Different Seasons - a novella collection by Stephen King

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Different Seasons is a collection of novellas by Stephen King. The book contains four stories: Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil, The Body, and The Breathing Method. Each story is given a subtitle, one for each season of the year. Three movies, The Shawshank Redemption (based on Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption), Apt Pupil, and Stand By Me (based on The Body), were made based on the stories from this book.

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

Subtitled 'Hope Springs Eternal'. Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption is a story of several prisons who spend time in the fictitious Shawshank prison in Maine, USA. The story is narrated by Red, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence at Shawshank. The main character is Andy Dufresne. Andy is a soft-spoken banker, quite different to the other inmates. Like most of the inmates, he claims to be innocent. Andy has a poster of Rita Hayworth on this cell wall, which is the only connection to the actress. Shawshank prison is mentioned in the other Stephen King stories Dreamcatcher, Doleres Claiborne, It and Apt Pupil. A movie was made of the story, named The Shawshank Redemption. Read about the plot of The Shawshank Redemption.

Apt Pupil

Subtitled 'Summer of Corruption'. Apt Pupil is a story set in the fictional suburb of 'Santo Donato', in San Diego. The story covers a period of about four years. Todd Bowden is a smart thirteen year old. Todd develops an interest in Nazi concentration camps, after looking in a friend's garage for comics, but instead finding war magazines. He then reads all of the World War II material he can find. Todd later recognizes a neighbour as someone he has seen in the World War II magazines. The story features a mention of Andy Dufresne, from Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. The story revolves around the relationship developed between Todd and man he recognizes. Apt Pupil was made into a movie of the same title.

The Body

Subtitled 'Fall from Innocence'. The Body is a story of a group of boys who travel down railroad tracks looking for the corpse of a boy hit by a train. The story is told in the first person by the character Gordon Lachance. Now 30 years old, he tells the story as it took place, when he was twelve. The story is told retrospectively, but some chapters relate to the present time. The Body was adapted to a film called Stand By Me. Read the plot of The Body.

The Breathing Method

Subtitled 'A Winter`s tale'. The Breathing Method is a story of a middle-aged Manhattan lawyer who joins a men's club. The members of the club read, chat, play pool and chess and tell strange stories. The story is narrated by the main character David. The Breathing Method is the only novella from Different Seasons to not be adapted into a movie.


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