Stephen King's novella collection "Different Seasons" features four tales that are themed on the four seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Three of the four stories have been adapted into theatrical films. The stories are not your typical Stephen King fare. Themes of the collection deal with prison, childhood, adolescence and child birth. The overall theme deals with the four stages of life (birth, youth, adult and death). A few tie-ins to other King's work are found such as "Cujo", "Needful Things", (this is the first appearance of Castle Rock's own Ace Merrill), the short story "Nona" and a loose link to "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" and "Apt Pupil".
Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (Hope Springs Eternal) is narrated by a lifer prisoner named Red who tells the amazing story about about fellow inmate Andy who's desire to escape prison (after he was convicted of murdering his wife and lover) by any means (mentally or physically). Apt Pupil (Summer of Corruption) follows the life of an all-American kid (Todd Bowen) who is fascinated with learning about the dark secrets of the Nazi WWII Concentration Camps and has been following Arthur Denker, an elderly German man who he thinks is the fugitive SS officer Kurt Dussander. His desire for knowledge would lead him in self discovery of a person he never knew existed within him. The Body (Fall From Innocence) takes place during the last days of the summer of four grade school buddies before they entire Jr,. High and towards adulthood. They go on a journey that would define their manhood and set forward their stations in life. The Breathing Method (A Winter's Tale) is about a woman's struggle to delver her baby not matter how high the odds are stacked against and the doctor who delivers it.
One of Stephen King's best collection of works. The book also showcases his ability to write stories beyond the "horror" genre (even though on of the stories is a psychological horror tale). I have to highly recommend this one and even more so over the theatrical adaptations of the highly overrated "Shawshank Redemption" (a chick flick for guys), "Stand By Me" ( a milk toast version of "The Body") and Apt Pupil (a film that failed to capture the essence of the story). Do yourself a big favor and read the Different Seasons.
I didn't start reading King until around five or so years ago. I never hated King, I'd simply never picked up his stuff before. The criticisms of King seem to come more so from the fact that he's popular rather than any of his actual "problems" as a writer. Let's stop pretending that's not the case with some people. It is. If King had been an author that only sold 30 million novels instead of 300 million novels then the same critics of King would be bitching … more
I was very captivated by the story plots and how the man can make you feel like you right there with these people. When i read the first spring it brought me back to the Movie" Shawshank Redemption" ,which i really loved with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.You begin to relate to Andy and the problems he encounters in prison . I feel he played his game well while he was in there . He always had and an ace in the hole and drove warden Norton crazy. … more
Until I started reading King myself, I had always thought of him as a horror writer. The first book I read by King was IT. After reading that, I realized that he wasn't just a horror writer, but was a good writer who happened to write supernatural tales. Then I read DIFFERENT SEASONS and I realized that King wasn't just a good writer, but is one of America's greatest living authors. King doesn't write to impress the acadmia of America. Instead he writes to tell a story. However, … more
Different Seasons (1982) is a collection of four Stephen Kingnovellas with a more serious bent than the horror fiction for which King is famous. At the ending of the book, there is also a brief afterword, which King wrote on January 4th, 1982. In it, he explains when he wrote the four novellas, as well as how his agents expressed concern he would be "written off" as someone who only wrote horror.