Greetings all! I started this community so folks could chat only about Stephen King's THE STAND. If you want to talk about IT or NEEDFUL THINGS or THE SHINING, there are other places for that. This is a place to chat about the book, the author, the film, the actors, whatevah! So feel free to post.
Here's an opening question...how long have you been a fan of the movie/book?
I first read the book in the early 90's after the miniseries first premiered. I didn't watch it then, since Stephen King was supposed to be uber scary. Then the following summer I just picked up THE STAND and decided I was going to read it - what the hell. I've been a huge fan ever since. I try to read the novel at least once every year. After reading the book for the first time, I bought the movie on tape and watched at least a hundred times over the years. Now I own the DVD and try to watch it every now and then. It's by far one of my favorite King stories.
Ok, one more question...who are your favorite characters?
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Stu Redman. To me he's the ultimate hero. He has such great integrity and honesty, so much so that you can't see him as a bad guy at all. Gary Sinise was the perfect actor to play him in the film since I think he posesses these same qualities. If they ever remake this film, Gary HAS to be Stu. There's just no other choice.
Some other favorite characters: Larry, Glen, Flagg, Frannie (in the book) and Nick.
Any other thoughts?