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31 Days with the King – Christine

31 Days with the King – Christine

Hey y’all, it’s Jackie. Tonight’s date with the King is one whose premise may not sound particular interesting (a killer car?), but I can assure you it provides for a quality read if you give it a chance! At least, I can guarantee it’ll scare you enough to never want to adjust your car seat ever again. Tonight’s selection is…Christine

King wrote Christine in 1983, after watching the odometer on his car flip over to 10,000 miles, and wondering if there might be a tale to be told in an car odometer that goes backwards. It turns out that there is, and it concerns a young man named Arnie Cunningham, a nerdy, high school outcast who purchases a run-down 1958 Plymouth Fury he sees along the side of the road, against the better judgment of his friend, Dennis Guilder. As he works on fixing up the car, which he names Christine, Arnie also fixes up his high school persona, becoming a   cool, confident young man who’s pride and joy is his badass car. However, it turns out Christine has more hidden under the hood than just a fast engine and means to transform an socially awkward outcast’s life: she hides a sinister, possessive spirit, and what she does with that power drives Christine into being a fabulous read.

Yeah, sixteen year old Jackie thought Keith Gordon had it going on. What can I say?

The film adaption of Christine, directed by John Carpenter and starring Keith Gordon as Arnie, received a less-than-favorable reaction from critics when it was released in 1983, but has since become a cult classic and will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year. Yeah, the film adaption has its lukewarm bits, but it was enough to make me want to own a vintage car and develop a massive crush on Keith Gordon as a teenager, so I would recommend it, especially for those looking for a King adaption that sticks close to the source material.

Have you read Christine? If so, what was your favorite part? What did you think of the film adaption? Let me know in the comments below, and, as always, don’t forget to subscribe to Superficial Gallery, where we post the good stuff daily!

About The Author

Jackie Torrance

Jackie Torrance grew up in the cornfields of the American Midwest near Gatlin, Nebraska. She was a small, strange child with an affinity for playing near the sewers and setting things on fire. However, as she aged, the plainness and quiet of the Midwest failed to satisfy Jackie's growing yearning for adventure, and on the night of her senior prom, she stole her boyfriend's vintage 1958 Plymouth Fury, and headed out west to Colorado. There she spent several weeks hiking in the mountains and writing a novel whilst staying at the Overlook Hotel. Upon the completion of said novel, she restarted her roadtrip and drove east until she reached Maine. After living a few years in the town of Derry working as a librarian, she relocated to Castle Rock, where she is currently employed as a reporter for the Daily Call. In all seriousness, I'm a Midwestern girl in her senior year of college to get a major in film studies and a minor in screenwriting. I enjoy reading books, listening to classic rock, writing, and drinking whiskey. The only thing true about the above bio is that there's a cornfield across from my house.

3 Comments

  1. Mells Bells

    Fantastic review, Jaxx! You are killing the King game! I love Christine – it’s one of my favorites and one of the first books I read of King’s. The movie has always been one of my favorites as well!

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  2. Andrew

    Watching the car fix itself in reverse always freaked me out as a kid.

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  3. Acadia

    The two things I will always treasure about this book and movie are the fact that in the movie, Buddy Repperton looked just like Jim Morrison and the old guy in the book calling people: “shitters”. lol

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