Originally posted 2015-10-10 08:00:04.
Day 10 of the challenge from Books and Cupcakes! By now, the movie has far surpassed the source material in terms of popularity, but this is Stephen King at the top of his game: Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. This story actually represents the season Spring in a collection of four novellas published in the book Different Seasons, along with Apt Pupil (Summer), The Body (Fall), and The Breathing Method (Winter). Each story is excellent, and three have been made into feature films. The Body is the basis for the 1986 cult-classic movie Stand by Me, and Apt Pupil was made into an “okay” 1998 movie of the same name.
So many great lines in this short book! I’ve narrowed it down to two that really stick with me in some shape or form, and I’ll leave it up to you to discover the rest:
“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”
“It always comes down to just two choices. Get busy living, or get busy dying.”