The Dreamcatcher By Steven King Essay

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One whole year in a hospital bed for Stephen King could only end in a creation of a great book, “The Dreamcatcher”. During Stephen King’s recovery, after his accident he wrote a nine hundred page novel by hand because he could not use a computer. There is now another attempt to recreate another of his masterpiece by film maker Lawrence Kasdan. The question is did he improve the great novel or put it to shame. The film Dreamcatcher in comparison to the novel has a lack of definition in the plot line. In creating a Hollywood picture the director Lawrence Kasdan has created an excellent detailed and very graphic film version of the novel Dreamcatcher by Stephen King. In consideration to the detail it still did not redeem itself for losing the most important fact that there was a great lose in the plot line which made the film quite confusing. Therefore the novel genre is more effective with the readers being able to follow the plot line, where the film version keeps the viewer intrigued by the suspense. The novel Dreamcatcher would be one of the most complicated novels to produce into a successful film, which is why it was not a great success.In some parts of the film Dreamcatcher, it seems that the recreation is exactly the picture as the writer described. Where in other particular scenes it does seems as if it is a completely different story line. As the film begins the director did an excellent job of recreating Stephen King’s twisted but interesting imagination into a film. Midway into the film the two plots began to go on two separate paths between the film and the book. Even with the differences in the plot line most of the characters still played the same roles. The actors created a good representation of the characters that Stephen King had created in his intellectual mind. One important part that was necessary for them to recreate was the symbol of the Dreamcatcher which represents the character Duddit. The Dreamcatcher also represents the four friends Henry, Jonesey, Pete, and Beave. This was an important symbol because it was four smaller Dreamcatchers surrounding one big one which represented Duddit and the four of childhood friends and both of these roles were vital. Duddit in a sense was the hero in the movie where in the novel Duddit is the teacher and helps his friends. Duddit played the most important part in the novel and in the book. This was deceiving because in any other story the ideal hero would be strong or smart but Duddit was a man with Down syndrome who saved the day. In the book he acts as a teacher because in the novel Duddit shared his psychic power with his friends but in the film version he was a hero because he uses his powers to fight the aliens. Other then Duddit, all the other characters were shown the same in both the novel and film. Jonesey and Henry were the two friends which did not die and stayed alive the whole movie because they were the stronger of the friends. Where Pete and Henry die...

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