And many authors in the past have had their famous literary works changed for the film version. What is written does not always work on film.
Most of the iconic images or sequences in THE SHINING were invented by Kubrick/Johnson. Or Jack Nicholson. Or even Garrett Brown with the Steadicam.
What is truly stupid is to suggest that Kubrick merely filmed King's original plot elements verbatim from the novel. Kubrick improved upon many things, especially when compared to that widely-disavowed abomination called the miniseries. And that later disaster lies squarely at King's feet.
Some of Kubrick's numerous changes were:
1) Using an existing hotel on a mountaintop to reinforce the isolation and treacherous winter road conditions.
2) Not relying on the Stanley Hotel's actual interiors, and creating conflicting interiors solely for the film that are much more vast and ominous.
3) Ullman is now extremely friendly and even compliments Jack in his interview.
4) The elevator door with a torrent of blood forcing its way out.
5) The Grady daughter ghosts who were described as being at different ages are now changed by Kubrick into the identical Burns twin sisters who mirror each other. And the memorable encounter in the hallway with Danny.
6) No furniture, doors, or objects moving by themselves in a supernatural fashion as described in the novel. Kubrick went even farther with the concept and changed how actual freezer door hinges open and close, where the hedge maze entrance is, and created doors, windows, and possibilities that appear real, but cannot even logically exist in the layout of The Overlook.
7) Jack Nicholson invented the violent throwing of the tennis ball against the walls, and the sacred sand painting.
8) Jack's typewriter attack on Wendy, invented by Nicholson who was already a famous writer and used his own experiences with writer's block.
9) Jack is shown having the ghostly encounter in Room 237's bathroom, not Danny.
10) Wendy was cast as being a much more realistic and ordinary wife of a violent alcoholic, who makes excuses for her husband to others, and stays out of his way when threatened. It's one of the key differences that seems to piss everyone off. But we do feel like Wendy's life is in danger, and an axe is much more deadly than a roque mallet. As Hallorann discovered with a single blow.
11) "Heeeeeerrrreees Johnny!" - invented by Nicholson, and almost left on the cutting room floor by Kubrick.
12) Kubrick actually showed Wendy interrupting the "possible" reward that bearsuit Roger receives from Horace Derwent. King only hints at this possibility in his novel, but it never actually occurs once. It's an extraordinary way to show Wendy instantly that she has been overlooking distateful events in her marriage for years. And that her husband is now the willing servant himself - on his knees now "servicing" The Overlook Hotel in any way it asks of him. Including the murder of his wife and son. No film before this had ever shown two male ghosts having sex. It was implied with Quint and Jessel offscreen in THE INNOCENTS, but never filmed in the way Kubrick did. And one of the most discussed sequences of the entire film.
If Kubrick himself rejected King's earlier screenplay and created his own with Diane Johnson then THE SHINING film becomes a very different vehicle, indeed. And one that King never sat in.
What makes the film so great is precisely how Kubrick reinvented King's ideas, and jettisoned the "tragic Jack" saccharine martyrdom themes. For a film that represents denial throughout history, The Overlook Hotel is a perfect concept for Kubrick's philosophies of what The Uncanny represents in a mainstream horror film.
Love Kubrick's movies, he is a true genius. I never suggested he transcribe King's words to the visual medium verbatim, only that without King the film wouldn't exist in the first place, along with a lot of superb movies.
Frank Darabont's movies The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile are extremely close to the novels, and The Mist is also very similar except the movie ending packed a much bigger punch that the original story.
I just must protest at calling Stephen King stupid, because he doesn't like the film version of The Shining, then comparing him to the likes of Michael Bay for goodness sake. Bit harsh.
Kubrick was a true genius that should say, having problems editing on my phone. Can't go into IMDb on work PC or I'll be sacked.
And all I'm saying is that IF the miniseries was how this author actually sees his novel - then I read a different novel.
Nothing in the miniseries felt correct to me. It was embarrassing. Kubrick nailed the surrealism, the fear, the paranoia, the blue snowbound hotel, and the ghosts that look like actual people standing in front of you.
So maybe Stephen invented it, but Stanley was the visionary director who really saw it.
Never saw the TV series but hardly any director ever comes even close to the likes of Stanley Kubrick, who is a legend. In a similar way Blade Runner only vaguely resembles Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, yet it's an extraordinary movie.
Exactly my point. King may have written some classics, but his miniseries almost seems like a parody, or a Monty Python skit. And they never stop talking. They just keep on blathering for ever, and ever, and ever...
And they never stop talking. They just keep on blathering for ever, and ever, and ever...
And you just keep on letting it get to you, again and again and again. Say, remind me again who is the one making a big deal about all this.
What a stupid thing to say. Without the genius of Stephen King there'd be no The Shining
LOL, The Shining was a complete rip off of the book, Burnt Offerings. All he did was change which parent goes crazy, make the remaining family members survive in the end and change the setting from a small summer house to a huge hotel. Go watch the movie adaptation of Burnt Offerings, then come back and say how ingenious King was.