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King v Kubrick: The Shining sequel will be as unfilmable as all great books are

by | 6th, October 2013

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ARE some books unfilmable? Does reading the book first spoil the film and vice versa?

Stephen King’s The Shining  is a cracking read. Stanley Kubrick film adaptation of it is also fantastic, a capacious, sinister  spine-tingler. But when the film came out many of the book’s fans were upset. Scenes had been omitted from the book’s version of life at the Overlook Hotel. But did you see that lift full of blood? Young Danny riding his tricycle over the wooden floor and then onto the oh-so-silent carpet? Once seen, never forgotten.

The book is not the film. The book is the book. The film is the film.

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