works and real life. Let’s talk about connections for a minute.
Richie Osgood. Because of the way my brain works, the minute I read his full name I began thinking of Richie Tozier from It. Beep beep, Richie. I don’t think the greasy little real estate agent would take too kindly to that. Then once I read the three page description of Richie Osgood and how he drove into the driveway with, his headlights bouncing off the windows and breaking Mike out of his vision, all I could think when Mike finally opened the door, his pants pockets loaded down with steak knives and bottles of bug spray was, “You Stole My Story.” Why does my brain feel the need to find connections between this novel and not one but two additional King stories?
Just a reminder that tomorrow night, on A&E, Stephen King’s “Bag of Bones” will be airing it’s first in a two part series. The trailer for the movie is above, and I wanted to put up a post reminding you that Luanne and I will be doing a virtual viewing party for “Bag of Bones.” Click the links provided for more info and join us for this two night event! Should be a blast! I will re-post the link to this article on the Stephen King Fancast Facebook, Google+ and Twitter tomorrow, as well.