The start of the weekend marks the birthday of one of my favorite authors, Stephen King, the go-to guy for horror fiction. As I mentally run through the Stephen King books I have read and enjoyed, I settle on Different Seasons, a collection of four novellas that are actually not the typical horror fiction he is known for. However, this book contains my favorite stories – three of which were adapted to film. Playing on the four seasons, each story is a true gem of Stephen King fiction.
Hope Springs Eternal
First is Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, adapted onto film (1994) where Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman play the lead roles – as a footnote, this movie is in my Top 5 All Time Favorite Movies. It’s that good. If you have seen the movie but have not read the book, consider it as your weekend read and you will not be disappointed. Andy Dufresne is a wrongly accused man who was incarcerated for the murder of his wife and her lover. Dufresne is a banker by profession, intelligent in nature but unremarkable to say the least. His is a story of hope and ultimately, redemption.
Summer of Corruption
Apt Pupil is the unsettling story of Todd Bowden who discovers that his elderly neighbor is on the wanted list for being a Nazi war criminal. The man, named Mr. Denker, denies this at first; but after being blackmailed by the boy, is forced to admit his identity as Kurt Dussander, commandant of a concentration camp during WWII. At the start of their relationship, Todd only wanted to hear Dussander’s stories of the Holocaust but their relationship begins heading toward a malevolent place as the Nazi’s history intertwines with the young boy’s present life.
Fall from Innocence
Who doesn’t know the movie Stand By Me starring River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Jerry O’Connell and Corey Feldman?!
This coming of age movie was based on the third novella, The Body which narrates the adventure of four boys during the summer of 1960. Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern are on their biggest escapade, the hunt for the body of a missing boy. Under the guise of going camping for the weekend, the boys follow the railroad tracks that will take them out of town and closer to the body of the dead boy. Gordie narrates their misadventures and ponders on how that summer irrevocably changed their lives.
A Winter’s Tale
The only novella that was not made into a movie, The Breathing Method is the sad and disturbing story of an unmarried girl who is determined to give birth to her illegitimate child regardless the social stigma surrounding her situation. She finds a doctor who is willing to give birth to her baby, teaching her a breathing method that will aid in her labor. In the end, her labor pains are uniquely extraordinary.
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