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King Kong [PDF / EPUB] King Kong Introduction by Greg BearPreface by Mark Cotta VazThe giant prehistoric gorilla King Kong is one of the most recognized images in our culture So great is the mighty Kong’s hold on the popular imagin Introduction by Greg BearPreface by Mark Cotta VazThe giant prehistoric gorilla King Kong is one of the most recognized images in our culture So great is the mighty Kong’s hold on the popular imagination that his story–a gripping yarn of man versus nature coupled with a fantastical update of the Beauty and the Beast legend–has been thrice made into a motion picture most recently in and referenced endlessly in every medium from books to prime time sitcoms Beneath King Kong’s cultural significance however is a tense and surprisingly tender story One cannot help but be frightened by Kong’s uncontrollable fury be saddened over the giant’s capture mistreatment and exploitation by venal showmen or sympathize with the beast’s ill fated affection for the down on her luck starlet Ann Darrow This Modern Library edition of a true colossus among adventure stories is reprinted from the original novelization of the movie script and includes a Preface by Mark Cotta Vaz the preeminent biographer of Merian C Cooper producer of the original classic film From the Trade Paperback edition.


10 thoughts on “King Kong

  1. says:

    It seems to me that classics tend to become classics for one of two reasons The first being that they are incredibly well written novels that become examples of their craft The second being that they may contain ideas which are universally relevant I'm not suggesting that a classic cannot be both for instance Pride and Prejudice is both a social commentary and beautifully written Yet I believe that one of those two features dominates as to why it is remembered as a classic work of fictionIn the case of King Kong the legend of the beastly Kong survives mainly due to the second reason with the nature of its ideas being greater than the book itself It reminds me of a similar book by Edgar Rice Burroughs in Tarzan of the Apes as the idea behind King Kong that of a savage king of the wild encountering westernised civilisation is similar Yet interestingly in the case of this classic novel like with another classic 2001 A Space Odyssey the book is a novelisation of the film However this novelisation was written and released before the movie reached cinema screensBy now almost everyone in western civilisation knows the basic premise of King Kong Most people know of how he came from a mysterious island to New York There are fewer who do not know how he ultimately ends up atop the giant Empire State Building battling planes the symbol of nature battling the enforcers of civilisation The image of Kong atop the Empire State Building is one ground into the public consciousness and reinforced by advertisements films video games and slogans This book like most source material contains this very legendary story and fleshes it out for the reader who has not yet discovered the entire storyThe writing in this novel is somewhat rough and at times poetic It is hardly the most artistic writing and yet it has a historical charm about it that speaks of adventure and exotic action It is a writing style that works in connection with the powerful ideas and the legend of King Kong to provide a fascinating storytelling experienceAs a final note it can be hard not to see the tale of King Kong as a metaphor given the period of history in which it developed The idea of a creature being taken from its homeland and chained for the amusement of presumably white American Broadway attendees and press hints at issues in the consciousness of the time It hints at the cultural condition of the African American people and slavery And yet I would be wary to consider this book as one which endorses and upholds white supremacy as I would be wary to consider the legend of Tarzan in the same way There can be such an issue as reading too deeply into any narrative I would also be reluctant to see Kong as a symbol of masculine strength and domination over women therefore creating a chauvinistic narrative from this text though an argument could perhaps be made for thisHowever I would consider the tale of Kong as one which considers the idea of western civilisation versus the forces of nature Kong the mighty king can be seen as a force of the wild An untamed spirit of nature which is ultimately destroyed by the power of progress and the machines of war Yet at the same time it is a clearly a reworking of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast a fairytale referenced often in this book Ultimately the story of Kong is one which is a powerfully symbolic tale Yet at its heart it is also classic adventure fiction of the best type full of pulpy writing and characterisation As such it is a fun read yet hardly the most compelling novel ever written In this case I sense that the beast within this novel is perhaps greater than the novel itself A primordial force which cannot be contained by the bounds of literature or film


  2. says:

    The most awesome cover of the many editions of King Kong I picked up this paperback earlier in the year and probably have the finest uality edition in the worldAnd I paid less than 4 for itArt by the great Frank Frazetta and a nice version of the story of KongHere's a cool variation of the cover And another And a wonderful tribute by Frank Cho And one by Frank Cho And one last one by an unknown artist for the Bonga comic book I guess Frank Frazetta must have been in love with Ann Darrow


