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Monday, January 7, 2013
Changes In Stephen King's The Stand 1978-1990 Part 1
As a kid, I read a lot of Stephen King. He's a good writer, and his imaginative horror novels definitely caught my adolescent attention. I even interviewed him once through the mail for my high school newspaper, so he's a nice guy as well to have taken the time to do that. My favorite King novel is The Stand, a very gripping apocalyptic novel. In 1990, King came out with an unabridged edition of the already long novel which had been first published in 1978. I always meant to read it, but never got around to it. A few weeks ago, I picked up a copy, figuring 23 years was long enough of a wait. I still like the book and still find King to be an excellent storyteller. I prefer the horror of civilization collapse parts more than I do the neoTolkien/Christian Revelations quest parts, but the novel is still a good read overall. What I found most interesting however were the many changes King made to the novel. I looked around online for a good list of the changes but didn't find one; most people intending to do so seemed to get overwhelmed by the sheer sprawl of the novel and gave up. In the 1990 edition, King restored and added a few hundred pages to the already long novel. I won't track the minor changes; he even tinkers at the word and sentence level, but I'll focus on what I consider to be the major changes to the novel. I only have the 1980 paperback to make comparisons with, which itself has some minor revisions from the first hardcover edition, but that's enough to deal with.
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