It all happened kind of fast. I was in the movie theater with my boyfriend, watching commercials and waiting for the movie to begin. And so appeared the trailer for “The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger.” Oh. My. Lord. Matthew McConaughey. Idris Elba. Fantasy. Dark magic. Oh yes. Please, yes.
Then it took about 17 hours before I had the book in my hands. Because I just couldn’t watch what would appear as a great fantasy movie without reading the book before. Because I heart reading fantasy. But I’ve always had this idea of Stephen King’s’ books. I’ve always thought they’re all about sci-fi and horror, blood and creepy stuff. But as far as I could tell, the Dark Gunslinger was nothing like that. So then it was only natural for me to pick up the book and read away.
But something bothered me straight away. I couldn’t tell quite what it was, however. First off, I’ve only read nice, cute little books for the past couple of months. (Except for David Eddings perhaps, but there’s still a warm, familiar feel to his books.) So when I dived into The Gunslinger, the language threw me off straight away. Talks about tingling in loins and blood spatter shouldn’t bother me as an avid gamer, but for some reason it did. Then, there was the language over all. I’m not an English native (as you might notice) but I’ve never had an issue reading in English before. Until now. The sentences seemed confusing, almost off. And some of the words was like nothing I’ve even heard before, which made me confused whether it was names of places, people or even something that King had completely made up.
But it wasn’t only this I had issues with. There’s things that occurs that makes me loudly go “…what?” with a confused look on my face, my mouth gaping and my palms facing up. “What in the actual…” Then there’s scenes that, even though I’m not conservative in any way, makes me feel slightly uncomfortable.
Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of this story, I can understand its success. Stephen King writes likes nobody else. He follows no rules, but makes it in a way that makes his writing its own fantasy. At times I had to stop to read a sentence a few more times, just because it was so exceptionally written. The way he describes things, are sometimes so beautiful in its way that I got completely lost.
“Roland is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey towards the mysterious Dark Tower, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own. On his quest, Roland begins a friendship with a kid from New York named Jake, encounters an alluring woman and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black.”
This is how the back reads, if you want an explanation of the story. All in all, it’s a clever, iconic story. But it’s not made for everyone. I still cannot wait to see the movie, and how they have adapted the book onto the big screen.