Today, my lovely wing(wo)man and I will be chatting about our favorite unpopular opinions. You know, those views on just about any topic under the sun that have the potential to, bare minimum, have the masses roll their eyes or, worst case scenario, get you shanked or make you the scourge of the internet.
So, without further ado, let me get this party started.
My number two favorite book ever is Stephen King’s The Shining (since I know someone is bound to ask, number one is King’s ‘Salem’s Lot). In 1980, Stanley Kubrick made a movie called The Shining. It is billed as an adaptation of the King novel. In fact, all the 1980 release is, as an adaptation, is a flaming pile of donkey shit.
To begin, Jack Nicholson (while a stellar actor) and Shelley Duvall are not Jack and Wendy Torrance. They are too old and they aren’t attractive enough to fill the boots of King’s such wonderfully crafted characters. In and of itself, that was enough to taint the adaptation in my eyes.
Furthermore, there was very little focus on the actual important part of the story. You know, the part that the book/movie is named after… The Shining. Danny’s role, while touched upon, is basically left undeveloped. So where did the whole element of the supernatural (King’s forte) go? This movie is about a man who gets a raging case of cabin fever with brief glimpses of bloody elevators and ghosts.
Now, had they left the word “adaptation” out of the mix, made the movie just as it is, and named it something different (not biting off of such a phenomenal page-turner), the movie would be great.
As an adaptation of one of my favorite books? This is a definite no-go for me. It’s an unpopular opinion of mine because a lot of people out there think Kubrick can do no wrong. I simply say, “I beg to differ.”
P.S.: As I hear it, King wasn’t even that impressed with the Kubrick release.
Let’s see what Barb came up with.
If I remember correctly, you’re right, Stephen King was NOT happy with that movie. Then again, I don’t think he liked very many of the film adaptations of his work.
As for my own unpopular opinion, I’m honestly tired of all the “cell phones are ruining everything” rants.
Can technology be overused? Sure, anything can. You can literally die from drinking too much water. That doesn’t make water bad.
I grew up in the 80s. My grandparents still had an 8 track player, which a lot of you will probably have to look up. Needless to say, I’ve borne witness to incredible changes in technology and communication.
Thanks to this little computer in my pocket, I never have to worry anymore about being stranded somewhere with no way to reach help. Years ago, the ex spun out in snowy conditions. We had to sit on the side of the road with two young children until someone came along who was willing to help us.
When I had a blowout a few winters back, thanks to my cell phone, I had help in minutes.
Jay and I have relatives who live far away, and we’re able to keep in touch with them, to exchange photos, videos, and stories of our lives, because of technology.
Just because I’m getting older, doesn’t mean I’m willing to fall into the rut of the mythical “good old days”. They weren’t all that good anyway. (Dissy: I’m sure that’s another “unpopular opinion,” too.)
Dissy here: I’m not sure we’ve been controversial enough… Neither of our opinions are really shank-worthy, so let me just throw this out there:
I don’t find beards the least bit attractive, and I think Green Day sucks.