Jul 23, 2013

Two Thoughts From Under The Dome

I must admit...while I do enjoy the stories written by Stephen King, I just cannot read his novels.  His writing style is as challenging for me to read as it is to read a Shakespeare play.  Yes, I get lost.  But the movie adaptations created from his novels are amazing!!!  I have watched them all and always find them suspenseful (and terrifying in a "crawling in your skin" way).  

The latest movie adaptation released, Under The Dome, is a TV miniseries.  It's still currently in progress so I don't know what'll happen next.  I've been watching the episodes on Amazon Prime because the network airs the original episodes so late at night, I'd have trouble going to bed with the heightened fear that the story elicits in the viewer (or is it just me?).  At least through Amazon Prime, I can watch anytime I want - commercial-free!


My first thought - So far, I think all the actors and actresses in the series are great!  They really play their parts realistically.  You might even start to feel like you're there with them - trapped under a dome that you have no idea how long for and whether you'll have enough food, air, water, and supplies to sustain yourselves until that dome goes away (if it ever goes away).

Rachelle Lefevre is excellent in her role as Julia Shumway, a newspaper editor, who is desperately searching for her missing husband.  I remember her as Victoria, one of the vampires in Twilight.  That role was nothing compared to the intensity of this role.  Rachelle Lefevre's talents were somewhat wasted in Twilight, in my opinion.

My second thought - I read a New York Post article that indicated that this miniseries does not stay entirely faithful to Stephen King's novel.  One main character, for instance, was not an outlaw in the book, but was made into one in the series.  I can't complain.  Many movie and TV adaptations often get revised, often to add dramatic flair or to accommodate specific details in the time allowance required for the project.  Either way, I can't wait for the next episode to be broadcast.  I want to see what happens next!!!

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Cheryl said...

My husband and I have been watching this series as well. I haven't read the book so I didn't realize what liberties have been taken with the characters.

But the plot is really unique with the dome. Although, when I was telling my son about the plot he said "oh you mean like the dome that covered Springfield in the Simpson Movie. OK so maybe it isn't entirely unique but scary as heck anyway.


Have a great week, Liggy.

Trina said...

I am an avid Stephen King reader. He goes so far into depth developing his characters that the movies feel like there's just so much missing. I haven't read The Dome or see the miniseries, but my favorite by far will always be The Stand. The book was amazing and the movie (5 VHS tapes long LOL) was spectacular.. M O O N that spells Good Book!

Thanks for the heads up, I'm off to find the book :)


Wolfbernz said...

Hi Liggy,

Stephen King movies re pretty freaky. I haven't seen this miniseries, but I remember Pet Semetary and It very well. Howling cats and freaky clowns can be very haunting. I completely understand how you wouldn't want to watch one of his movies right before bed.

Clicks for you,

oldereyes said...

I am a huge Stephen King fan and I'm with Trina, I love the richness of his characters and the many subplots in his books. I've been a little disappointed in the Under the Dome series but I always prefer books. I'll keep watching, though. My current favorite Stephen King book is Duma Key.