Comparing covers: Needful things

For some reason I thought of Stephen King this week. I read a lot of his books when I was younger and really liked him, even though I was scared to death.

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One of my favourite Stephen King books is “Needful things”. The main reason I liked this books so much was because of the interwoven plot. Every detail was connected to the others in a very clever way. I can’t remember a lot of details but I know that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I like the cover of the English issue because of the graphic cover style. Stephen King’s books have been re-issued by Hodder & Stoughton, all in the same style with the plain title, an image and a tagline. “Buy now. Pay later.” Pretty much sums it up. You buy at Needful Things and you WILL pay later, whether you want it or not.

Some of the other taglines are very nice, too. “Pet Sematary”, which I found especially frightening, has “A pet isn’t just for life.” “The shining” has “Never overlook the past”. “The Dark Half” has “George Stark. Not a very nice guy.” I like them.

The German cover? Oh, well, another run of the mill cover. Fits the German title I suppose. Again they couldn’t translate the English literally so they chose to go with “In a small town.”

If you have never read Stephen King, would like to, but have no idea where to start, the English publisher Hodder & Stoughton offers a short introduction to Stephen King with some advice.

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  1. Love Stephen King! I haven’t read any of his stuff in a number of years, but I was just talking with a friend who read Under the Dome and enjoyed it. His older titles had some of the worst covers (the issues I had, anyway), and I always thought he deserved better than those lame covers his books had when I was growing up in the 80s and 90s.
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  2. Andi, thanks for stopping by. You are so right. When I read Stephen King his covers were really hideous. I remember the Pet Sematary one, OMG, it was bad. That’s why I love the new ones so much. They look stylish and do his books justice.
    A friend of mine is a huge Stephen King fan but she didn’t like Under the Dome at all.


  3. “The Stand” and even “Under the Dome” are much talked about works of King – but I have always Loved NEEDFUL THINGS – it is one of my favourite of all his works..

    I thought the simplicity of the cover said it all – and the movie rendition was as close to the book as they could get..

    Good cover choice this week – how accurate is the translation. Buy Now Pay Later.. so true..

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  4. E.H. I thought that the movie could never do the book justice. The plot was just too interwoven and detailed for a film. I liked it as it was, but it was just not enough for me.

    Yeah, Needful Things is one of my favs as well, along with Misery. I totally loved Misery. And in this case I also loved the film. Kathy Bates was fantastic in it.


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