18 October 2013 8:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Almost 40 years after the publication of his first novel, Carrie, Stephen King remains a dominant force in American culture. No living American writer is as popular and few other writers produce work that lends itself so readily to film adaptations. King's stories offer enticing high concepts that often brilliantly meld the irrationality of the classic horror tale with the small details of American middle-class existence. Yet there’s only been one good King movie for every three bad ones — Carrie, Cujo, The Dead Zone, The Shining, Misery, Dolores Claiborne, and Stand by Me on one side and Dreamcatcher, Hearts in Atlantis, Sleepwalkers, Maximum Overdrive, The Lawnmower Man, Needful Things, Thinner, Firestarter, The Dark Half, 1408, and almost all of the TV adaptations on the other. With this weekend’s remake of Carrie in mind, here are five tips for any screenwriter or filmmaker hoping to tackle the novelist’s rich, vast library. »


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