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Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay Paperback – February 1, 1999
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But it's also unusually visual. Linoge's eyes ominously change color, wind and sea wreak havoc, a basketball leaves blood circles with each bounce. The 100-year storm no doubt hits harder onscreen than on the page, but the snow is a symbol of the more disturbing emotional maelstrom that words evoke perfectly. And the murders of folks we've gotten to know is entirely terrifying in print. The crisp discipline of the screenplay format makes this book better than lots of King's more sprawling novels--the end doesn't wander and the dialogue crackles. Here's the real test: It's impossible to read parts 1 and 2 and not read part 3, "The Reckoning." --Tim Appelo
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Like all of King's best stories, the supernatural is not the true focus, human nature is. The islanders are forced into a heart-breaking choice that just may cost them their souls, and it is the process of making this decision and it's cost that is the true story. King is a master at writing true-to-life people in terrible, terrifying circumstance, and he doesn't fail here. It's not just a good-vs-evil story, but a tale of what lengths people will go to in order to save what they hold dear, what they do when all choices come with a price too high to pay. In my opinion, this is one of King's best works.
As King observes in his introduction to the screenplay, at its heart "Storm of the Century" is the dark counterpart to "The Green Mile," with each centered on the mystery of the man in the jail cell. Andre Linoge has come to Little Tall Island just as the fiercest winter storm in recorded history is about to hit. After murdering one of the residents, Linoge waits calmly to be taken into police custody by Constable Mike Anderson. But once in his cell he tells the townsfolk, "If you give me what I want, I'll go away." Then things start to happen, secrets are revealed and more people die, and suddenly the citizens of Long Tall Island are ready to agree to Linoge's proposition even before they know exactly what it is he wants. King has always been a moralist, knowing full well that most people are not inclined to do the right thing, and always striving to come up with a story that might actually inspire some people to listen to the better angels of their nature.Read more ›
For a basic plot summary, "Storm of the Century" tells the story of Little Tall, a small isolated island off the coast of Maine. One winter, the town gets socked in by an impenetrable storm and as the winds blow and the snow falls, an evil presence comes to the island and wants to strike a cosmic bargain for the souls of its local inhabitants.
Let me assure you again, here, that reading this book is no different than enjoying any other King novel. The format takes a few "Acts" to get used to, but after a short time you'll be sucked in as per the usual with King. The characters are well-developed, the antagonist is another evil King concoction, and the plot is an incredible human-interest angle that will have you questioning what you would do in the same situation.
Overall, this is a great King tale that hits all the right buttons. It also has one of the better endings of any King book ever written, comparable to "Pet Cemetery" in tone and scope. Whatever you do, don't be dissuaded by the screenplay format. Upon finishing the book, you won't think of it any differently than King's previous or subsequent writings. Nothing to shy away from in the entire experience.
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In this screenplay written for a TV mini-series, King deals with familiar concepts to his readers. First, just as in stories like 'Salem's Lot and Needful Things, a mysterious... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Hill
POWERFUL WRITING BY STEPHEN KING. THERE IS NOBODY LIKE HIM. I WAS AMAZED TO REALIZE RECENTLY JUST HOW MANY MOVIES PLOTS I HAVE ENJOYED AND I JUST FOUND OUT THAT HE WROTE THE... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eleanor Takahashi iNSKIP
A good story from back when Stephen King actually knew how to tell an engaging story.Published 10 months ago by NoahBody
I thought I was receiving a novel. I didn't think it actually was the screen play. So, I was disapointed.Published 10 months ago by archer
one of my favorite books from Stephen king and I also enjoy the moviePublished 10 months ago by sandy carrier
Please people with the money, if you buy a new book, include a used one in your shopping cart. Read more