Thursday, August 9, 2012

Good Story 040: The Stand

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Episode #40 - It's the end of the world again, this time due to a plague. Julie and Scott discuss The Stand by Stephen King. Bumpity bump!

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More stuff:
  • The C.S. Lewis quote from On Stories:
    Another very large class of stories turns on fulfilled prophecies--the story of Oedipus, or The Man Who Would Be King, or The Hobbit. In most of them the ver steps taken to prevent the fulfillment of the prophecy actually bring it about. It is foretold that Oedipus will kill his father and marry his mother. In order to prevent this from happening he is exposed on mountain: and that exposure, by leading to his rescue and thus to his life among strangers in ignorance of his real parentage, renders possible both the disasters. Such stories produce (at least in me) a feeling of awe, coupled with a certain sort of bewilderment such as one often feels in looking at a complex pattern of lines that pass over and under one another. One sees, yet does not quite see, the regularity. And is there not good occasion for both awe and bewilderment? We have just had set before our imagination something that has always baffled the intellect: we have seen how destiny and free will can be combined, even how free will is the modus operandi of destiny. The story does what no theorem can quite do. It may not be "like real life" in the superficial sense: but it sets before us an image of what reality may well be like at some more central region.
  • Brandywine Books
  • Inspiration for The Stand


  1. Jeff Miller on The Stand and The Dark Tower:

  2. Great show about a great story! When y'all were discussing Stephen King adaptations the SyFy series Haven came to mind. It's very loosely based on The Colorado Kid and King is not directly involved in making the show. However, I think it really captures the feel of Stephen King well. It's strange, quirky, supernatural, and fun too. Season 3 begins this Fall.

  3. Thanks, Philip! And thanks for the tip on Haven - I know nothing about it, but will definitely check it out.

  4. Yes, thank you Philip! And I'm equally uninformed on Haven but am going to look for it! :-)

  5. This was a very very well written book. Still I was surprised that you just said you liked the ending and left it at that. I saw the end as tacked on and it felt just a bit better than Alice in Wonderland. There does not seem to be a reason for all the characters to "Take their stand" at the end. They don't seem to have grown or given anything to anyone by doing it. And then the guy gets home (stu?) and just tells them that God blew them up, sure lets move to Maine. There does not seem to be any "conversion" or even thought about it, despite the spiritual situations.
    I am still very glad you got me to this book and I thank you. Right after this I went through Torment by Jeremy Bishop. It was funny because, I know he had only read two King novels and this was not one of them, but there are lots and lots of parallels between the two. It is much shorter and not as masterfully written as King's, but because of the soled ending - I like Torment better.

  6. Hi Christopher,

    Thanks for this. Because Julie and I agreed on this, there wasn't much discussion.

    The end of this book fit, in my opinion, because God was present and spoken of throughout the book. Stu's conversion/thought occurred on the walk, and while he waited.

    I will take a look at Torment! Thanks a million.

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