Josh Boone announced that his next project will be an adaptation of the Stephen King novel Lisey's Story.
Boone shared this sweet story at thehollywoodnews.com:
“I wasn’t allowed to read Stephen King. I had to rip the covers off of Christian books and glue them to Stephen King books, so that I could read them. I remember reading The Stand under my bed when I was 12, and I hid the book in the box springs under my bed, and my mom found it and burned it in the fireplace. I wrote him a letter when I was 12, just to tell him how much I loved his books and how much I wanted to be a writer when I grew up and that he was my idol. I sent him a couple books, hoping that he’d sign them. I came home from school one day and my dad said, “There’s a box here from Stephen King.” He had written me this beautiful letter in the front covers of each of the books. My parents were just so moved by the generosity, that he was willing to take the time to do that, that they lifted the Stephen King ban."
I smile a bit when I hear parents who don't let their kids read Stephen King. First, because as a parent, I understand! But, what hooked me on reading was -- Stephen King. In fact, I'm a little saddened that none of my kids have gotten very into the King books I've offered up (The Body, Eyes of the Dragon and The Mist.) But, Stephen King is my thing, so my kids chase after Twilight and Hunger Games.
The news that Lisey's Story will be adapted to the big screen leaves me reflecting on the fact that this is a big King novel that I just haven't read! Why? I dunno. I tried, more than once. I have the CD's, and the hardback first edition. But, it just hasn't grabbed me yet. Part of me is excited, because previously seeing a book adapted well has sent me right to the source. In High School, I saw the mini-series IT before I read the book. I also saw Christine, Cujo, The Shining, Pet Sematary, Thinner, The Dark Half, The Tommyknockers, The Green Mile and The Dead Zone before reading the books. I think even the weak adaptations have the advantage of helping me know and follow the literary path ahead. In other words -- I'm really happy this is coming to screen. It might help me fall in love with a novel I want to love, but just haven't found the beauty yet.
On the other hand, I'm glad I read Needful Things and Dolores Claiborne before seeing them on screen. With Claiborne, I was draw into every page, not knowing what would happen next. The suspense was awesome! The same is true of The Stand, which is the first King book I read. I stayed up many a summer night in 1990 reading anxiously as the men traveled toward Vegas.
Tell me, how does seeing a movie before you read the book affect you? And have you read Lisey's Story? What did you think?