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The Dead Zone, which has become a tremendous saga, beginning in 1979 when Stephen King first published the novel.

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The Dead Zone, which has become a tremendous saga, beginning in 1979 when Stephen King first published the novel. Since then it has been transformed into a movie directed by David Cronenberg with the same title, and finally as a weekly series just recently on the USA network. Much like all works that make their way to the screen, it seems to have lost a little something in the process, but otherwise carries the traditional Stephen King style. Scaring the reader/viewer, and keeping them on the edge of their seat until the startling conclusion. The book and movie parallel throughout most of the plot. In both, Johnny is a victim of a terrible car accident on the way home from the carnival where he had spent the night having fun with his girlfriend Sarah. He is transferred to a private hospital, where he awakens five years after the accident to realize that he lost all he had before, and gained a terrible curse, the power to see what the future held. When asked why Johnny felt as he did, why he didn't find himself blessed for the mere fact of being alive, he smugly replies, ""Bless me"? ...read more.


It's not until a little later in the story, after other such incidences that we find out that the doctor indeed found his mother in the exact place that Johnny assured she would be in. Johnny's first major instance of using his power outside the hospital comes when he partakes in a murder case, the case of a local strangler. The most striking revelation Johnny has whilst partaking in this case comes in the form of what is best described as a mere possession by the killer. When he blurts out, "Never catch me...cause I'm too slick." He continues, a different tone, an inhumane look, the Johnny we know is no longer there but is replaced with the killer. The book and movie differ in location of this revelation as well as the severity. The book states it to be out on a park bench, where as the movie places Johnny within the confines of the sheriff's office. The difference in severity of the "attack" may have stemmed from a number of reasons. King's style of writing let's the reader assume certain aspects, leaving some creativity to the process where as the movie is in a position to lay it all out for its viewer. ...read more.


This moment is quickly ended as he is beat with sawed off cue sticks. Johnny plans, debates, and otherwise fights with himself, finally deciding that what he must do is to rid the world of this assumed threat. He takes the chance at a theatre of sorts where he mounts himself in the balcony early one morning before a campaign meeting and waits for the rally to start. When the shot finally becomes clear, he takes it and misses. He then takes another, scaring the crowd, creating a general chaos. Realizing now that he is the target, the senator uses the baby he was kissing at the moment as a shield against Johnny. Johnny is shot and subdued. His attempt at assassination a failure, but his attempt at debunking a fraud, a success. In this case, I believe Stephen King would be a proud and happy man. A great work was carried over into a movie which quite accurately represented the original work, a rarity in most cases. Both the book and movie convey a general fear, a gift v. curse dilemma, and the idea of a fateful existence. The work is powerful, moving, and a nail biter all in one and holds its prowess in both the written and the theatrical form. ...read more.

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