With the upcoming new adaptation of one of Stephen King’s classics, Fire starter, starring Zac Efron and Sydney Lemmon, what better time to watch the legendary author’s best books according to avid Goodreads readers. Stephen King is one of the most legendary authors of all time with a career spanning over 50 novels and 30 years of writing.
The author is responsible for some of the greatest hits in the horror genre of all time, and his books have been adapted into blockbuster films since the start of his career. With classic adaptations like Christina, the brilliantand ThisKing is endless inspiration for all kinds of creatives.
ten The Dark Tower #1 – The Gunslinger (1982) – 3.94
The gunslinger is a fantasy action western, and one of King’s few books that isn’t primarily horror. The story is about an enigmatic hero, named Roland, who is the last known armed bandit hunting down the dangerous Man In Black across a fantastic western front.
The book is the first part of an eight-book series written entirely by King. The series is probably not recommended for a first reading of King, as the author delves into content mentioned in other works. The dark tower was also unsuccessfully adapted into a film in 2017.
9 Carrie (1974) – 3.97
There is no doubt that Carrie is one of many certified Stephen King classics. The story is about a misunderstood and isolated high school girl who discovers she has telekinetic powers and ends up going on a violent revenge.
The terrifying portrayal of alienation and revenge is iconic in the horror genre and has been made into a few films. The original film, directed by Brian De Palma and starring Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie and John Travolta has become a classic and is considered one of the best film adaptations of Carrie.
8 Pet Sematary (1983) – 4.03
Pet sematary is a classic horror novel about a family moving to a small town in the Main and discovering a mysterious cemetery located in the woods behind their new home. The book is widely considered one of Stephen King’s scariest and deals with themes of family, loss and grief.
The book has been made into several film adaptations, the most recent being in 2019 Pet sematary with John Lithgow, Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz. 2019 Pet sematary received mixed reviews due to changes to King’s beloved original story.
7 Salem’s Batch (1975) – 4.04
Salem Bundle is a classic Stephen King horror novel about a writer returning home to find that the people of the small town are becoming vampires. It was only King’s second published novel, and it’s aged incredibly well, as many fans of the iconic writer cite it as one of their favorites he’s ever written.
In 1979, Salem Bundle has been adapted into a popular TV miniseries but has yet to be made into a feature film adaptation. However, there are plans to change that with Gary Dauberman’s next adaptation.
6 Misery (1987) – 4.19
Misery is a thriller novel by Stephen King and is one of his few books that is consistently overshadowed by its film adaptation counterpart. Misery is about an author rescued from a car accident by his biggest ever fan, but he quickly realizes the nightmarish captivity he now finds himself in.
King wrote a truly legendary underdog protagonist to take on one of the greatest female villains of all time, and Rob Reiner was able to capture that beautifully in his film adaptation of the story.
5 The Shining (1977) – 4.25
the brilliant is another iconic Stephen King horror novel about a man and his family going to a remote hotel for the winter for a new job, only to quickly realize the hotel is haunted and covered in spirits. evil.
Stanley Kubrick’s legendary film adaptation starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall has only contributed to the novel’s fame and notoriety, despite notorious creative conflicts and disputes between King and Kubrick over the adaptation. . King recently penned a highly anticipated sequel to the brilliant called, Doctor Sleep which was also adapted into a film.
4 It (1986) – 4.25
by Stephen King This is one of his most beloved books, and also one of his longest at over 1100 pages. The iconic horror novel is about a group of friends who are bullied as children run into a shape-shifting monster that often takes the form of a demonic clown, then return to fight the monster once more in adulthood.
This has an incredibly touching coming-of-age story, but also features one of the scariest monsters of all time in Pennywise the Clown. This was recently made into a two-part film adaptation by Andy Muschieti, with an incredible performance from Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise.
3 The Tribune (1978) – 4.34
The stall is a post-apocalyptic horror novel about a man escaping from a bio-testing center and unleashing the spread of a deadly mutated version of the flu. The book is absolutely enormous in size and scope and is certainly not an easy-to-read topic on the current pandemic.
However, if any storyteller has the ability to tell a story like this and keep you engaged and genuinely interested throughout the story, it’s King. The stall has been adapted into two TV shows but has yet to be adapted for the big screen. Whoopi Goldberg, Odessa Young and James Marsden starred in the latest Paramount+ adaptation.
2 11/22/63 (2011) – 4.31
11/22/63 is one of Stephen King’s best books he’s written in a long time, and it’s one of his most unusual because it completely forgoes the horror genre and instead offers readers heart-pounding historical fiction. and packed with action. The book is about a man who discovers he can go back in time and decides to stop JFK’s assassination from happening.
The plot is relatively simple, but King makes the 1000+ pages of this book impossible to put down. 11/22/63 was also adapted into a Hulu original TV show starring James Franco.
1 The Green Line (1996) – 4.46
the green mile is a horror drama that leans more on drama and less on horror. The story goes that death row inmate guards have their lives changed when they discover that one of the falsely accused inmates they are responsible for has a special gift. The green Line was originally released in six separate serialized volumes before eventually being released as one complete book.
The green Line became a hugely successful film adaptation with legendary performances from Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan.
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