Erik and I were lying in bed last night talking about the strange catching nature of vomiting (we're passing around a stomach bug), and he mentioned the story--I said I knew what he was talking about, then backed up to make sure. Yep, we were both thinking of the pie eating contest story-within-a-story from...
That's where it broke apart. Erik said Stand by Me; I said "The Body." He knew the movie; I knew the novella.
This is par for the course for me, actually. I did watch Stand by Me on TV once and was singularly unimpressed with it; the novella is worlds better. But even larger than the list of movies where I prefer the book is the list of books that I've never actually seen the movie for.
I reread King's On Writing last year, and it prompted me to check The Shining out of the library. I have yet to see the movie. Part of me wants to, but more of me thinks "Redrum? That's not in there. And what the fuck is Jack doing holding an axe? And his wife had a razor blade, not a butcher knife."
I suppose that the movie adaptation of "Apt Pupil"--incidentally from the same collection as "The Body", along with "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" (another movie I've never seen), and "Breathing Lessons"--soured me on movie versions of Stephen King works forever, though I will say that the TV version of "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band" was pretty good. I've never seen Pet Sematary, either.
This isn't all about Stephen King movies, though.
There are a lot of films that everyone else has seen that I have not. Which is kind of odd on the one hand, since I love movies, but not so much so on the other, since I grew up really poor, and so movies weren't exactly high on the list of things to spend money on. Nor are they now, though every once in a while Erik and I will say "We should go see a movie!" (We are inevitably distracted by the bookstore.) And even with economics taken out of the picture, I'd far rather move though a novel at my own pace, with my own mental images, than be spoon-fed someone else's idea of, well, anything.
Last summer I bought Monster Hunter International and saw The Hurt Locker on the same day. This year I bought Monster Hunter: Vendetta, but I have not been to see another movie in the theater since The Hurt Locker. (I did manage to see both Zombieland and The Hangover on DVD, however.)
I should probably come up with a list of movies that most people have seen but I haven't...thing is, I can't even think of them. I don't see it as a deficit of any sort unless I'm in a conversation where it comes up. This happened a fair bit during Creative Writing, in fact. When films came up as a point of reference for short stories, I was absolutely lost.
So, if we are ever hanging around in real life, you are far better off not asking me what I thought of any of the Alien films.