Tuesday, November 28, 2006

WWSKD?



Here is a snippet from an upcoming article in Entertainment Weekly, from Stephen King:

I would take the main guy, Jack – the first shot of the whole series is his eye-ball close up, right? What that always said to me was that from now on, everything I see, Jack’s the eye of the beholder. So I would do something at the end where I flashback to the airport when they were getting on the plane, and I would have him taken away by people who wanted information out of him.


I would have them hook him up to a machine or something, or feed him drugs, and reveal the whole series had been Jack’s hallucination, built out of fragments of his real life – people from his past, people in the airport, his father, of course, and the numbers. The whole thing would be a lot of shuck and jive. I’d make it work somehow. It would creak, but I’d make it work.


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32 comments:

Ralph- said...

this guy is a writer?

stephsmith said...

I don't know who surprises me the most, ralph-. Him or Lindeluse. This may be evidence that people use different parts of their brain to write than to speak.

aimee in little rock said...

Maybe he uses his ass to speak? Sometimes it seems like he writes out of his ass. He has written some decent books, I'll give him that, but I just read the first in the Dark Tower series...and I have no desire to read 2-7.

I was going to pose the question about having a guest writer on the show, the way they have guest directors, but after reading this, I'm thinking maybe not so much.

Mike Campbell said...

awe i was going to post i just read that article in the bathroom tonight. Good reading let me tell you.

Aimee for the record the dark tower is totally different for the rest of it. I really enjoyed the rest of them.

Anonymous said...

yep. this is the guy that wrote "The Shining", had an amazing adaptation directed by Stanley Kubrick, and decided that a shitty TV version with the pretty-boy from "Wings" wasn't just necessary but superior because it had CG hedges running about.

Stephen King wrote some classics but he better not get anywhere near a Lost script.

andrew.

aimee in little rock said...

Mike, I'm sure given that I am who I am, I'll end up reading the rest of the series anyway. I just don't really want to because the first one didn't hook me.

Since SK seems inconsistent with his ability to be cool, I wouldn't want him near a Lost script either; I'd be way to afraid of what he'd end up doing. I simply don't trust him. I trust Cuselof more. Gulp.

stephsmith said...

Speaking of Damon, I saw a note he wrote to a viewer in response to a gift she sent. A comment was made that it couldn't be authentic because of the mispelling and bad grammar. Has anyone else noticed how unsure of his words he is in the official podcast?

Jellymanianos said...

He sounds like a cross between Beavis and a demented leprechaun! Spilling his words and stumbling about with his sentences. It's a wonder he can get up in the morning.

Ralph- said...

yes,his speach is not great, but i was refering to the unoriginal nature of his ending. come on now, that is all that he has? boring.

All of the survivors are dead. every last one of them. all the mysteries of the island reveal themselfs right before their demise. The only person to survive the whole ordeal is James "Sawyer" Ford. Standing on the beach, desparate, knowing that there is no hope for escape, he puts a gun to his head. Off in the distance at the last minute, he notices an airplane. Frantic, he waves his arms trying to get the planes attention. He notices that the airplane is an Oceanic Airliner! this is the point where you can get really creative. The airplane crash lands and Sawyer has to help the survivors, who happen to be the same people that crashed landed originally. sort of an alternate reality revamp. OR... The new plane has all different passengers Sawyer goes totally nuts, with the realization that he will never be able to get off the island and becomes the new survivors "Danielle Russo".
ralph-

Dear Stephen King,
IT IS NOT ALL IN ONE CHARACTER'S HEAD!

Ralph- said...

probably should have spell checked that, but fuck it, it was off the top of my head.

Wesh said...

ralph that's definatly way better then what SK had in mind for us. His theory would be cool if it had never been done before. It's only cool once. Didnt Dallas pull something like this? (i havent even seen Dallas, was too young i guess. I remember i being on tv and i remember Bobby Ewing and JR and that red haired women. Anyway i'm rambling.)
I like his books though.

aimee in little rock said...

Cell was kind of cool in a Dawn of the Dead-meets-The Stand sort of way. But I know a lot of people didn't like it.

aimee in little rock said...

Stephen King buys lotto scratchers? What a weirdo.

That was pretty funny in the article when Cuselofbrams were trying to find SK's house and the locals in Bangor purposefully directed them to the opposite side of town.

Ralph- said...

does anyone else think that maybe stephen king is using the popularity of lost to get some free press?

aimee in little rock said...

