Monday, May 21, 2012
It's here, It's here!! I hope you're all as excited as I am. Or nervous. Or scared. Or all of the above.
Can I admit that I'm TERRIFIED of reading The Stand? Horror or even scary(ish) is NOT my genre. Then why am I reading this (Lisa really wants to know)? I have NO idea. But I'm hoping I can rope a few of you in to hold hands with me while I tackle this beast.
And beast it is! The book picture above is my first copy of The Stand--a 1978 Book Club edition. But come to find out that the original version of The Stand is "cut." Or rather in 1990 Mr. King decided to publish an "uncut" version of this giant doorstop. At first I waffled and thought, "eh, I can just get by with reading the original version" but then I decided that if I'm going to propose a readalong then I should at least make the effort to read the same version that the participants may. Since work is seasonally busy for me right now I do plan on listening to the audiobook as well (which is a daunting 47 hours by itself!). Please note that you can read whichever version you desire. Doesn't make any difference to me.
My Ginormous new copy is 1150 pages (still hardback--I think trade paperback is around 1400?). You all voted on 8 weeks but since I'll be in Hawaii for a week in July we'll make it an even 9. June 1st through July 27th but feel free to read at any pace that you like.
The Stand...along Basics:
What: Readalong of The Stand by Stephen King. I'm calling it the Standalong. :)
When: June 1st through July 27th.
Where: Sign up on this post. Midway post will go up July 1st. Wrap-up post will go up July 27th. If you are reading the original version, you should be at Chapter 38 for the midway check-in. If you are reading the "uncut" version, you should be at Chapter 48 for the midway check-in. I know, confuses me, too.
How: However you want. Original (shorter) version, Uncut version, Audio version. Post on your blog or don't. You don't have to have a blog (but it does make it fun). Chitchat on Twitter. Think I'll be using #standalong or maybe #thestand. Input?
Why: Why not?? Ok, don't answer that. To have fun!!!
(see meme below before you sign up)
Standalong Get to Know You (if you're posting about the readalong, which I would loooourve if you did but understand if you don't, answer the questions below so we can all get to know you better and where you stand with The Stand)
1. What makes you want to read The Stand?
2. Describe your preconceived notions of The Stand.
3. What was the last scary(ish) book you read or movie you saw?
4. Which version of the book will you be reading from?
5. What are you previous experiences with Stephen King?
6. Anything else you'd like to add (bonus points for being extra random).
Deep Breath. YAY!!!!!!! Oh, and don't mind me if I get started a little bit early. Even though I'm a bit apprehensive I'm even more excited!!
Anyway questions, let me know in the comments below.