So we’ve come to the end of The Standalong (by the way Trish…totally brilliant idea!). If you missed it, here’s my post on my thoughts for the first half of The Stand. I also rewrote three songs for the occasion: Throat On Fire, I’m Still Stand-ing, and Dark Man.
Even though parts of the story were kind of cheesy, The Stand was a pretty compelling read. I didn’t think I’d end up liking King as much as I did. Now I know why he’s such a popular author. And because I finished the book early than planned, I watched the whole movie (actually, it was a made-for-tv mini-series, but movie is easier to type). All 15 episodes on youtube. Holy crap was it ever bad. In an “I can’t stop watching” sort of way. So here are my final thoughts on the book (THIS MEANS SPOILERS AHEAD!), with a few movie moments thrown in:
After a strong showing in the first half, Nick seemed to fade into the background in the second half (even though he was considered one of the leaders of the Boulder Free Zone). Maybe King was preparing us for the big kaboom that did away with Nick? Which was pretty much the low point for me in the book. Well, that and Larry, Gene, and Ralph in Las Vegas.
And speaking of kabooms, what is with the killing off of people by bomb?? All my favorites survive Captain Trips only to get blown up in the end? Or, in the case of Glen, shot. Boo.
I loved Glen’s exit, though. He was one of my favorite characters, especially for his mouthiness at the end. He was one of the few good things in the movie, too, although he was older than I imagined.
Why did Mother Abagail make them WALK all the way to freakin’ Las Vegas? Did anyone figure that out? Because it made NO sense to me, other than to up the page count and give Stu a chance to break his leg. Okay, so in the movie Ralph makes a point about empty bodies, empty minds, implying that Flagg couldn’t track them that way. But he still knew they were coming, so really…why did they have to walk???
Stu. *sigh* I loved Stu.
Except what was up with that goodbye kiss that Stu laid on Dayna? Like he had to prove that he was such a manly man that he could un-lesbian Dayna? Wasn’t too fond of Stu in that scene. And yes, later it’s made clear that she’s bisexual, but I’m pretty sure Stu just saw her as a lesbian challenge.
Oh, and Stu had a Jim Morrison sighting?? What was up with that story?
Harold and Nadine. Holy shit! What a couple! Their stories were what made me finish the book much quicker than originally planned. I just had to keep reading to see what Harold was going to do. And to see just how much Nadine was going to lose her shit (and boy howdy, did she ever lose her shit). There are also some hilarious scenes in the movie with the two of them (they are both over-the-top bat-shit crazy in the movie). Remember when Harold is building the bomb and Nadine interrupts? In the movie she turns off the radio and Harold says “Don’t screw with my disco, Nadine” and then he tells her to “make like a library and book.”
The Kid. Pure genius, in a totally fucked up sort of way. Too bad he didn’t make it into the movie. Although the movie might’ve ended up with an X rating.
Dear Boulder Free Zone Committee: That whole spy bizness didn’t work out so well, did it? I’d say maybe you should rethink that plan, except wait…most of you are dead.
Every time a Slim Jim made an appearance I wanted to gag. Just gross.
Did anyone else end up kind of liking Lloyd, even though he was on the wrong team? Except he does turn into Mr. Obvious with his final line: “Oh shit we’re all fucked!”
Thank god for Tom Cullen. M-O-O-N, that spells hero. (And I can’t believe I just did that, since I was sick of the whole M-O-O-N thing by the end of the book.) Also, Tom is one of the better characters in the movie.
Also, Kojak. He was one of the better actors in the movie, too.
Did Joe just drop off the face of the earth?
Larry. Just as I was starting to like him, he had to freakin’ die?!? Figures.
Dear Frannie: You travelled all the way from Maine to Boulder, only to want to go BACK? What’s up with that?
Dear Stu: You should consider leaving Fran for Lucy. She’s much more likable. If you don’t believe me, go watch the movie. I mean really…how could you fall for Molly Ringwald??? She’s a whiny, clingy twit with no common sense (for god’s sake, during the entire motorcycle journey across the US, she looked like she was dressed to have tea with queen).
Dear Dark Man: DO NOT come back in a sequel. Just don’t.
And a final note on the movie. Towards the end, when the Dark Man started freaking out and losing control, his face would morph into a scary monster face. Like we needed to be reminded that he was a bad guy. Please, give us some credit. The man was obviously whacked. There was no need for bad special effects.