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Old February 4th, 2011, 3:31 am
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Re: The Stand

The Captain Trips part of the book can be easily compressed as it is heavy on exposition and establishment. For example Poke and Lloyd's run through Nebraska takes pages and pages and could be dealt with in a few minutes of screen time. We don't need to know all the stuff about their meeting on a prison farm and Gorgeous George.

Same with Nick. We don't need his life story.

Plus the ending isn't a strong enough way to end a film if you want people to come back for a second helping.

On the Border too has a lot of people taking a lot of pages to do not much. Although it does end in a way which would encourage people to come along for a third part.

A lot of the third section is guys walking across a desert which equals dull cinema

The book has a definite three-act structure like a movie and that's how it would be best handled.


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