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    The Stand by Stephen King: Uncut version or not?

    I read The Stand as a boy and loved it. Now I wanted to reread it, but I see that there's another, longer version available, supposedly with parts that were originally cut because the publisher did not want such a long book.

    My question is: which one should I read? Is the uncut version better or is it just the product of an overindulgent author who wanted to use parts of the story that were better left out?

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    I haven't read the original version, but the uncut version is really quite good. I have talked to some friends who've read the original and when I tell them about some scenes that I know were added, they tell me that it sounds more involved and fleshed out. I'd definitely give that version a read. I was really happy with it and I actually sped through it in only a few days.

    If you do read it, you'll have to post your thoughts. I'd be interested to see what someone who's read both versions thinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farseer2 View Post
    I read The Stand as a boy and loved it. Now I wanted to reread it, but I see that there's another, longer version available, supposedly with parts that were originally cut because the publisher did not want such a long book.

    My question is: which one should I read? Is the uncut version better or is it just the product of an overindulgent author who wanted to use parts of the story that were better left out?
    I've only read the uncut version and didn't think it was that badly padded-out or overwritten. In the introduction King says that Trashcan Man gets a lot more scenes in the uncut version, which probably helps his storyline a lot given his role in the finale. So I'd say to go for that.

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    I think that, in general, editors know what they're doing when they "cut" something down to make it more marketable. After all, how many threads have there been on this site asking where were the editors when the WOT books were published? Guess it depends on how much minutiae you want... example: if interested in some of the sexual behaviors of Trashcan Man when he is alone, then go for the uncut Stand.

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    Put me in the "Uncut" camp, as I read that before the original, and when I read the original, it was lacking...lol

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    Is the original even still available? I was under the impression that it wasn't. And there is no uncut version, it might be longer but alot of stuff was still cut from the original manuscript.

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    I am going to do a re-read of The Stand, and it will be the uncut version. I just enjoy King's writing... always have. This one of my favorite King novels.
    Last edited by Twinner; December 18th, 2010 at 09:44 PM.

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    I read the uncut version and loved it. That was until I read Swan Song by McCammon which is superior in every respect.

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    Not sure yet...

    I've not read the revised edition - though the origial is one of my favorite books - I really need to read the expanded version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja Ravenscroft View Post
    Put me in the "Uncut" camp, as I read that before the original, and when I read the original, it was lacking...lol

    Same here. I love The Stand and the uncut version is far superior IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhallva View Post
    I am going to do a re-read of The Stand, and it will be the uncut version. I just enjoy King's writing... always have. This one of my favorite King novels.
    Same here. I've only read it once many years ago and it would have been the original version.

    In fact I should probably add it to my collection; it's one of the few King books not on the shelf!

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    The uncut version is, to my knowledge, the only version currently available.

    I've not read it myself, but it's on my shelf. I say go for it and get the "full" version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farseer2 View Post
    I read The Stand as a boy and loved it. Now I wanted to reread it, but I see that there's another, longer version available, supposedly with parts that were originally cut because the publisher did not want such a long book.

    My question is: which one should I read? Is the uncut version better or is it just the product of an overindulgent author who wanted to use parts of the story that were better left out?
    I've only read the uncut version and I didn't notice any points where I thought 'they really should have cut this bit'

    It's one of my favourite King books - a really masterful bit of story telling.

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiskeyjack View Post
    I think that, in general, editors know what they're doing when they "cut" something down to make it more marketable.
    Maybe this has already been said here, sorry I hit reply / quote too quickly it seems.

    According to King, he'd have been fine with it that way, but it was the money people in accounting who wanted it shorter, and that's why the uncut version exists (per the intro in the longer version). Because nobody would pay $X for a paperback.

    So.

    Having read both a long, long time ago, I liked both versions. I believe the first portion of the book is longer in the second version, and since that's the part of the story I liked a lot (Things Fall Apart a la King), I found it fun. Those were the days when I had lots of spare time...

    As I recall, there is also something about Frannie having a confrontation with her bitchy mother in the early bits. That didn't make the shorter version.

    Phenomenal TV movie, by the way. More Cowbell!

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    Like others, I have only read the "uncut" version, but I didint notice any parts that I thought should have been cut out.

    Granted this was when I was in high school, so it's nigh on 20 years ago or so. I should really read it again, just to make up for the amount of space that the hardcover takes up on my shelf.

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