  3. says:

    The 1933 film is pretty cheesy but I liked the story well enough Entertaining plotline enough action and a bittersweet ending made for a great light weekend read and I ended up sympathising a lot with the poor gorilla in the end


  4. says:

    It's money and adventure and fame It's the thrill of a lifetime and a long sea voyage and some uncomfortable racism?Okay King Kong should be pretty well spoilerized by now Its ending is one of the most iconic scenes in cinema; I just saw it re enacted in the Cars music video my daughter was watching If you're reading this and you haven't seen Kong go see the 1933 Kong The only excuse to read the novel first is for the people back in 1932So Kong Big ape on an island fights dinosaurs 8th Wonder of the World the Airplanes got 'em Beauty killed the Beast roll credits Or as Slate so elegantly saidGenerally unlike Campbell's Creature From The Black Lagoon adaptation the novel's the same except for a single big differencePeople Kong is blackYeah I know you can probably guess that from endless gorilla documentaries but I really mean black The book really wants you to know that Kong is black Black paw black shape black beast god yadda yadda yadda Our heroine's whiteness and blondeness are eually played upSo as I did as a kid you may be able to watch the original Kong and ignore the undertone of savage jungle male wants white female It's there but not as played up as in other examples of the time in film and literatureHere it's played up to the point that the story completely changes tones The 2005 version had a very sympathetic Kong but even the '33 film had moments where you cheered for Kong King Kong is renowned as one of the most sympathetic movie monsters in cinema People feel bad when the big lug fallsHere? Not so much As well as ratcheting up the dial of the subtext the author also takes away any of those moments where Kong endears himself to us Gone is any empathy with our poor furry schlub once so much relatable then the Rhendosaurus or the '54 Gojira It's much of a straight two fisted pulp adventure with a standard 50's American kaijuThere's a little of the racism against the native played up too Okay the movie has cringeworthy blackface I know Still I don't remember the whole tribe running when the aging ship captain grabs the strong chief's spear and buttstrokes him into unconsciousness with one blow It would have been a fist pump moment for many white readers in the thirties but with the culmulative effect here is just ughThe writing is good and it crackles through briskly In two paragraphs we get totally logical and concise backstories for Ann and Driscoll The hellish nature of Skull Island comes through on all cylinders The New York part is brisk but wonderfully flavorfullAlso the introduction on the creation of Kong is worth the price of admissionVerdict? If you love siding with the ape you may be disappointed but it's a great action read as long as you can ignore the barely subtext from the time it was penned


  5. says:

    The simple tale of a complicated plan gone amuckIf you pull the racism out of King Kong and it is racist and update the science you end up with Jurassic Park A well told pulp tale told with perfect control in the novelization of a movie so perfect that I went Wait the movie came first? Not this???Don't screw around with evolution kidsRecommended for lovers of pulp fiction


  6. says:

    As I write this review the Broadway musical version of “King Kong” finished its run last night Presumably life will continue on the touring circuit However I’m grateful for the show’s run because it was responsible for KING KONG the novelization of the original screenplay for the 1933 classic film coming back into print I recall reading a Bantam Books paperback copy which I still have long long ago when I was in elementary school But while the copyright of the motion picture was faithfully renewed no one ever renewed the copyright of the novelization and it disappeared into the oblivion of OOP books Three thoughts came to mind as I started collecting my points for this review It my seem ridiculous but I need to hide the review because it contains Spoilers No there’s nothing Earth shatteringly new in the book especially for film fans who have studied the original concept drawings and also knew about the “nasties” lurking in the bottom of the ravine excised from the original movie But I do need to mention the ending This is uite like needing to hide a review of STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE Yes folks mostly likely know that the two entities are the same person yet if you don’t that’s a doozy of a Spoiler The KING KONG novelization received an extra star for extensive nostalgia reasons The writing is competent though not great by any means Yet KING KONG is a character who has sparked the imaginations of Monster Kids for over 80 years as of this writing Such an icon readily deserves an extra star Although KING KONG is a classic that still enthralls I have always had a very difficult time watching it because of Kong’s death at the Empire State Building There’s the Spoiler The filmmakers really gave their tiny model a wonderful personality and I’m always very saddened when the fighter planes shoot him down He has the same fate in this book and I dreaded my approach to the ending I suppose that’s why I’m a bigger fan of MIGHTY JOE YOUNG even though KING KONG is the better movie In addition to the famous excised ravine scene with the sailor munching giant spiders and lizards Ann Darrow is a bit pluckier in the book version The Reader also learns about her backstory The novelization does omit my favorite dialogue exchange from the movie as a Man and a Woman sit in the theater waiting for the display of Kong WOMAN Say what is it anyhow? MAN I hear it’s a kind of gorilla WOMAN as another theater patron pushes past her without apology Gee ain’t we got enough of them in New York? KING KONG is a remarkably short read Its charm is in recalling the film and there were plenty of exciting moments when those classic memories lit up my mind


