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The Only Stephen King Novel I Ever Threw Across The Room Is Greenlit As A TV Show: Under The Dome: The Series

By Jodi Clager | Trade News | November 30, 2012 | Comments ()


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I can't decide if this is the best news for Stephen King's 2009 tome Under The Dome or not. CBS has ordered a 13 episode adaptation of the novel, set to air in summer 2013. This is great news because the cumbersome book can more easily captivate an audience when presented in an episodic format. It's kind of shit news because the series will air on network television instead of HBO or Showtime as originally thought. Under The Dome will likely benefit from being adapted for the small screen by Bryan K. Vaughan (Lost), showrunner Neal Baer (ER), and Amblin Entertainment producing. It can only get better, right?

If you haven't read Under The Dome, know that "Simpsons did it!" is kind of an apt reaction to hearing the description. The town of Chester's Mill, Maine (surprise!) is having just a normal day when the whole town is suddenly covered by a giant, invisible dome. The edges of the dome crush, kill, and maim anything caught under it and trap some people outside and the whole town inside. Of course, the townspeople want to know who has done this and what they can do to get out. As always, there is the Good side and the Bad side fighting for control of the group. Everyone has dark secrets, shit in their past, and blah blah blah.

I really tried to finish the book, but it was almost a painful endeavor. It felt like assigned reading or a workout. I cussed at it. I threw it across the room and then returned it to the library. Still, I am excited about the series, being a masochist and all. If you finished the book, do you think CBS can do it justice?


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  • King's 800 page + novels do not translate well onto to the big or small screen. His short stories fare much better. Do not expect much from CBS, sounds like a cash -grab.

  • protoformX

    I loved this book, though I accept that its not for some people. I don't see how this is a spoiler, but just in case "Hey! Look Out For Spoilers!" When Barbie is on one side of the wall talking to someone and they discuss the possible how's I remember thinking one was kinda cool, one was unlikely in a Stephen King novel and one I was hopeful it wasn't. And yeah the ending did disappoint a bit, but I enjoyed the hell out of the ride. Its the kind of story He excels at. Like The Stand or The Mist. Maybe they'll pull a page out of Darabont's book and alter the end like he did with The Mist. It is discouraging that of all places it will be shown on CBS. But I hold out hope.

  • Isaac Gerkin

    Why is it that his books always seem to drag near the end. Pet Cemetery, Duma Key, Under the Dome, and Insomnia. They just go on and on and on. Not to mention the wierd stuff that always comes out like the little people or magic or Satan or something that always seems to happen. Thats why I go for the short stories

  • Return of Santitas

    I remember absolutely nothing about this book except that there was a dome, and that at the beginning there is some serious violence being done against a lady (suprise surfuckingprise). Enjoy, CBS. If nothing more, you've got plenty of words to work with on the adaptation.

  • Jemiah Jefferson

    Is this not the excellent comics series by the Luna Brothers, "Girls"? It could be excellent if it hews as close to "blatant rip off" of that as possible. I don't put it past Vaughn, who is my favorite writer in comics, and also managed to make some of the 4th season of Lost not just bearable, but enjoyable for this inveterate hate-watcher.

  • Jakesalterego

    It was The Stand, It, and Insomnia all rolled into the same book. Combined with kids who don't speak like kids of this century and Wolf Blitzer cameos, it made for a shitty reading experience.

    I actually appreciated the ending because of how batshit off-the-wall it was. Too bad everything else was recycled.

  • sean

    I thought the book was...ok. Just ok. Terrible ending. But I have some faith in Brian Vaughan. Although a SAGA, or Y the LAST MAN tv series would be much more interesting than this.

  • Brett

    You threw it across the room? Man, you must have some serious guns!

  • googergieger

    Who is going to star in it?! Long story short, if someone gets Forest Whitaker in a giant bubble, I win a bet. I'm pretty sure I could swing "dome" into a victory for me.

  • janetfaust

    That must have been an interesting conversation leading up to that bet.

  • googergieger

    It sure was...

    It sure was......

  • DeistBrawler

    I think it could translate well on the small screen, and it doesn't have to be on a big station like HBO or Showtime...just look at "Haven."

    I also like the book. Then again I've read and practically own everything that the man has written. As he's aged (actually since the accident) he's toned the gruesome gore and gone more for books that make you think about life and the past/future. It's taken me a minute to adjust but I think I've finally gotten to where I can appreciate his new stuff.

  • Emmet O'Cuana

    But Haven is, y'know....awful.

    Well awful in that I have sat through whole episodes and I cannot remember anything apart from being bored.

