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Stephen King ‘Christine’ Review


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Written by: Vitina Molgaard

‘If being a kid is about learning to live, then being a grown-up is about learning how to die.’

                                                                               —Stephen King 

 What an interesting love story Mr. Stephen King created when he penned this 1983 offering. And it is most definitely that, with one very different aspect to the affair, the introduction to a 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine. This is not your ‘average’ love story, but then who would expect that from Mr. King?

The tale involves two teenage males who have been best friends since very early childhood: Dennis Guilder and Arnold Cunningham. Dennis the successful, well liked student has been protecting, while also being a genuine friend to ‘Arnie’, the nerdy buddy, if you will. There is also a young woman introduced into their lives during senior year, and while there is a slight bit of envy between the two boys over her, she is actually not the catalyst that subsequently destroys Arnie and Dennis’ friendship. That would have been much simpler than the actual problem that works into this story.

The main trouble is the car, Christine – who turns out to be one possessive and possessed wicked moving vehicle. She has an agenda all her own and there is nothing pleasant about an automobile with her own obsession and penchant for murder. And rest assured, murder and revenge are definitely on her mind.

This is a story I had put aside for a good number of years, always with the intention of reading it the first moment available. Well, that lengthy delay proved I’d been missing something quite unique. This was made into a movie and I had seen it and enjoyed it, but the film – as amazing as it is – just didn’t do the story true justice. While the movie did a good job of telling the tale, the book ultimately has so much more to offer. The depth of the characters and deep insight into their motivations ultimately leave the novel exponentially more fulfilling, and richer.

I recommend this read with resounding enthusiasm. If you have never read Christine, do so now. And if you have read it before but find yourself in the mood for some vintage King, this is the book for you!

Order it here.

Rating: 5/5

    

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5 Comments on Stephen King ‘Christine’ Review

  1. Wayne C. Rogers // February 9, 2014 at 8:06 pm // Reply

    Great review, Vitina. The book is certainly more indepth than the movie. Even John Carpenter admitted that to turn a 20-hour reading experience into a two-hour viewing experience was daunting to say the least. The novel is excellent in every sense of the word. Rich Chizmar (owner of Cemetery Dance magazine and publishers) said in the afterword to the recent limited edition that for him the story was about not being able to go back, especially for Dennis once Arnie is killed. You reach a certain age in life and understand that you can never go home (as Thomas Wolfe wrote), and so have you have to keep moving forward at all costs. I watched the film again last night after having watched it a few weeks ago, and it truly stands the test of time. Christine is a beautiful and deadly woman who prefers to keep her men to herself even if she has to murder those who would come between her and her owner. Well, I never had that problem with my Volkswagen!

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  2. Sounds good. I read Joyland and thought it wasn’t great and then started another of King’s books and didn’t like it. Might give this a bash.

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  3. Vitina Molgaard // February 9, 2014 at 11:22 pm // Reply

    Vintage King deserves a read…I hope you do give this a go lionaround …and Thank you Wayne for your response. I could kick myself in the butt for how long I put reading this one off. So much more to the novel and I agree the film still stands the test of time…just me..Vitina

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  4. The novel Christine is about a socially awkward teenager who purchases an inherently evil car haunted by the spirit of its’ former owner and ends up possessed by that spirit as the car takes over his life, leading to a series of murders. The film Christine is about an evil car that is alive and forms an unholy bond with the socially awkward teenager who purchases her, eventually taking over his life, infecting his soul and leading to a series of murders. I enjoyed the novel a lot, but I actually thought the streamlined approach of the movie worked much better for this story and, consequently, I enjoyed the movie more. This is one of the rare occasions where I can honestly say that about a King novel. Great review, Vitina!.

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  5. I’ve been debating reading some books that I had previously read when I was younger and experiencing them now, through more adult eyes. There is so much to read, but if I do go back, this would be on my list for a revisit.

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