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HMS Exeter11 Oct 2020 4:31 p.m. PST

Every once in a while I'll be struck by a notion that really has me wondering. With The Stand being revisited as a new miniseries, an old question came back to me. I have to figure King addressed this in some or another Q&A. Maybe there is a Stand savant in here who has the answer.

Were there survivors who opted not to respond to their "calling?" Ratbags who chose to duck Flagg in favor of being the solitary emperor of some domain. Goodles who decided theyd been thru enuf and holed up in their home with their grief rather than trek to Nebraska.

Anyone got some ideas. Flagg wouldn't likely be a "take no for an answer" kinda guy, but maybe he'd have little interest in lukewarms.

Inquiring minds want to know.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2020 5:11 p.m. PST

Years ago, when I noticed that King has at most 4 basic plots, I lost interest in him.
So, I have no interest in dissecting his ultra repetitive stories.
The original was an OK miniseries, and the only reason there is a second is that Horrywood has run out of original ideas. Also, King needs more royalty checks.
I'm really getting tired of his eternal "Yeah, that was a decent movie, but it wasn't the story I wrote."
Oh, buzz off.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2020 6:18 p.m. PST

OFM +1.

Lascaris11 Oct 2020 7:33 p.m. PST

My wife and I both enjoy King's books. With regard to The Stand, it's not explicitly spelled out that there are non-participants however, in the extended version of the book when Flagg returns post-Vegas he runs into (I think) South American tribesmen so certainly there were people outside America who didn't participate.

Personal logo 15mm and 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2020 8:54 p.m. PST

King has at most 4 basic plots

Let me guess which ones:

Overcoming the Monster
Rags to Riches
The Quest
Voyage and Return
Comedy
Tragedy
Rebirth

RudyNelson11 Oct 2020 8:55 p.m. PST

I have arched the Stand several times including the original airing.
Both the good and the bad camps continued to welcome stragglers even until the end.
The main evil character left Las Vegas camp several times.
Did the virus spread to Europe and Asia or South America. You would expect so. I would have expected a The Stand remake to take lace in Europe or after the nuclear explosion. Plenty of issues were unresolved.

charles popp12 Oct 2020 1:54 p.m. PST

In the book, it is stated that after the virus got loose in the USA it was released all over the world deliberately. So the entire world was affected by Capt Tripps.

In the book it is stated that they left notes and messages to guide people where to go ,plus there where hints that some people just kept to themselves and did not join either side.
I admit that King got real sloppy and repetitive in the later years but This book was just plain awesome, the expanded version was an okay .Did not really add too much. The other King stuff that I really like what Different Seasons. Gave us 2 really good movies:Stand by Me and Shawshank Redemption

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