A confession to the reader: Prior to reviewing 11/22/63 I had never read a Stephen King novel. This was not due to literary snobbery. Many friends whose judgment I respect admire some of his books. Perhaps King’s tendency to write long — his latest characteristically weighs in at 849 pages — has deterred me. But this epic of time travel on the part of one Jake Epping, a 35-year-old Maine high school teacher who finds himself transported back to 1958 and spends five years meditating how to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating the president, is too curious a concept to pass by. You can always get my attention on the subject of Kennedy’s assassination.
Extremely Bad Advice: Adapt or Cry Dear Steve, My friends keep getting mad when movie adaptations aren’t the same as the book. They propose the movie should say ‘inspired by’ the book instead of using the book’s name. I think they should figure out that it’s impossible to keep what they think is the essential part of the book since we’re all different people and movies are as similar to books as game shows are to political debates. Who’s totally wrong?
STEP ONE So let me get this straight. Your friends would be satisfied if, say, Game of Thrones was instead called Throne Games: Inspired by Game of Thrones? Somehow, I doubt it, chum. Should there be a board set up to review the changes from page to screen and give it a rating system? From “NB: nothing to do with the book” to “EL: every single #$@%ing line is on the screen. Happy, nerd?”