TEASER TUESDAY & TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Stephen King Book Adaptations

Posted October 27, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in Memes, Teaser Tuesday, Top Ten Tuesday / 8 Comments

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

QueenofShadowsbySarahJMaas“The rage was still riding him the next morning, when he awoke before she did and slipped into her closet to examine the clothes she’d shucked off. Dust and metal and smoke and sweat tickled his nose, and there were streaks of dirt and ash on the black cloth. Only a few daggers lay scattered nearby – no sign of Goldryn or Damarais having been moved from where he’d dumped them on the closet floor last night.”

-Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas, p.394

Top Ten Tuesday

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a Halloween themed freebie. So in the spirit of the holiday I decided to make a top ten list of one of my favorite horror writers, Stephen King – “Top Ten Stephen King Book Adaptations.” This list is numbered, but the entries are not placed in any real order. I chose the books that I’ve read. If you have a favorite Stephen King that didn’t make the list, then I probably haven’t read it yet, or it didn’t fit my criteria. What’s the criteria, you ask? The books chosen are the ten scariest Stephen King novels that have been faithfully adapted to either the big screen or television. However, there are two (#3 & #4) that are on here solely because their adaptations are too spectacular that it would have been a sin if they were absent.  Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. So without further ado, here is my “Top Ten Stephen King Book Adaptations.”

#1

 TEASER TUESDAY & TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Stephen King Book AdaptationsMisery by Stephen King
Published by New English Library on November 1st 1988
Genres: Horror, Suspense
Pages: 370
ISBN: 0450417395
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Paul Sheldon. He's a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader - she is Paul's nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

Misery was adapted into one of my all-time favorite films. It’s a film I can quote by heart, and contains some of the best scenes ever known to horror. Not only that, but the film managed to revitalized James Caan’s career, and make actress Kathy Bates a household name.

Source: seanashville

# 2

TEASER TUESDAY & TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Stephen King Book AdaptationsThe Shining by Stephen King
Published by Anchor on June 26th 2012
Genres: Horror, Suspense
Pages: 659
ISBN: 0307743659
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Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

Author Stephen King never particularly like director Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of his best-selling novel, but it has gone down in history as one of the greatest horror films of all-time.

Source: Movieclips Trailer Vault

#3

TEASER TUESDAY & TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Stephen King Book AdaptationsThe Green Mile by Stephen King, Mark Geyer
Published by Pocket Books on January 1st 1970
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 536
ISBN: 0671041789
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Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with "Old Sparky," Cold Mountain's electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he's never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefes... and yours.

Until this day I can’t read or watch The Green Mile without bawling my eyes out. It’s one of the films Tom Hanks will always be remembered for, and helped launch Michael Clark Duncan’s career as a movie star.

Source: Warner Bros.

#4

TEASER TUESDAY & TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Stephen King Book AdaptationsDifferent Seasons by Stephen King
Published by Signet on January 31st 2002
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Suspense
Pages: 507
ISBN: 0451167538
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From the Magical Pen of Stephen King, Four Mesmerizing Novellas…

“Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”
An unjustly imprisoned convict seeks a strange and startling revenge…the basis for the Best Picture Academy Award nominee The Shawshank Redemption.

“Apt Pupil”
Todd Bowden is one of the top students in his high school class and a typical American sixteen-year-old—until he becomes obsessed about the dark and deadly past of an older man in town. The inspiration for the film Apt Pupil from Phoenix Pictures.

“The Body”
Four rambunctious young boys plunge through the façade of a small town and come face-to-face with life, death, and intimations of their own mortality. The film Stand By Me is based on this novella.

“The Breathing Method”
A disgraced woman is determined to triumph over death.

This book was chosen, because not 1, but 3 of the stories were adapted into major motion pictures. Two of which, have become two of my all-time favorite films.

Source: Johnny Lynch

#5

TEASER TUESDAY & TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Stephen King Book AdaptationsIt by Stephen King
Published by Signet on August 7th 1987
Genres: Horror, Suspense
Pages: 1093
ISBN: 0451169514
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The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. "It" primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young children. The novel is told through narratives alternating between two time periods, and is largely told in the third-person omniscient mode. It deals with themes which would eventually become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma, and the ugliness lurking behind a façade of traditional small-town values.

With my intense fear of clowns, It, scared the bajeezus out of me, and totally made me look at actor Tim Curry differently. The book wasn’t any better. While reading it I had intense nightmares, and even developed a stutter from reading one of the character’s stuttering dialogue. Pennywise the Clown will haunt me forever.

