Guest Author - Amy Romine
A 1998 novel by Stephen King, it focuses on an author who suffers severe writer's block and delusions at an isolated lake house four years after the death of his wife. Many Stephen King novels have been made into mini-series, feature motion pictures, and even television shows. These are also a list of hits and misses as far as success.
Stephen King is the king of psychological terror. His writing is second to none. Unfortunately, his translated work into the big or small screen is not always something to cheer about. Due to this, I am always hesitant about a Stephen King mini-series, and Bag of Bones was no different. I initially had no intention of watching the two night series at all. I watch A&E on a regular basis as it shows reruns of my new favorite show, Criminal Minds. Thus I was hammered with commercial after commercial for the series and tired of it before the series even started.
I happened to be on A&E when the first episode started and my husband and I sat and watched it. I admit we got pulled in and decided to seriously watch it. We watched the first and taped the second.
My review…it was good, not great. Would I watch it again? Probably not. Were there any memorable moments? Not that I can recall. Was it a disappointment? Not for someone who didn’t read the book. In looking at the discrepancies between the log line of the series and the book, I think I would have been disappointed. Pierce Bronson and Annabeth Gish play the lead characters and were convincing with the given material. Annabeth Gish, as the dead wife, made a lasting impression but I have always been a fan. Pierce Bronson as a tortured author was believable and tolerable. I am not tearing down the mini-series, but it wasn’t anything we are going to see on the Emmy’s, and the only place you will see it again will be on Chiller or SyFy.
If you watched the two night event it was actually a well played promotion for Stephen King’s newest release, 11/22/63.
The official description comes from Stephen Kings Website
“On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed forever.
If you had the chance to change the course of history, would you?
Would the consequences be worth it?
Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.
Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald, and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.” http://www.stephenking.com/promo/11-22-63/promo_page/
Sounds interesting and I will be reading and reviewing it soon. Read more about my thoughts on Stephen’s marketing ploy on my site, http://www.amyromine.com