I didn't realize that Lost was still popular. But yes, he probably is. SK is kind of a household name, but I don't think he's written anything groundbreaking in a long time. Maybe he's lonely for attention.

stephsmith said...

About Heroes, Aimee. What if Jessica is Nikki's split-pesonality and she is repressing her memories of having powers?

Mike Campbell said...

King write a colum for EW every third week his does an essay for the last page. And he always talks about Lost.

Sunloc said...

ralph I think your right i bet EW and SK has a deal with ABC. I can see the ending of lost in hes mind only way

aimee in little rock said...

I would consider an ending like that a cop-out. Not everything has to be so "out there". Television has become so "out there" that thinking "inside the box" has become the new thinking "outside the box".

I'd almost consider a normal story more impressive now because writers seem to be trying so hard to blow our minds that it comes out way too cheesy. I'd take traditional over cheesy at this point.

Tall Guy said...

King can still write good short stories, but we haven't seen a decent novel from him since Cujo. King's Lost ending reveals that he still thinks in Twilight Zone twist endings, and that complex story structure is just something he can't do anymore. A real Lost ending won't mean anything unless it addresses the moral and redemption themes that have been running through the series. A cheap twist just isn't going to cut it, I'm afraid.

aimee in little rock said...

Tall guy, you're right. There were several reasons the show was titled "Lost". And they should all be addressed and resolved by the conclusion of the series.

Tall Guy said...

Hey Ralph

I love your avatar. Who's the artist?

stephsmith said...

I hope this doesn't sound offensive to King readers but I outgrew him in high school.

Tall Guy said...

Let's while away the Lost hiatus and the winter months by playing a game of how Lost will end.

I'm not so worried about the story specifics of Lost's conclusion, as I am about whether or not it will address and conclude its themes. I've no reason to think the creators will blow it. They did a magnificent job in concluding Eko's moral journey, giving the Nigerian priest a mythic and tragic death, which explained something about the nature of the Island. So we know that the writers/creators enjoy this level of storytelling and are not likely to throw it all away in a cheap cop out.

The main reoccurring theme in Lost is redemption. Most of the castaways have difficult or tormented pasts which they struggle to break free from. Some have done terrible things: theft, betrayal, murder, torture, and god knows what else is still to be revealed. Twenty years ago many of these characters would have been the villains of most TV shows. I'd like the show to go on and address the problem of what you do when you've done something unforgivable. How do characters like this find redemption and forgive themselves.

I'd love the events on the island to turn out to be of global significance. A great Lost conclusion would involve these damaged, damned characters saving the world, and perhaps even sacrificing themselves for the greater good. Nothing less than an epic struggle to save humanity from extinction will satisfy me at the end of the series. A twist ending would be feeble and a total betrayal after we've invested so much in these characters.

Steven King may be a burned out writer now, but he did once write an epic novel with exactly these themes: The Stand. The Lost creators would do well if they brought us a conclusion as good as King did in that novel.

Yes, I know. I think too much.

Mike Campbell said...

This has been talked before a lot but the ending of the show might not be in the creator's hands. Thats a major problem with TV your not always getting the ending you want. The studio can make a show go on forever even though they ended all major story points = X-Files.

The creators have said they only want five season but the studio might want more. We should just strap in an enjoy the ride and see how bad season 6 is.

stephsmith said...

I don't want to even think about an ending. I, too, just want to enjoy the ride.

Ralph- said...

i would really like this show to go downhill. i want to see it get crazy, i am not talking regualar "guy with an eye patch" crazy, i am talking full blown Return to the Planet of the Apes MUTANTS, cazy.

Ralph- said...

you know, stretch the boundaries of Science Fiction.

aimee in little rock said...

Live together, die alone.

I don't believe that theme is going to go away either. This is a good thing, because it's a very simple principle that could be the key to redemption for several of our characters.

Their haunted pasts are based on acts of selfishness, and the only way they may be able to make up for it is to learn that they can't survive by living only for themselves.

Survival also doesn't have to mean in the literal sense; sacrificing themselves for the sake of someone else (even all of mankind) can be their means of redemption/survival. I would not be bothered if they all died in the end, as long as they all found what they were looking for, or needed.

aimee in little rock said...

Sweet; Carrie's on TV right now.

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Mike Campbell said...

hey Ralph you going into the HD studio tonight to kick out a funky podcast??