The Body by Stephen KingStephen King’s wonderful 1982 novella, which was transformed into the classic 1986 film, Stand By Me, four young boys to come of age over a weekend together. Set in 1960, the story takes place in the small town of Castle Rock, Maine, where twelve-year-old Gordie Lachance and his three friends are ready to set out to substantiate the rumours that the body of a missing boy has turned up near the next town. As the boys to begin their summer trek, they must come together to face winding train tracks, a brief dip in an interesting water hole, and a great deal of self-discovery. In a story that seeks to explore the innermost thoughts and feelings of these four, the reader can see that emotions run deep and that the ‘tough guy’ exteriors are only a pre-teen facade. King pulls the reader in from the outset in this well-paced piece, which shows just how amazing youth can be, when tempered with a little sobering maturity. Recommended for those who like King and his various writing styles. No need to be wary, for there is little gore, but enough language that some readers may want to look elsewhere.
I always enjoy Stephen King pieces, as they keep me wondering where things will go in his circuitous writing style. There was a strict ban on my reading his novels when I was younger, for reasons I am not entirely sure I remember. My adult years have been spent catching up and I have come to see that King can be a little intense, but he has a great deal I thoroughly enjoy. King offers up a lighter novella here, allowing his characters to develop nicely without the excessive gore. Gordie Lachance is both the presumptive protagonist and the ‘author’ of this story, a flashback piece penned when he was much older. Lachance explores some of the sentiments of his own childhood, as well as honing his skills as a writer. Gordie offers up much development as it relates to his friends, giving the reader a more comprehensive approach to those who populate the story. Through a series of events that weave together into the larger story, King allows his characters to mature through their learning experiences. Keeping the reader engaged throughout this quick read, King shows just how strong his writing can be, close to four decades later.
Kudos, Mr. King, for another wonderful piece of writing. I am happy to have stumbled upon this one and will admit that I have not seen Stand By Me in its entirety, which will soon change.
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The Body is a novella by American writer Stephen King , originally published in his collection Different Seasons and adapted into the film Stand by Me. Some changes were made to the plot of the film, including changing the setting year from to and the location of Castle Rock from Maine to Oregon. The story takes place during the summer of in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. After a boy from Chamberlain, Maine, named Ray Brower disappears and is presumed dead, twelve-year-old  Gordie Lachance and his three friends, Chris Chambers, Teddy Duchamp, and Vern Tessio set out "on a quest"  to find his body along the railway tracks  after telling their parents they will be camping out because they consider it to be a "rite of passage. The kid wasn't sick, the kid wasn't sleeping. The kid wasn't going to get up in the morning anymore The kid was dead.
What kind of movie is " Stand by Me "? Depends on your age. If you're a kid, it's a bit of an adventure movie. If you're a Boomer, it's a nostalgia piece about growing up in the s. And if you're a Gen Xer, it's a different kind of nostalgia piece, about learning to love the movies of the s the film was released 30 years ago on August 8, , recognizing that director Stranger Things" is full of "Stand by Me" shout-outs. Still, no matter how old you are or how many times you've seen the movie, there's plenty you may not know about the story behind the production , which is often as funny and haunting as the tale told on screen. Pop open some cherry Pez and read on.
But while the list of horror and fantasy translations continues to grow, one of the most enduring films based on the writer's work is probably coming-of-age drama Stand By Me. Beautifully adapted by Rob Reiner from a little-known King novella called The Body drawn from the same collection that also gave us The Shawshank Redemption , it's a movie that's entertaining, touching and deeply evocative all at once. It's a tale of early adolescent friendship feels poignantly authentic to this day. The heartfelt solidarity in the face of trouble. And, of course, the hurt insults and arguments that ensue when tempers fray. It reminds everyone of their own mis-spent youth, and really rings true. It doesn't hurt that Reiner's saga is frequently funny, and full of enjoyable scenes that skirt the boundaries of edge-of-the-seat suspense and exhilarating mischief.
By Alex Hannaford. Rob Reiner was anxious. It was the summer of and the film director was sitting in a cinema somewhere in Hollywood, watching the credits roll on his third film, Stand By Me , a coming-of-age film about four adolescent boys who go off in search of a dead body. The film meant a lot to Reiner: like the characters on screen, he was 12 in , the year it was set. The thing was, it also meant a lot to the man who had written it. In fact Reiner was painfully aware that The Body , from which Stand By Me had been adapted, was the most autobiographical work the writer Stephen King had produced thus far.