The Dark Tower Movie - Trailer Out Now!

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by sawyerpip » Thu May 04, 2017 10:21 am

Poser wrote:Thing is, the Drawing of Three is the sort of narrative that would be dealt with by the first act of any standard Hollywood film. It simply isn't reasonable to expect a major studio-produced film to dwell on detail in the same way that King does, and certainly in such a non-linear way.

I can imagine there being a really decent origin story, that covers perhaps young gunslinger and his training, through to the events of Wizard and Glass.

(Must flag, I've only read the first four so far and am currently on The Black House. Next DT book (5) is next on the list.)


Just a heads up, if you've only read the first four I would avoid reading any articles about the film, some of them seem to be a bit casual about spoiling the end of the series.
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by Poser » Thu May 04, 2017 10:27 am

sawyerpip wrote:
Poser wrote:Thing is, the Drawing of Three is the sort of narrative that would be dealt with by the first act of any standard Hollywood film. It simply isn't reasonable to expect a major studio-produced film to dwell on detail in the same way that King does, and certainly in such a non-linear way.

I can imagine there being a really decent origin story, that covers perhaps young gunslinger and his training, through to the events of Wizard and Glass.

(Must flag, I've only read the first four so far and am currently on The Black House. Next DT book (5) is next on the list.)


Just a heads up, if you've only read the first four I would avoid reading any articles about the film, some of them seem to be a bit casual about spoiling the end of the series.


:lol: Awesome, thanks for the warning. I'm hoping to get everything read before I see the film but not sure how realistic that is at my current pace.
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by sawyerpip » Thu May 04, 2017 11:08 am

Poser wrote:
sawyerpip wrote:
Poser wrote:Thing is, the Drawing of Three is the sort of narrative that would be dealt with by the first act of any standard Hollywood film. It simply isn't reasonable to expect a major studio-produced film to dwell on detail in the same way that King does, and certainly in such a non-linear way.

I can imagine there being a really decent origin story, that covers perhaps young gunslinger and his training, through to the events of Wizard and Glass.

(Must flag, I've only read the first four so far and am currently on The Black House. Next DT book (5) is next on the list.)


Just a heads up, if you've only read the first four I would avoid reading any articles about the film, some of them seem to be a bit casual about spoiling the end of the series.


:lol: Awesome, thanks for the warning. I'm hoping to get everything read before I see the film but not sure how realistic that is at my current pace.


It's doable, although I guess it is more difficult if your reading list includes a lot of the other King books that feature in the series.

I really need to re-read it myself as the last time was probably when the final book came out. I havent read all of the other works that feature either, Hearts in Atlantis is a big one I missed. And the Wind through the Keyhole book that got released a few years ago.
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by Poser » Thu May 04, 2017 11:20 am

sawyerpip wrote:It's doable, although I guess it is more difficult if your reading list includes a lot of the other King books that feature in the series.

I really need to re-read it myself as the last time was probably when the final book came out. I havent read all of the other works that feature either, Hearts in Atlantis is a big one I missed. And the Wind through the Keyhole book that got released a few years ago.


That's what I've been doing. I took a long break for the past 10 months or so as the new baby meant my head was a bit fried and I was struggling to concentrate on reading. But I'm back on it now: I've just done Hearts of Atlantis and I can definitely recommend it. It was very enjoyable. (There are two novellas, and three short stories. I didn't like one of the short stories very much, but it really was brief).

I basically am doing the long list that Memento Mori posted on here ages ago - his notes in the spoiler box below. Everything I've read so far in bold (I've been at it for two years in total now, though that includes the long break :slol: )

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (2004 revised edition)
The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three
The Stand (uncut edition)- While more tangential than some of the stuff I've left here, it's a good book and features a fairly major Dark Tower character.
The Talisman This is less connected to the Dark Tower books than its sequel Black House but you can't really read Black House without it and Black House is pretty heavy on Dark Tower relevance. I'm half convinced the writers of True Detective ripped off Black House massively.
The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands
The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass
Salem's Lot Don't skip this.
The Mist (Collected in Skeleton Crew)- This is skippable to be honest, though I like the story and I've been meaning to watch it on Netflix too. The reason I'm mentioning it is because Skeleton Crew has one of the most horrifying stories by King I've ever read (Survivor Type). No DT mythos in it but everyone should read that story. :lol:
It Almost entirely tangential to Dark Tower but if you're going to read King you need to read It, it's amazing.

Insomnia When you're reading this you'll probably be thinking it has massive DT significance but in the end not really. :lol: I'd still read it, but do so after It. It's a good book.
Everything's Eventual A cool short story but Little Sisters of Eluria in the same anthology is more DT relevant.
The Little Sisters of Eluria (Collected in Everything's Eventual) Dark Tower prologue story.
Hearts In Atlantis A really great anthology where the stories are all interconnected. Several DT characters feature.

