Back in November of 2018 I mentioned that King's novel Revival was in development to become a major motion picture and was to be written and directed by a guy named Josh Boone who was working at the time on a project called The New Mutants. He was at that moment also involved in no less than 5 Stephen King adaptations which seemed a lot but he kept saying what a massive fan of Mr. King he was. Boone's picture The New Mutants is set for release at the end of this month but as happens when pictures are in development things change and he is no longer doing Revival and Russell Crowe is no longer attached, which is good because I felt he was wrong for the lead.View attachment 51703
So, a confession...it had been a very long time since I had read a Stephen King novel so, in October I decided to pick out one and give it a shot. I will admit I had not read one of his novels in a long time because I tend to find them hit or miss but I thought if I am going to revisit King through a novel, October was the perfect month to do so. The novel I had my sights on was Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining which I read back in 1980. However, before diving in I decided to read some reviews and turns out Cameron was not the only one disappointed in this one.
So, I looked through the other novels I had not read and stumbled across Revival, which sounded interesting and I had completely missed this one when it was released in late 2014. It also seemed to get a lot of great reviews calling it one of King's best. So, I settled on this one.
Suffice to say I was pleasantly surprised as this is an extremely well written work and I would say showed King has been improving his craft over the years. I don't want to go into specifics because if you have not read this one you should and it turns out this is one of the King stories currently in the works to be a major motion picture. The film is being written and directed by Josh Boone (director of The Fault in Our Stars and the soon to be released Marvel flick The New Mutants) who seems to be a giant King fan and is involved in several coming King adaptations (The Stand, The Talisman, Lisey's Story, My Pretty Pony) so he seems to be heavily into the business of bringing King stories to a screen near you.
It seems Russell Crowe either was or is attached to star in Revival.
So, has anybody else read this one and did you enjoy it as much as I did? I can say after reading it this is now the King film I am most looking forward to seeing.
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Yeah, I had looked at it in the store two or three times over a month or so and put it back prior to finally buying it, so my expectations are low.
Warner disclaimer:Finally got around to IT: Chapter 2. My issues with the ending weren't really with the appearance of IT, but when it's claiming
"I'm an eater of worlds!" it seems laughable when it's apparently been on Earth for millennia (or at least several centuries), but it has done nothing except feed on a few children in the same small town on a 27-year cycle. I don't know how it claims to be an "eater of worlds" when it has not even spread beyond the Derry area in all that time. I may have actually burst out laughing at that ridiculous statement that IT intended to be a brag or to instill some fear.
I read Revival while I was staying up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The story and the writing really grabbed me. I had not read anything from King in a very long time and it struck me that the writing here was...much more refined and he was not making goofy asides or adding humor nor writing funny potty mouth dialogue. I guess what Flanagan is saying about it being lean and mean. It's a dark tale that ends up going someplace I did not expect. The influences are Lovecraft (whom King has long loved) and Tesla. I found that fascinating because I am also drawn to both of those people. The story does build slowly, not seeming much of a horror yarn at all really at first. It seems to be about tragic lives and the fallout of that and how that shapes us. It had what I thought was some really great writing from King on the human condition. We totally understand the motivations of the characters and why they do what they do even when it turns bizarre.I didn't really care for the book of Revival. Maybe the movie will be better.
Haven't read a lot of King's recent output, as it seems like I keep being disappointed. I did just pick up The Outsider, so I'll give him another try at some point.