    Now Golden Years was good - but mainly because of the David Bowie theme music. That kept my teenaged attention.

  • DeistBrawler

    I love "Haven." I'm kind of addicted to Emily Rose and I have this weird interest in Eric Balfour.

  • Emmet O'Cuana

    Nothing wrong with Eric Balfour, he tends to turn up in odd places.

    But that show....yeesh.

  • Wow, am I the only person who enjoyed the everlovin' shit out of Under The Dome? I even love the ending, if not the ultimate reasoning. It's not so much about the story as it is about people, and what they do under duress, behind closed doors, in front of everyone, and to/for/against others. Damn, y'all. Oh well, show's gonna suck anyway. It shoulda been on cable.

  • Guest

    Nope, thought it was one of his best novels in a looong time (maybe since Bag of Bones?) Problematic King ending, but then...it's King. It's also a HILARIOUS anti-GWB screed, subtextually. Which isn't alone enough to make it "good," but it sure as hell made it amusing. YMMV.

  • janetfaust

    I too do not see how they can truly do the book justice without being on cable. I liked the book too, would not say I loved it, but I read it quite a while ago now and some scenes still stick with me quite vividly. King doesn't do great endings but the wide variety of characters and heart-grabbing scenes kept me engaged. Although, even when I dislike books I have to finish them because I simply must know what happens in order to feel justified in my hate.

  • Cree83

    I can't imagine this being good. You can't get away with having a horrible ending on screen the way you sort of sometimes can with a novel. With movies and television people often seem to remember the ending better than the journey, but with books it's often the opposite. That's the one thing that's saved King over the course of his whole career, and I say this as a fan. I've been reading and enjoying his stuff for 15 years, and yet I can't think of an ending to one of his books that doesn't suck.

  • Uh.
    Greed.

    Enjoyed this book, but yeah, the ending, the "why" of the dome. Yeah.

  • bbmcrae

    I had this reaction to Cell. Great first scene, followed by another horrible reworking of The Stand.

  • Xulux

    Don't try to read 11/22/63 then--another bloated novel that will put a dent in your drywall.

  • ,

    I blew through that one in a week. The man DOES write page-turners. The ending wasn't really a disappointment, because I'm pretty sure I knew what the outcome would be just knowing the premise, and that was confirmed.

    BTW, IIRC in the notes King thanks Joe Hill for coming up with a better ending. So apparently the 800-pound gorilla doesn't mind being edited, as long as it's by family.

    I can't be the only one who thought "The Stand" blew, can I? It put me off King for years.

  • Peezy

    Not sure why all the hate. The book is pretty stellar, I think. So is Dark Tower 7, to the person who said that.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Saved by potatoes.

  • Kballs

    The last Dark Tower book was King giving his "Dear Readers" the finger. You're probably drunk, so I forgive you.

  • Jezzer

    "Stellar," as in "a giant, flaming ball of gas"?

  • Feralhousecat

    This book had the laziest, lamest ending of any book I have
    ever read. After my rage subsided (I bought the hardcover like the dolt I am) I
    actually felt sorry for King as no one in his circle obviously cared enough to
    tell him he had written something embarrassingly bad.

  • idiosynchronic

    When I found out that Dan Simmons (of Hyperion) wrote that, 'everyone is going to love this book', while admiring King's full strength literary diarrhea, I knew both authors had jumped the shark. They both need an independently wealthy editor armed with a baseball bat and a paper shredder.

    http://forum.readerville.com/v...

  • Carrie/Teabelly

    I managed to finish it, but I didn't enjoy it. I probably should have given in.

  • NateMan

    I'm with the majority on this one. Love King's good stuff; this was not his good stuff.

  • Kballs

    I stopped reading King after the eye-raping he did to my eyes with the final Dark Tower book. He is an unacceptable person.

  • hippyherb

    After king was injured, my mum was worried that he ws going to die before he finished the series. After the last book, she was so angry at him. When he does die, I am sure my mother will be waiting for him with her walking stick raised high.

  • Leland Eidson

    I actually really liked the book, but I don't think that CBS will do it justice. Still I'm going to hold out hope and not be too snarky, yet.

  • Teerace20

    I have been trying to finish this book for over a year. I'm around page 700 I think. It is REALLY TESTING MY PATIENCE. I was thinking that I'd breeze through it like I did The Stand (3 times) but The Stand it is not. But yeah, I will obviously watch the show.

  • I was at an airport and I threw it in the trash. It's that bad, and the series will be...that bad.

  • It was an awful book. I got it for free on my Nook as a promotion, read about a third of it, then deleted it with gusto.

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