Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by xXxKidxXx, Mar 8, 2008.
So, which is better?
Give your reasons. I want to decide which one i'll buy.
Are you talking about the Stephen King novels?
Cell was silly. It was okay for the first half or so, then he completely blew it as he ran out of steam, and the novel crashed and burned. I've only read some of IT, but it seemed a lot better.
Yeah, i'm talking about Stephen King. And just wanted to ask you-did you dislike Cell personally or do you think most won't like it? I mean, will people find it not good in general?
IT is far better in my opinion. Cell really seemed like a waste of paper to be honest. Definately not one of his better pieces. I suggest going with IT and if you get really bored get Cell afterwards.
Ok, then. I've just find out about Misery and i read its plot which i really liked. So is it better than IT? Or should i just go ahead and buy IT?
The first bit of it was okay, as I said. But, I'm sure that most people thought the second half was as big of a joke as I did.
Then again, I've never much cared for Stephen King...
I'll ask a friend of mine which is the better to buy from Stephen King. He has, as far as I know, read them all.
Thanks, Torana. I'll be waiting for your reply.
Well I should speak to him in the next hour or two so I'll let you know as soon as I hear speak to him.
Well I'm a massive Stephen King fan - I'm working on collecting all his books in their Nel published format. I've got both IT and Cell, although Cell I can only obtain in Hodder & Stoughton format.
Anyway, I love the journey of Cell, but as has been mentioned it self-implodes at the end. I'm not talking about the last page, which I liked, but the build-up to a poor climax.
IT, while regarded as one of his best (still nowhere near the level of The Stand - read that instead if you haven't already), I could never really get into the story. It just felt ... boring. There are some excellent scenes though, and in fact two that have stuck with me are the giant bird and the scene with Pennywise in the photo frame ... creepy. Now that I think of it more it's a well-crafted, scary, novel. I may just read it again.
Go with IT if it has to be a choice between those two.
Thanks, Bluemouth. And have you read Misery? Is it better than IT?
Misery didn't resonate with me at all. I preferred IT much better. It truly is creepy and you can feel the atmosphere, as if it were real.
Any others you want to know my opinion on? And which ones have you read?
Thanks for helping me out, Bluemouth. And yes, i wanted a comparision between The Shining and IT if you don't mind.
Ah, so you're really looking into the more popular ones. I didn't think the Shining was amazing, like so many people say. It's very good but because I saw both versions of the movie before reading the book I think the impact was lessened. Is it better than IT? Well they're both high quality but IT is his scariest novel, so ...
Here are some that I really enjoyed:
The Dark Tower Series
From A Buick 8
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Others that I hated:
Thanks, Bluemouth. Now all that's left is to decide which one i'll buy...
I've done tougher things
Just to add my $.02,
I am trying hard to like King (hasn't gone well). After reading Green Mile, Cell, and almost finished with Lisey's Story (reading that book is like doing an Iron Man competition), I was still not very satisfied with him. Just finished Duma Key this morning, and it has to be one of the greatest books I've read.
Cell, while a quirky idea in our techno-based society, felt more to me like a "HA! I can write about cell phones because everyone's using them, and... well, it will be good!" than an actual novel that he felt passionate about.
Lisey's Story is really interesting if you have the brainpower to keep up with it. Great story, but very complex.
Green Mile, well... classic.
I know you didn't ask for anything but a Cell vs. IT comparison, but there you go
Cell was okay, I suppose. Never read IT. I would suggest Salem's Lot - it's one I've very much enjoyed.
King, I feel, is a good story teller, but always writes penny-dreadfulls, appeals to us on a very basic level, and is a simple case of good vs evil and a happy ending... and thats it when you get down to it.
Don't get me wrong, I do like King a lot, I just think he is overrated.
IT I felt King was trying to appease the little H.P. Lovecraft in himself. Making a story about a creature of cosmic importance, intelligence. I didn't like the idea of how the creature was born.
Cell he wrote, I think, as a thanks to Goerge A. Romero. Though the idea was good, it wasn't very well written.
My advice? Don't!
If you haven't read the Dark Tower series don't bother with IT, read DT first because ITwill make more sense.
I enjoyed Cell, it's not heavy on story but I found it (Cell not IT) to be an excellent light read.
I really didn't like IT, it was impossible for me to get into. Cell, I loved, until the ending.
I think my favorite of his is Dreamcatcher, the characters were the best.
Haven't you read Pet Sematary? That ending wasn't happy ...
The Dark Tower and Carrie didn't end positively either ...
It was the first book of his I read and it got me into King, but I was impressionable at the time, and I can see why so many hate the book ... and movie.
Yeh, Pet Sematary was stupid.
Carrie was good however, I like King's older works, like Carrie and Salem's Lot. But mostly, I think, he is overrated.
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