Source: pu239hicks

#6

 TEASER TUESDAY & TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Stephen King Book AdaptationsPet Sematary by Stephen King
Published by Pocket Books on February 1st 2001
Genres: Horror
Pages: 562
ISBN: 0743412273
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When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son--and now an idyllic home. As a family, they've got it all...right down to the friendly car.
But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth--more terrifying than death itself...and hideously more powerful.
The Creeds are going to learn that sometimes dead is better.

The first time I saw this film I was at a drive-in, and every person returning from the concession stand scared the crap out of me as they walked by the car. Never again!

Source: Paramount Movies

#7

TEASER TUESDAY & TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Stephen King Book Adaptations'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
Published by Anchor on December 27th 2011
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 672
ISBN: 0307743675
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'Salem's Lot is a small New England town with white clapboard houses, tree-lined streets, and solid church steeples. That summer in 'Salem's Lot was a summer of home-coming and return; spring burned out and the land lying dry, crackling underfoot. Late that summer, Ben Mears returned to 'Salem's Lot hoping to cast out his own devils... and found instead a new unspeakable horror.

A stranger had also come to the Lot, a stranger with a secret as old as evil, a secret that would wreak irreparable harm on those he touched and in turn on those they loved.

All would be changed forever—Susan, whose love for Ben could not protect her; Father Callahan, the bad priest who put his eroded faith to one last test; and Mark, a young boy who sees his fantasy world become reality and ironically proves the best equipped to handle the relentless nightmare of 'Salem's Lot.

Another book that left me scared out of my mind…

Source: THE SACRIFICIAL GARDEN

#8

TEASER TUESDAY & TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Stephen King Book AdaptationsCarrie by Stephen King
Published by Anchor on August 30th 2011
Genres: Horror
Pages: 290
ISBN: 0307743667
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Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed... But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction...

The film that taught me the term “dirty pillows” is another that will live on as being one of the greatest horror films ever made.

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#9

 TEASER TUESDAY & TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Stephen King Book AdaptationsCujo by Stephen King
Published by Signet on January 1st 1970
Genres: Horror
Pages: 304
ISBN: 0451161351
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A big, friendly dog chases a rabbit into a hidden underground cave--and stirs a sleeping evil crueler than death itself. A terrified four-year-old boy sees his bedroom closet door swing open untouched by human hands, and screams at the unholy red eyes gleaming in the darkness. The little Maine town of Castle Rock is about to be invaded by the most hideous menace ever to savage the flesh and devour the mind....

Cujo was the book and film that taught me about rabies, and the dangers of bats. Another lesson learned? If you live in a small town, don’t cheat on your husband. He’s bound to see you meeting your lover.

Source: Paramount Movies

#10

  TEASER TUESDAY & TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Stephen King Book AdaptationsThinner by Richard Bachman, Stephen King
Published by Signet on September 1st 1985
Genres: Horror
Pages: 318
ISBN: 0451161343
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When an old gypsy man curses Billy Halleck for sideswiping his daughter, six weeks later he's ninety-three pounds lighter. Now Billy is terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble...that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.

Lastly, Thinner taught me to fear gypsies, and the power they supposedly wield.

Source: Paramount Movies

About Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father’s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them. Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support. After Stephen’s grandparents passed away, Mrs. King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.

Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. From his sophomore year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS. He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate. He came to support the anti-war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional. He graduated in 1970, with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level. A draft board examination immediately post-graduation found him 4-F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.

He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students; they married in January of 1971. As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men’s magazines.

Stephen made his first professional short story sale (“The Glass Floor”) to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men’s magazines. Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.

In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

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8 responses to “TEASER TUESDAY & TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Stephen King Book Adaptations

  1. The scariest book I ever read was Pet Sematary! I haven’t seen the movie though! I love Stephan Kings books – Carrie, The Shining, Cujo (shudder) but I haven’t read or seen The Green Mile. It looks very good.

    • @Angelized_1st

      The Green Mile is fantastic! Booth the book and the movie. Pet Cemetery movie is so scary. It still has me covering my eyes even to this day.

  2. Paula, The Geeky Shopaholic

    I love Stephen King! I actually like the movie version of Misery better than the book, which is very rare for me. IT and The Green Mile are two of my favorite books.

    • @Angelized_1st

      So do I! I watch the movie all the time. That film is so good. I loved IT and The Green Mile. Both film adaptations were pretty spot on, I think.

      • Paula, The Geeky Shopaholic

        I think so too! No one else could’ve played Pennywise but Tim Curry. And I love Tom Hanks in the Green Mile. 🙂

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