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highpockets
Posted 2013-11-06 9:52 AM (#408814)
Subject: Christine. Book vs Movie


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I'm guessing most here have seen the Christine movie several times, as I have. After reading another Steven King novel 11-22-63, I decided to read Christine and was wondering how many here have read it. I am only a little over half way through, so please, if you are going to respond with info on the book, please start with "spoiler alert" for my sake and others who might want to read it. I sure know how the movie ends, but the book might end differently. The book does stray in quite a few different directions from the movie so far. Fitting a book into a movie always shrinks it down some. Although I didn't really think the movie was scary, (creepy yes, but not scary), the book gives me shivers sometimes. I'm guessing it will get worse near the end. It's hard to imagine written word being more graphic than a movie, but it is. The descriptions of the characters, car and scenes really give me a mental picture that is really strange. Anyway,,it is getting harder and harder to put the book down, so I should be done by next week. After I finish the book, I will watch the movie again. I might get a whole new perspective on the movie.
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firedome
Posted 2013-11-06 9:56 AM (#408816 - in reply to #408814)
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Books are often better than the movie version.. the mind can conjure images far more extreme than anything you can put on a screen. That was the case for the SK book imo.

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Posted 2013-11-06 10:06 AM (#408818 - in reply to #408816)
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Christine the book was far more dark and spooky than the movie. Any time you adapt a book to a film, there are going to be subtleties lost, such as inner thoughts and motives.

But the movie sure had a lot of memorable footage of a gorgeous FL car!

They both stand on their own as good (not great) examples of the genre.
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Posted 2013-11-06 10:25 AM (#408820 - in reply to #408814)
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The biggest difference is in the book, Christine was a 1983 Forest Green Ford Granada with a Landau Top.
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FIN ME
Posted 2013-11-06 10:26 AM (#408821 - in reply to #408814)
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I read "Christine" when the book was first released.

I used to read all of Steven King's books before his writing eventually changed and became a bit tame...a bit too tame for my taste in "horror stories".

I think you will enjoy the book quite a bit.


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highpockets
Posted 2013-11-06 10:34 AM (#408825 - in reply to #408820)
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GregCon - 2013-11-06 9:25 AM

The biggest difference is in the book, Christine was a 1983 Forest Green Ford Granada with a Landau Top.


YES!!! That is the scariest part so far..LOL.
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bel5758
Posted 2013-11-06 3:01 PM (#408896 - in reply to #408825)
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I've read most of his stuff, although it's been years since I read Christine.
Saw the movie a few times.

Experience both and enjoy both. Each stands alone.

The book is a decent horror story, with a semi-decent battle between good and evil.

The movie is (to me) a wonderful and tragic love story.

As you've by now discovered, there are some fundamental character differences in the book.

And considering the task of putting a book on film, I believe Carpenter did a pretty fair job.

This is akin to comparing The Shining book and movie - each also stands alone and it's best not to compare.

Note that in 112263, the references to the Red and White Fury match the car in the Christine movie, not the one in the book.
Also note in 112263 the reference to the song Rock and Roll is Here to Stay by Danny and the Juniors....
....the song was Christine's (movie) last loud protest while she was taking her last breath.

There are thousands of SK fans who love to point out his errors and the pros/cons of the differences between books and movies.
I say screw all that and just enjoy 'em.

Oh and by the way Kate says hello and while she is not a Christine, sister or cousin perhaps, she does enjoy these discussions.



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The Chrysler Kid
Posted 2013-11-06 6:46 PM (#408968 - in reply to #408814)
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The book was way MORE detailed and better than the movie.
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d500neil
Posted 2013-11-06 7:35 PM (#408974 - in reply to #408968)
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The weirdest part of the book is when the Granada's 6-banger morphs into a 302 12-cylinder diesel.

No wonder Arnie traded it in on a leased Plymouth Fury.

Funny that this plot point never made it into the movie; look for it in the book.



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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2013-11-06 10:50 PM (#409034 - in reply to #408820)
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I found neither one "scary". I find "haunting" stuff humorous. Thusly, the book, with its
four door Fury reference immediately lost my attention.

The movie was enjoyable for the car scenes. Nice to see one of these being driven hard.
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highpockets
Posted 2013-11-11 9:51 AM (#409855 - in reply to #408814)
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Well,,,I finished the book and was not disappointed. The book ends hinting for a sequel,,just like the movie did. Surprising that neither did have a sequel. Now,,I have to watch the movie again and watch for some little things that I might have previously overlooked. Anyway...thanks everyone for the input.
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sconut1
Posted 2013-11-22 1:34 AM (#412183 - in reply to #408814)
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Glad you enjoyed the book. I really loved Christine (the book), and despite seeing the movie several times, I'm still disappointed by it when comparing to the book. Though related, I find them so different, they are almost two different stories.
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Posted 2013-11-27 2:43 AM (#413252 - in reply to #408814)
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I liked the book and the movie, but I cannot stand to watch the end of the movie. I watch it all the way up the the point where Christine is about to die and I have to leave the room.
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Lancer Mike
Posted 2015-09-09 9:38 PM (#489356 - in reply to #413252)
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This youtube clip reminds me of the book version of Christine with an overcast Libertyville PA sky and more of a winter theme.

Although it is not red or a Plymouth Fury, this car is a four-door!



Edited by Lancer Mike 2015-09-09 9:40 PM
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Swept57
Posted 2015-09-10 3:16 PM (#489391 - in reply to #408814)
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That guy has no clue how to spin a doughnut.
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Lancer Mike
Posted 2015-09-10 5:28 PM (#489394 - in reply to #489391)
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Book:

Libertyville PA, Roland D. LeBay is the villain and actually meets Arnie and Dennis, the car is trashed at the airport, Repperton and his buddies get it at Squantic Hills, Darnell get his at his house...the book is better because it is a 12 or 16 hour experience.

 

Movie:

Rockbridge, California, Christine is the villain and Roland is not even a shown character (probably the biggest story line departure from the book), the car is trashed at Darnell's, Repperton and his buddies get theirs at the gas station, Darnell is squished in the front seat...and you miss all the good stories about Roland and George, Roland and his VFW buddies, Rollies wife and kid, getting the car from LeBay's house to the Cunningham's, Rollies funeral, coach Puffer, Arnie and Dennis' summer jobs, Arnie getting busted while running cigarettes for Darnell, Darnell and Mr. Guilder, and how Arnie and his folks meet their bitter ends.  You do get to see some stuff not in the book: Christine rolling down the assembly line. 

From the Cutting room floor:



Edited by Lancer Mike 2015-09-10 5:49 PM
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MisterLeo
Posted 2019-08-09 5:57 PM (#585822 - in reply to #408814)
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The 1983 Ford Granada comment would be funnier IF Ford had not replaced the Granada (US) in 1983 with the downsized LTD. If you're gonna be a smart ass, be a "smart" ass. Just sayin'
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