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    Default Original or Revised, if you HAD to choose

    I no longer own the original version of The Gunslinger. I will probably end up buying it again at some point. I'm curious, if you had to make a choice, which version would you choose?
    Why?

    Personally, I do like the minor changes Kings made to the book. I don't think they were really necessary but I like how the book flows now. I voted Revised.





    *edit*
    I do own the Original once again. I have both versions in written and audio form.
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    The original will always have my heart. King has talked of revising all the books but I'm not sure I want that to happen and I can't view these as improvements for the most part.
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    oopps I just voted for original but I meant revised. can my vote be changed?


    I've only read the original once and so I would say that I prefer the revised as my choice


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    ok i edited my choice out



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    Revised easily. I like the changes quite a bit and also agreed with King when he felt that some of it felt like he was trying too hard in someways when writing the original.
    "It's his eyes, Roland thought. They were wide and terrible, the eyes of a dragon in human form" - Roland seeing the Crimson King for the first time.

    "When the King comes and the Tower falls, sai, all such pretty things as yours will be broken. Then there will be darkness and nothing but the howl of Discordia and the cries of the can toi" - From Song of Susannah

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    Love those powers.

    I read and owned both and must say that I like the revised better. Basically just seemed like it moved along more smoothly than the original which I can understand...you don't think of everything at 17
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post


    Love those powers.

    I read and owned both and must say that I like the revised better. Basically just seemed like it moved along more smoothly than the original which I can understand...you don't think of everything at 17
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    "It's his eyes, Roland thought. They were wide and terrible, the eyes of a dragon in human form" - Roland seeing the Crimson King for the first time.

    "When the King comes and the Tower falls, sai, all such pretty things as yours will be broken. Then there will be darkness and nothing but the howl of Discordia and the cries of the can toi" - From Song of Susannah

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    revised.

    almost solely for the mention of the taheen. but not entirely.

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    i wasn't sure on this till a few weeks ago. i listened to both twice, back to back, and i thought the original was much better. all the changes that i noticed in the revised version felt forced and unnecessary. i understand why they were made but i like the book better the way it was before.

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    There are things I like about the original, but there are definitely parts where the dialogue is like cardboard to me, the seventies slang in particular. The inconsistencies with the value of paper is a bit bothersome, too, as it was made a big deal of later on in the series. Other than that, I like the original just fine.

    With those differences in mind, however, I have to vote for the revised edition.
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    I'm a purist. I prefer the original. Of course, that's probably because I read it when it first came out. I don't mind the revised version but I do feel like there's some superfluous stuff in there.

    I'm also one of those people who gets really, really ticked when movies don't stick to the books they're based on. Which is another whole rant.

    Maybe I'll start a thread somewhere.



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    Although I was perfectly content when I only had the original, I prefer the revised edition. I like, and agree, with the changes that were made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
    King has talked of revising all the books but I'm not sure I want that to happen...
    I don't want this to happen either. I'm curious what he thinks he needs to edit/rewrite. As mentioned by others, I do understand the edits to The Gunslinger though.

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    I voted revised, because, as a writer, I know what it is like to write something and then, years larer, feel the need to change it and make it better, which is what King did in my opinion.
    There's one hole in every revolution, large or small. And it's one word long.. people. No matter how big the idea they all stand under, people are small and weak and cheap and frightened. It's people that kill every revolution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonteGss View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
    King has talked of revising all the books but I'm not sure I want that to happen...
    I don't want this to happen either. I'm curious what he thinks he needs to edit/rewrite. As mentioned by others, I do understand the edits to The Gunslinger though.
    i think part of it is little things like the western sea being on the wrong side when they're walking up the beach in drawing of the three.

    nothing *huge*, but stuff like that.

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    I can understand why some peole like the revised better. The original just holds a special place in my heart, flaws and all. Some of the changes in the revised come across as forced to me. I own both though and read both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
    I can understand why some peole like the revised better. The original just holds a special place in my heart, flaws and all. Some of the changes in the revised come across as forced to me. I own both though and read both.
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    "When the King comes and the Tower falls, sai, all such pretty things as yours will be broken. Then there will be darkness and nothing but the howl of Discordia and the cries of the can toi" - From Song of Susannah

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    The original for me. Although I liked the revised as well, I prefer the original because it had such an impact on me when I first read it and whenever I read it I always see myself sitting on that carrier as a young kid.

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    I like the way the revised seems to foreshadow events to come and seems more tied into the other books...however for me the original takes the cake, I love the way that it was written and I still go back to it time and again.

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    I read and enjoyed both, but I'll go with the original as I didn't see the need for any revision when comparing the two.

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    If I had to choose - then the Original.
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    Original forever. because that was the first and King can work on it for years it's good as it is.
    I have read the revised one... there were things that could disturb me a lot but I say it's okay but just because I felt the original one in the background.

    Roland would have understood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letti View Post
    Original forever.

    I'm sensing some ambiguity from you on this subject Letti...
    "It's his eyes, Roland thought. They were wide and terrible, the eyes of a dragon in human form" - Roland seeing the Crimson King for the first time.

    "When the King comes and the Tower falls, sai, all such pretty things as yours will be broken. Then there will be darkness and nothing but the howl of Discordia and the cries of the can toi" - From Song of Susannah

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    Quote Originally Posted by All_Hail_The_Crimson_King View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Letti View Post
    Original forever.

    I'm sensing some ambiguity from you on this subject Letti...
    Huh?

    Roland would have understood.

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    I voted original. Keep in mind tho I don't even own the revised version and haven't ready any of the revisions aside from what changes I read online somewhere.
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    I choose the original,

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