  7. says:

    Without doubt this is one of the finest movie novelizations ever written In a genre of literature that is so often a cash grab in modern times 1932's King Kong by mystery writer Delos W Lovelace is a cut above the restIf you've seen the movie you know the story reckless film director Denham has a map to a lost island and he wants to go and film a movie there Bowing to public pressure to have a female love interest he hires out of work Ann Darrow and they set off for the island aboard the Wanderer Ann falls in love with the ship's hunky first mate Jack Driscoll Upon arriving at the isle the gang discovers it is inhabited by natives who worship a huge gorilla named Kong The natives kidnap Ann and give her to Kong as a sacrifice forcing Denham and Driscoll to lead a rescue party to try and get her backBased on earlier drafts of James Creelman and Ruth Rose's scripts Lovelace's book contains numerous differences from the complete film Some are cosmetic such as renaming the Venture the Wanderer There's a few wholesale character substitutions instead of a Chinese cook named Charlie we get a salty old seadog named Lumpy and entire scenes that didn't make it into the film including the infamous spider pit as well as a scene where Kong fights a group of triceratops in a morass of molten asphalt Some of the slang and word usage is dated particularly Lovelace's use of ejaculate to mean shout or yellThe 2005 Modern Library editions is probably the best version to get Not only is it a recent printing but it contains both an introduction by Merian C Cooper biographer Mark Cotta Vaz and a preface by Greg Bear Both contain a lot of interesting information about author Lovelace and the writing of the book Unfortunately if I have one complaint about this edition it's that the information about the author is buried amidst the usual regurgitated stories about the making of the movie and focuses way too much on the two men it shouldn't Merian C Cooper and Edgar WallaceCooper obviously has a lot to do with King Kong as Kong was his idea and he was the only who paid Lovelace to write the book but since this is supposed to be about the novelization which he did not write the lengthy passages about him are just filler And I've never understood why Wallace is discussed so often in connection to King Kong He wrote one draft which Cooper hated and didn't use and he was only ever credited to add prestige Now that Kong has established itself as a pop culture staple it has no further need of the boost given to it by attaching Wallace's name so I don't get why publishing companies keep listing him on the front cover along with Cooper and Lovelace All I can figure is it must be for the same reason George Lucas keeps being credited as the Star Wars novelization's author despite his own admission it was Alan Dean Foster namely that who is credited and how is tied up in the publishing rightsBut they get About the Author sections in back and Lovelace doesn't heck Greg Bear gets an About the Author bit and not Lovelace I'd say I've never seen such contempt for the person who wrote a novel based on someone else's idea but I'd be lying; that'd be the Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland wholesale rewrite of Lovelace's book which mentions him not one single time despite borriwing passages from his novelization verbatim At least here Lovelace is mentioned discussed and creditedIt's ironic that Bear mentions in his preface that movie novelizations are often ghostwritten and published under the director or screenwriter's name because naive audiences need to believe that a film and everything connected to it come from a single creative mind when the Modern Library only helps perpetuate this belief by crediting Cooper who only commissioned the book and Wallace who had nothing to do with it ahead of the actual author Oh well


  8. says:

