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My Pompous Discourse on CUJO

"You see, Grey, this is not just a novel about a rabid dog who eats a bunch of people. It's a tale of the fragility and resilience of marriage, of the terrors of childhood, of how feral a protective mother can become when backed into a corner. It's part of the history of a small town. It's an absolutely fascinating tale of the advertising business. And it's a tale of why you should keep your car well maintained."

-- Me


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Jan. 11th, 2012 12:34 am (UTC)
It's very true--Cujo is the ultimate 'take care of your car don't wait until the last minute' story.
Jan. 11th, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
That and be sure to get all your animals vaccinated for rabies.
Jan. 11th, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)
So true. Although the car maintenance bit can apply to a lot of horror books and movies. Also, always keep your cell phone charged.
Jan. 11th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
True dat.
Jan. 11th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
I liked the insight into the advertising biz, myself.

Edited at 2012-01-11 01:04 am (UTC)
Jan. 11th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
And King pulled off an impressive George Carlin impression in that, I thought.
Jan. 11th, 2012 01:18 am (UTC)
I really need to get another copy of this novel. I haven't read it since I was a teenager.
Jan. 11th, 2012 01:29 am (UTC)
I had a bat fly into my bedroom when I was sleeping. My cats attacked it. To me, Cujo is a tale of get your rabies shots (for you and your animals).
Jan. 11th, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
Well put ,going for car check up asap
Jan. 11th, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
What always entertains me is that King apparently wrote that one in a single extended drug-fueled binge and therefore doesn't remember it at all.
Jan. 11th, 2012 05:54 am (UTC)
Most of King's work is about one thing on top - usually a big hairy monster - and something much more intelligent and profound underneath. CUJO is about marriage and its strains, as you pointed out. IT is about a shape-changing clown on top, and the intensity of childhood imagination underneath. THE DEAD ZONE is about a psychic assassin on top and our national lack of faith in politics and our leaders in the post-Nixon era underneath. PET SEMATARY is about our arcane fascination with death rituals, CHRISTINE is about America's auto-obsessed culture, SALEM'S LOT is about the mindless evil with a small E in small towns, THE STAND was about the sociopolitical mess of the late 1970s... I could go on. :)

The reason so many King movies don't work nearly as well as the books is because 7 out of 10 filmmakers don't get that he's writing about something besides the big hairy monster, ranging from the hacksaw who destroyed CHILDREN OF THE CORN to the great Stanley Kubrick, who took a parable about alcoholism and domestic violence and made it into a visually creepy, dull and utterly soulless boogedy-boo.

In my humble opinion, of course. :)
Jan. 11th, 2012 08:51 am (UTC)
A+++. Want to favourite this comment forever.
Jan. 12th, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
PET SEMATARY is about our arcane fascination with death rituals
In part, yes. But it is also a very painful meditation on relationships and the sacrifice inherent in loving someone so much that to lose them is to lose part of yourself. And also the fear which comes with being a parent, which is probably just as important - if not more - as the joy.

Edited at 2012-01-12 05:05 pm (UTC)
Jan. 13th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
Hmm, that's an interesting take. I haven't read it in 15 years or so; now I need to dig it out again. :)
Jan. 11th, 2012 08:50 am (UTC)
I always called it a 'shit happens, and sometimes there's nothing you can do about it' story. <3
Jan. 11th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
So which one of you is reading it? I hope Grey is enjoying if it's him. I began to read Geralds Game the other day, how did I miss that one?
Jan. 12th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
All true. A cautionary tale about the dangers of letting things fall into disrepair, and a novel which is much much more than just a shaggy (rabid) dog story.
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