The Shawshank Redemption is a timeless classic movie based on a short story (short being relative) written by Stephen King called Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. What amazed Anthony Ferla was learning that the short story was part of a collection of four short stories, three of which were made into movies. The Body was made into a movie called Stand By Me, and Apt Pupil retained it’s namesake in another summer blockbuster. The book itself was called Different Seasons, and the only novella within it that did not get made into a movie was called The Breathing Method.
Perhaps the greatest strength of Stephen King is his ability to involve the reader in minor details that truly add color and paint a picture for the reader. For Anthony Ferla, this blends very well to the big screen. Similar to the way that comic books are laid out very similarly to a movie storyboard and thus make a conversion to movie relatively simple, Stephen King manages to capture this same characteristic by describing scenes in detail through his words. While still leaving it to the reader to fill in some blanks, King captures key details in a way that shapes the scene.
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