"Carrie", Book and Film

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"From My Name is Susan Snell (p. 23): They finally even made a movie about it. I saw it last April. When I came out, I was sick. Whenever anything important happens in America, they have to gold-plate it, like baby shoes. That way you can forget it. And forgetting Carrie White may be a bigger mistake than anyone realizes..." --Carrie, by Stephen King

As is indicated by this passage from the novel Carrie, Stephen King apparently was aware of the tensions often intruding between a novel and film based on it. Whether the film version is "faithful" to its source or radically altered in tone, "gold-plated" as it were, a certain degree of tension must inevitably obtain between two works sharing a common story. Such is the case with Carrie.

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