Day: 01/10/2013

Why doesn’t Stephen King like Kubrick’s “The Shining”?

the shining shelley duval

At it’s most basic, I’d suggest, the answer is because he doesn’t have to.

Some background first, perhaps. Presumably as part of the publicity for his new novel, The Shining-sequel Doctor Sleep, Stephen King has given an interview to the BBC in which he explains why he doesn’t like Stanley Kubrick’s classic adaptation of his novel.

Now, I don’t think it was a secret that Mr King wasn’t a fan. Certainly it didn’t surprise me. But it seems to have kicked up a bit of an online storm, with the New Statesman posting a particularly smug piece entitled Stephen King still won’t accept Kubrick’s genius.

Read on…