    Perhaps among the imaginary giant characters I am familiar with King Kong stands out among them I can see his replicas in toy stores And for sure you can even come across him in Universal Studios I can play him on video games I can read him in comics I can see him making fun of children as a mascot at birthday parties He could scare the living day lights out of me in a haunted house at an amusement park or even on Halloween day Above all he could make an antagonistic cameo appearance in fantasy dramas or movies He can be famous in any situations Thanks to its movie adaptation he is now immortal For sure he will be borne upon in the mind of the next generation since it is said to have another movie remake I have seen its 2005 movie remake and I enjoyed it a bunch Comparatively having watched its movie adaptation gave me the ideas of the plots and settings However nothing beats the book It gave me clear description and narration Imagining King Kong gave me the creeps Also I could feel the atmosphere of the unchartered far flung Kong Island I could feel the breath taking hue and cry among the characters Although I am now a young adult and I no longer believe in fantasy I still find it fascinating King Kong is a downright strange far fetched creature Something or someone unusual can get my attention Besides the theory of poor old Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is instilled in me So a confluence of uestions popped into my head Pop How if there were such a gigantic monkey? Gee whizGranted that it is a fantasy Cooper seems to have made a botch of or to put it bluntly to have monkeyed around with some settings He must have intended to leave us readers hanging turning over the uestions such as How long does it take the main characters to get to Kong Island? How do they manage to load King Kong onto a ship back to New York? Hehehe Even a genius kindergarten could call it into a uestion In the end it just occurred to me that we the said highest mammal on this planet would be defensive against another species superior to us It would be a big big threat Figuratively speaking King Kong resembles some hot issues today such as the advanced robotics nations with big economy nuclear deterrent etcAdmittedly I am still completely flummoxed by some latent meanings of this book Obviously the themes have something to do with survival lost civilization dominance of human to animalsBut the book gives emphasis on the Beauty and the Beast King Kong represents The Beast who will fall for Anne Darrow as the Beauty At the end of the story Danhem bragged before the news reporters that “It’s the Beauty killed the Beast” What do you think Danhem means? I worried that I would not enjoy it since I have seen its movie; it could be kitsch; it could have been just a product of a child’s imagination Also the passages must be awash with low standards of languages Not bad It is still a classic everyone should not underestimate Merian Cooper had somehow what it took to be a fantasy adventure writer I’m looking forward to its most awaiting movie remake since we have now ultramodern media production ^^


  9. says:

    Excellent Although it’s a novelization this book is an accomplishment unto itself If read alongside Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World and Edgar Rice Burroughs’s The Land That Time Forgot King Kong shoulders up with those classics In terms of the cohesive crisp storyline and vivid descriptions King Kong is better than The Land Time Forgot In terms of sharply drawn characters like Denham and Kong himself King Kong competes with The Lost World's marvelous Professor Challenger Where King Kong surpasses them both is imbuing the monster with a mysterious mix of menace and majesty as opposed to Doyle and Burroughs’s and later Crichton’s parade of nameless faceless dinosaursDelos Lovelace has a charming way with words I was floored to read that he had a journalism background because I associate newspaper writers with effective but colorless prose Lovelace uses artful but very natural expressions to convey nuanced ideas economicallyAlso the style is strikingly contemporary It is vivid and Lovelace is always “showing not telling” He did everything in 1932 that writers in 2017 are told they must do if they want to be publishedAnn Darrow doesn’t become a damsel in distress until after her first abduction Prior to that it was fun to read about her and get a better feel for the strength of her character especially during the journey to Skull Mountain Island Denham calls her the pluckiest girl he’s ever known and she does come across that way She’s a great spunky character with a mix of Depression era hunger and assertive femininityThere are few differences between the movie and the novelization The book describes about what Denham sees in Ann Darrow’s potential It also provides details of Driscoll’s pursuit of Ann up Skull Mountain and we get deeper look at their burgeoning romance as they float downriver during a longer getaway scene from Kong The movie has a couple of scenes the book doesn’t like Kong’s fierce attack against the islanders’ village and his derailing of a train in New YorkFor those who find the special effects in the King Kong movie to be dated or hokey no worries here with the book The images it will conjure in your mind are very real


  10. says:

    I didn't know a book had been written from the screenplay but it very well done A nice fast read that comes across as a timeless tale set in any era Great afternoon read Very recommended


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