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Officially released in the year 1996, The Green Mile is a serial novel written by the world renowned author, Stephen King. The Green Mile is a story of a huge black man who is convicted for the rape of two girls. He is not only timid but also very quiet. Despite being exceedingly quiet he still possess the power to heal people by touch. After releasing this book, Stephen King was widely criticised for creating a magical black character. Originally, The Green Mile was released as a six book serial novel, however, later on it was republished into a single volume.
Order of Green Mile Series
|1||The Two Dead Girls||1996||Description / Buy|
|2||The Mouse on the Mile||1996||Description / Buy|
|3||Coffey's Hands||1996||Description / Buy|
|4||Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix||1996||Description / Buy|
|5||The Night Journey||1996||Description / Buy|
|6||Coffey on the Mile||1996||Description / Buy|
The series setting was inspired by the Louisiana State Peneteriary, though unlike the series, electric chairs were installed in the year 1938 while in the series is set in the year 1932. The first book is named Two Dead Girls and was officially released in the year 1996. While serving his time, the black man interacts with different prisoners such as Edward, who is a Cajun arsonist, murderer and rapist. He also meets with William who is not only wild acting but also an exceedingly dangerous murderer who is more than determined to make more troubled before he is executed.
The Green Mile Awards
The same year it was released, The Green Mile won The Best Novel at the Bram Stoker Awards. In the year 1997, The Green Mile book series was nominated for the Locus Awards and British Fantasy Awards as the Best Novel.
The Green Mile Books into Movie/TV:
The Green Mile was adapted into screenplay by Frank Darabont in the year 1996. Just like the book, the series has the same title, The Green Mile. The film is told in a flashback format and features award winning actor, Tom Hanks and Michael Clerk Duncan as the main characters. Other actors featured in the movie include David Morse, James Cromwell and Bonnie Hunt. The film Green Mile received four Academy awards; Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best supporting Actor for Michael Clarke Duncan.
Stephen King has stated that he often envisioned Tom Hanks in the role of Paul Edgecomb so he was very happy when he Frank Darabont mentioned his name during pre-production. The role of John Coffey was played by Michael Clarke Duncan who gave all credit of his casting to Bruce Willis. The two had starred in the movie Armageddon during the previous year and when Willis heard about the casting, personally introduced Frank Darabont to Clarke Duncan.
The movie clocked in at over three hours long which allowed for a far better adaptation of the book. The movie cleaned up at the awards shows that year and currently holds an 80% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. The movie was a huge success, earning $290.7 million at the box office against just a $60 million budget. The movie ranked as the top grossing movie from a Stephen King book for eighteen years until IT was released in 2017.
One of the few changes from the book to the movie is the moving of the setting from 1932 to 1935. The reason for this was to include the film Top Hat in the plot of the movie. The movie does not appear in the book, but is a big part of the movie as John Coffey asks to see it on his last day before execution and the movie itself is what triggers Edgecomb to tell his story to Elaine. The scene in which John Coffey watches the movie is one of the more emotional moving scenes of the movie and a great example of why Michael Clarke Duncan won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor that year.
The Green Mile Best Books
Two Dead Girls is one of the best book in the series. This book opens with a seven page forwarded letter. This style of writing was recommended to the author Stephen King by one of his friends. In the first book, King decided to have a go at the writing style and from the look of things it really turned out great. In the letter, King introduces the main characters, Old Sparky who is headed for the electric chair, Paul Edgecombe, Edward Delacroix and Mr. Jingles. As it is with any chapter book, Two Dead Girls concludes with reader wanting to know a little bit more.
Another book in the Green Mile series that was a huge success is Coffey on the Mile which is an Old Man’s recollection of events. It focuses on one John Coffey a convicted rapist and murderer and psychopath William Wharton and Delacroix, a convicted murderer. It is indeed a story of the special gifts that all these prisoner’s possess. With all of its cast of intriguing and well fleshed characters and all the emotions, Coffey on the Mile is truly a great read that any follower of the series will truly enjoy.
Other Book Series You May Like
If you are a fan of Stephen King or any of his works, then the “Dark Tower” series is also another series that you are going to enjoy. The first book in this series is Gunslinger and it was written in the year 2002. Stephen King regards this series as his Magnum Opus. In this masterpiece, the author introduces the reader to one of his favorite heroes, Roland Gilead, who is the Last Gunslinger. Roland is a loner, a haunting figure who is on a spellbinding journey in a desolate world that frighteningly echoes.
In his very first step towards the enigmatic and powerful dark tower, Rolland meets with an alluring lady known as Alice. He also begins friendship with a kid from New York who is known as Jake. Rolland also faces an agonizing choice between salvation and damnation as he is in pursuit of the Man in Black. This book series is not only eerily dreamlike but also grippingly realistic.
What Is The Next Book in The Green Mile Series?
There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Green Mile Series. The newest book is Coffey on the Mile and was released on August, 29th 1996.