Welcome back to The Ultimate Reading Challenge! I outlined in 2022 how the new series will work here, so check that out before progressing further. For my ninth challenge, I read Needful Things by Stephen King. My brother-in-law lent it to me years ago, so it was about time I got to it. I am going to share my thoughts on it, as well as my prize for completing the prompt. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
Plot: ‘Needful Things’ by Stephen King:
Leland Gaunt opens a new shop in Castle Rock called Needful Things. Anyone who enters his store finds the object of his or her lifelong dreams and desires: a prized baseball card, a healing amulet, etc. In addition to a token payment, Gaunt requests that each person perform a little “deed,” usually a seemingly innocent prank played on someone else from town. These practical jokes cascade out of control and soon the entire town is doing battle with itself. Only Sheriff Alan Pangborn suspects that Gaunt is behind the population’s increasingly violent behaviour.
Review: ‘Needful Things’ by Stephen King:
I truly enjoyed Needful Things. Stories involving cursed objects and a demonic salesman is an instant winner! Furthermore, it had references to Cujo, The Body, The Shawshank Redemption and The Dark Half, which was exciting. My one criticism about Stephen King’s writing, aside from the occasional racist language, is that he tends to have a lot of filler in his books. Sometimes it takes him a while to get to the point. I felt that the story dragged in the middle but really ramped up by the end. Leland Gault is a formidable villain and one that I won’t soon forget.
A Word On The Film Adaptation:
I could only get through the first twenty minutes of the film adaptation before I had to turn it off. They made huge changes that compromised the entire story. I was not a fan of the direction they decided to go in. Sorry!
Prize For Completing The Challenge:
As you can see below, my prize for completing the prompt was this adorable mini notebook with lined paper inside. Perfect for keeping inside your handbag!
Thank you so much for reading! I will see you next month for a new bookish challenge!
Peace & Love xoxo