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!
“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
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
'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
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.
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
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