Black House See my notes for The Talisman
The Wind Through the Keyhole This was the eighth DT book released but it's set right before V. Read it.
The Dark Tower Book V: Wolves of the Calla
The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower


I had to skip Insomnia. I've read it before and when I started, it just wasn't clicking. This was immediately post-baby, though, so perhaps the title was a little too close to home :lol:
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by Riksilver » Thu May 04, 2017 12:04 pm

One missing from that list is Ur from the Bazaar of Bad Dreams anthology (also as a separate ebook I think), adds a bit to the mythos of the Tower. BOBD is also a really good collection on the whole so it's worth a read.
But yeah, I'm in the same boat, reason I stopped midway through the opening act of Wolves of the Calla was I realised I'd probably better read 'Salem's Lot first. And then took several months to actually get round to buying a copy, woops. I also really couldn't get into Insomnia, was going to go back to it a while ago but can't remember where I put it for the life of me.
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by Squinty » Thu May 04, 2017 1:54 pm

Yeah, Salem's Lot is pretty important to this series later on. It's a good book as well, well worth a read.

I wish I could recommend The Stand as well, but the end of it is strawberry floating horrendous. Such a shame, as the first part of the story is strawberry floating amazing.
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by abcd » Thu May 04, 2017 4:10 pm

At first I was a bit put off by the trailer. But then I read what the verge have said about it...

https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/3/15528 ... -explainer

It now sort of makes sense.

Don't read this if you're still reading the books.
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by Poser » Thu May 04, 2017 4:22 pm

Riksilver wrote:One missing from that list is Ur from the Bazaar of Bad Dreams anthology
But yeah, I'm in the same boat, reason I stopped midway through the opening act of Wolves of the Calla was I realised I'd probably better read 'Salem's Lot first. And then took several months to actually get round to buying a copy, woops. I also really couldn't get into Insomnia, was going to go back to it a while ago but can't remember where I put it for the life of me.


I have the .mobi files for pretty much every Stephen King book, if anyone with a Kindle or similar wants me to hook them up.

Off the top of your head, would you happen to know where Ur fits into that list? I have that anthology (actually as a hardcover) so will definitely read that as well.
Squinty wrote:Yeah, Salem's Lot is pretty important to this series later on. It's a good book as well, well worth a read.

I wish I could recommend The Stand as well, but the end of it is strawberry floating horrendous. Such a shame, as the first part of the story is strawberry floating amazing.


Same. I loved the Stand, as it really felt like an adventure. One of those books that you really get lost in, and really care about the characters. Even some of the evil(ish) ones. But that ending :lol:
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by Memento Mori » Thu May 04, 2017 7:11 pm

Poser wrote:
Riksilver wrote:One missing from that list is Ur from the Bazaar of Bad Dreams anthology
But yeah, I'm in the same boat, reason I stopped midway through the opening act of Wolves of the Calla was I realised I'd probably better read 'Salem's Lot first. And then took several months to actually get round to buying a copy, woops. I also really couldn't get into Insomnia, was going to go back to it a while ago but can't remember where I put it for the life of me.


Off the top of your head, would you happen to know where Ur fits into that list? I have that anthology (actually as a hardcover) so will definitely read that as well.

I think you can read Ur any time after Hearts of Atlantis.

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(Must flag, I've only read the first four so far and am currently on The Black House. Next DT book (5) is next on the list.)

Read Wind Through the Keyhole (actually Dark Tower 8) before Wolves of The Calla.
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by Poser » Thu May 04, 2017 9:05 pm

Memento Mori wrote:
Poser wrote:
Riksilver wrote:One missing from that list is Ur from the Bazaar of Bad Dreams anthology
But yeah, I'm in the same boat, reason I stopped midway through the opening act of Wolves of the Calla was I realised I'd probably better read 'Salem's Lot first. And then took several months to actually get round to buying a copy, woops. I also really couldn't get into Insomnia, was going to go back to it a while ago but can't remember where I put it for the life of me.


Off the top of your head, would you happen to know where Ur fits into that list? I have that anthology (actually as a hardcover) so will definitely read that as well.

I think you can read Ur any time after Hearts of Atlantis.

Poser wrote:
(Must flag, I've only read the first four so far and am currently on The Black House. Next DT book (5) is next on the list.)

Read Wind Through the Keyhole (actually Dark Tower 8) before Wolves of The Calla.


Will do, cheers! I've really enjoyed working through your list :D
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by Memento Mori » Fri May 05, 2017 6:22 pm

So did I, it was a great experience. I'm trying to think when I started going through that list, it might have been 2011.

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