I’m sure almost all of us have heard of Stephen King in one aspect or another. You may know him as a notable author of several horror thrillers and have likely heard of and/or watched some of the film adaptations of his works. If you are a fan of the films “The Shawshank Redemption” or “Stand by Me,” then you may like his book Different Seasons.
Different Seasons is a book of four novellas, two of which are “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” (obvious which movie this is) and “The Body” (Stand by Me). Neither of these selections are horror, as you would assume he would pen, but moreso mild thought provoking dramas.
Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption
“Remember that hope is a good thing, Red, maybe the best of things, and good thing ever dies.”
This quote ties into the subtitle “Hope Springs Eternal” and stands out to me, as I’m a basic bitch who enjoys quotes about hope. . This novella in particular, is my favorite selection from this book. A man is convicted of murder and sentenced to prison time, where he meets various wardens and a man who has the in with getting what you need during your stay. It provides you with an insider view of what prison can do to a person and the life you lead while incarcerated.
“The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are things you get ashamed of, because words make them smaller. When they were in your head they were limitless; but when they come out they seem to be no bigger than normal things. But that’s not all. The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried; they are clues that could guide your enemies to a prize they would love to steal. It’s hard and painful for you to talk about these things … and then people just look at you strangely. They haven’t understood what you’ve said at all, or why you almost cried while you were saying it.”
This is comparable to a coming of age story in which a group of friends who search for the body of a person who was killed. You discover their backstories as the boys discover lessons about life and friendship.
Have you read Different Seasons? Which novella was your favorite? Let me know in the comments!