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  • Desperation

    85 67.46%
  • The Regulators

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Thread: Desperation Vs The Regulators

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    thanks. I was wondering if there were more ah ha moments if you read one to the other in a certain direction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    You can read in any order. They have elements that crossover, but do not rely on the other. Of course you probably are aware that there are similar characters in both books, but again they do not follow as a first and sequel.
    You're absolutely correct, good sir. However, FWIW I read Desperation first (purely by chance) and therefore always had the impression that The Regulator's was the "Alternate Universe" compared to the reality of Desperation. I have no real evidence or theory to back that up, just a hunch I suppose. For some reason Desperation always fely like the "Reality" to me that's all. JMHO

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    I agree, Bill. Regulators always had a "dream/nightmare" feel to it, while Desperation seemed more "real" to me.

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    Well, yeah; if Desperation isn't the main book, then how come that is not the one credited to Richard Bachman?

    I usually advise reading The Regulators first, just because it's not as good. If you can handle that, reminding yourself that the next one will be better.

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    The Regulators has more of a Bachman style. That is why it is credited to Bachman. I highly doubt that King wrote both books, decided which he liked better and credited Bachman with the other.

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    tons of food for thought. You guys are awesome, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    I highly doubt that King wrote both books, decided which he liked better and credited Bachman with the other.
    Why do you highly doubt that? You know how it feels when you write fiction? It makes sense to me that you especially care about what you especially liked writing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pathoftheturtle View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    I highly doubt that King wrote both books, decided which he liked better and credited Bachman with the other.
    Why do you highly doubt that? You know how it feels when you write fiction? It makes sense to me that you especially care about what you especially liked writing.
    I don't know first hand, of course, it's just my opinion. After reading the forward to the Bachman Books, I get the sense that King liked Bachman and didn't feel one was "better" than the other, just different. In my statement I simply meant that I believe that King wrote Desperation in his style and wrote The Regulators in Bachman's style, and knew going in what he was going to produce.

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    Well, yeah; I just said that crediting The Regulators to Richard Bachman indicated that it was not "the main book," not that Stephen King necessarily thinks that it is not as good. I only said that Desperation is the better book later in that post because, whether he knows it or not, and whether y'all do or not, that happens to be true.

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    I agree that Desperation is the better book.

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    I read both back to back, Regulators first, and I have always reminisced on that one more than Desperation. The reason why is probably because it reminded me of my favorite Twilight Zone. The one where there's a boy who can send people out to the field with his mind when he became mad at them. I also enjoyed that they were confined to the street; I can envision being in a suburb better than being in a desert.

    They're both due for a reread though.
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    Super old thread, but gotta comment. Desperation was actually the first King book I read, and after that I couldn't stop! It's also the only book I currently have autographed by SK (my father arranged that for me - SK comes into his place of work pretty often and they've spoken a number of times...so jealous).

    I didn't read The Regulators until years after I read Desperation. I did like it, it creeped me out almost as much as Desperation, but I still prefer Desperation. I like the story a bit more, but I'm probably also just biased My only complaint is the botched TV movie that came out awhile back. I feel like they could have done both Desperation and The Regulators in the form of two actual full movies (or more) and they would have done well. I did like Ron Perlman as Entragian, though.
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    I found Desperation more engaging. It sparked my imagination quite a bit more than The Regulators.
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