If you look at goodreads.com, you’ll find various feeling toward this book. Some said Dreamcatcher sucks while others said the book is awesome…and where does that put me? I am –without a doubt- amongst those who said that this book is awesome… or in Beaver-isme, Jesus Christ banana the book is f***in awesome.
Dreamcatcher is not a scary or sadistic and full of blood kind of book. It’s about friendship and saving the earth. The Great Mr. Stephen King wrote this book from November 16, 1999 to May 29, 2000. During that time he was in physical discomfort. At first the book was called Cancer but his wife (Tabitha King) changed his mind and changed the title into Dreamcatcher.
What is dreamcatcher? It is an Indian Charm that looks like spider web, and it is believed to catch nightmares. You can see it in Dreamcather-the movie’s poster.
Henry Devlin, Gary Jones (Jonesy), Jon Clarendon (Beaver) and Pete Moore were best friends since junior high. Although they were almost 40 years old now, they still kept in touch and spent a week in November at Hole in The Wall (a wooden house in Jefferson Tract – look at the cover). This quartet once became a group of five and then it became quartet again because the fifth person never grew up.
In 1978, these four boys stood up against bigger boys (from high school) in order to protect a retard boy named Duddits (Douglas Cavell). Ever since that day, Duddits became the fifth person in their group and somehow he changed them. Even though he never grew up like his friends he bounded them together and they kept on saying that being with duddits were their finest days.
Their peaceful annual hunting gathering at Hole in The Wall about to be changed by an alien entity called Mr. Gray. Their friendship finally broken up, two of them died, one had been possessed by Mr. Gray and the other one got caught by the army. In the end, with Duddits’ help they were able to prevent Mr. Gray’s intention. I couldn’t write them all here, coz it would be a spoiler.
What I like the most about Dreamcatcher is their friendship, duddits, and how the story was written. So many conflicts written in past-present style. Dreamcatcher has caught all of my attention and when I finally finished reading it, there was a spot in my heart that felt empty (like when something good in your life finally over). That feeling always happened after I finished reading a very good story and make me feel like I was in the same world with the story in the book.
Rating : 5 Stars (It Was Awesome)
The book has different ending with the movie (thanks God I watched the movie before reading it, if I had done the other way around, I would definitely be disappointed at the movie). Since this is a spoiler, I’m going to write it in white (block it if you want to read it). The book’s ending : Henry with Duddits’ help entered Jonesy’s mind and both of them killed Mr. Gray. Mr. Gray was sleeping (but not really sleeping) in one of Jonesy’s mind’s room. Once it died, Jonesy took over his body. In the movie, Mr. Gray got out of Jonesy’s body and fought Duddits who happened to be another race of alien. Both Jonesy and harry watched that fight.
I like the book’s ending better than the movie.