Book vs Film: The Shawshank Redemption is one of the greatest films ever. How does Stephen King’s novella match up?

Hindustan Times | BySupriya Sharma and Rohan Naahar, New Delhi
Mar 29, 2018 03:01 PM IST

In a new series, we discuss over texts the merits and flaws of famous books and their screen adaptations. This week we chat about writer Stephen King’s Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (1982) and Frank Darabont’s beloved screen adaptation.

The Shawshank Redemption is perhaps one of those rare films that have eclipsed their source material. When it was released in 1994, the movie barely recouped its budget, and it took years before it was counted among the best films ever made.

The Shawshank Redemption is often regarded as one of the best films ever made.
The Shawshank Redemption is often regarded as one of the best films ever made.

It was based on Stephen King’s novella, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, which was published as part of the Different Seasons collection of stories in 1982.

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As the fourth part of our Book vs Film series, Supriya Sharma and Rohan Naahar are going to be discussing how the movie compares to the novella. Here’s our Facebook Live chat:

You can also read our discussion over texts. Rohan’s green and Supriya’s white.

You can read previous discussions about Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Annihilation by clicking on the titles.

Next week, we’ll be discussing Ernest Cline’s bestselling Ready Player One, which has been adapted into a big-budget adventure by none other than Steven Spielberg. Watch this space for more!

The authors tweet at @DoNotRamble and @RohanNaahar

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