This article is aimed specifically at the amazing author Stephen King. If there is any one author that can basically crank out blockbuster horror movies, it would have to be Mr. King.
Whether we’re talking about Carrie, The Shining, Christine or other horror movies, Stephen King, more than any other horror novelist, seems to be able to hit one home run after the other.
In fact, Stephen King has such a track record of turning successful novels or short stories into successful horror movies that we are tempted to believe that all scary novels make for great horror flicks.
This, of course, would be quite a mistake. You see, what makes Stephen King novels so easy to translate to horror movies is because they are modular in nature.
In other words, the storytelling is compact enough so that it can be edited in such a way that it can fit a standard 2-hour movie format. Also, the character development is compact and modular enough so that it can translate easily to the silver screen.
Stephen King writes in a very compact way. When he talks about certain characters, he pretty much tells you what the character is about and what to expect from that specific character as far as the plot line is concerned. When he talks about the story, it’s very easy to make predictions.
Well, not everybody writes that way, and this is why not all scary novels make for great horror flicks. Some writers require a long windup for them to really scare their audience members.
These types of novels do not translate to great horror flicks because it’s really hard to boil down a 500-page novel that involves so many scenes and so many scenarios into a movie that is very easy to follow with matching dialogue. That’s just not going to happen.
This is why not all truly scary and disturbing horror novels make for great movies. It would be great if this was the case, but not everybody is Stephen King.
Now, there’s quite a bit of a debate whether Stephen King intentionally writes that way. I guess we will never know for sure. But one thing is certain, the way he writes makes for great scary flicks.
It really is too bad that we’re stuck with only Stephen King because there are, I’m sure, other novelists out there that may not have met as much commercial success as Stephen King, but these less successful novelists may still have very scary materials that could otherwise make for amazing horror movies.
It just really depends on how patient Hollywood is in sifting through the massive amounts of horror novels out there. It definitely would be quite an undertaking that’s for sure.