BBC News has quite an interesting chat with the legendary Stephen King about this forthcoming novella, “Doctor Sleep”, his “The Shining” sequel arriving in stores on September 24.
Stephen King has admitted to the outlet that he is nervous about the reaction to his forthcoming sequel to his novel “The Shining.”
The US author told the BBC he expects 95% of the reviews for “Doctor Sleep” to be a comparison between the two books.
“You are faced with that comparison and that has got to make you nervous,” he said, “because there is a lot of water under the bridge. I’m a different man.”
In addition, King admits that he’s still not a fan of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” adaptation, which starred Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance. Here’s why:
“[It’s] cold, I’m not a cold guy,” he tells BBC. “I think one of the things people relate to in my books is this warmth, there’s a reaching out and saying to the reader, ‘I want you to be a part of this.’ With Kubrick’s The Shining I felt that it was very cold, very ‘We’re looking at these people, but they’re like ants in an anthill, aren’t they doing interesting things, these little insects.’
“Jack Torrance in the movie, seems crazy from the jump,” he further adds to his argument. “Jack Nicholson, I’d seen all his biker pictures in the ’50s and ’60s and I thought, he’s just channeling The Wild Angels here.”
He also takes a jab at Kubrick’s portrayal of Wendy: “Shelley Duvall as Wendy is really one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film, she’s basically just there to scream and be stupid and that’s not the woman that I wrote about.”
That is some extremely interesting food for thought. What do you guys think?!