“Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They’re both fruit, but taste completely different.”
Since 1967, author Stephen King has published 58 novels (seven under the pen name Richard Bachman) and six non-fiction books, as well as roughly 200 short stories. Talk about living up to your name, huh?
The expert horror and supernatural writer has won countless awards, including The Bram Stoker Award and The British Fantasy Award (multiple times), to name just a couple. He also received a Locus Award for his non-fiction book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft in which he details his processes and advice for writers.
So you could say he’s proved his worth as a credible writer of our generation. But why is it his books are often victims of terrible adaptations to screen? We’re not talking about a couple here either – there seems to be a clear-cut division in King’s adaptations. They’re either cinematic masterpieces or absolute drivel. Even King himself has something to say on the matter. So what’s the deal?