The Picky Bookworm

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." –Stephen King

I love most of Stephen King’s books. I’ve only read one that wasn’t my favorite. This one. Which is funny, because the mini-series made from this book is one of my favorites ever! So instead of talking about just the movie or just the book, I’m going to share my favorite parts of each, and compare them a little 🙂 Ready? Let’s go!

The Movie

My absolute favorite part of the mini-series is the casting. I think whoever chose Gary Sinise to play “East Texas” was the smartest person on the planet. Not only do I think he’s an amazing actor, but I don’t think anyone could have made a better choice. The dynamics between all the characters was so amazing, and this movie is one I could, and do, watch over and over. I highly recommend this movie! Here’s the trailer:

The Book

My least favorite part of the book is how Nick is portrayed. He’s a deaf young man who ends up in jail after a bunch of small town thugs beat the crap out of him. He’s in jail during the plague, and when he starts having dreams, he heads to Hemingford Home, to see Mother Abigail. The difference between Nick in the book and Nick in the movie is the fact that when he and Tommy run into a lady that is completely bonkers, she tries to seduce Nick. In the book, he gives in and sleeps with her. In the movie, he turns her down, which leads to her taking a shotgun and basically running them out of town. I like the fact that Nick in the movie had better scruples, and I respected him more than Nick from the book.

My Favorite Things

I love how much (other than Nick) the movie portrayed the book. I think the book was so big, that anything less than a mini-series wouldn’t have done the story justice.

Molly Ringwald was perfect in this movie! I’m actually not a huge fan of hers (please don’t kill me!) but I love her in this movie.

Mother Abigail was absolutely wonderful! If the world ends, and someone has to run the “good” side of things, I would want to be on her side!

Colin Nemec was perfect in his role as a modern day “Judas.” His role isn’t as big in the movie as it was in the book, but his acting was wonderful!

Final Thoughts

If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend it! If you’ve read the book, and disagree with any of my opinions, please let me know, but be kind 🙂 I’d love to hear your thoughts on this Flashback Friday 🙂 Don’t forget to subscribe, so you never miss an update! Until next time, bookworms!

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