Yeah, these guys would look horrifying on stage.
Fortunately for Sondheim, the perfect adaptation of his play came along 10 years later. It did away with all the unbelievable dancing and singing routines, and replaced it with much more true-to-life gravitas. It was called The Warriors.
Stephen King Still Hates Carrie
It's hard to imagine that Stephen King ever had to worry about money. But before he was one of the world's most accomplished novelists, he was living in a trailer park with his wife and trying desperately to make ends meet by working as a high school janitor -- which ironically sounds like the beginning of a Stephen King novel. During one of his shifts, cleaning the girls' showers, he had the spark of an idea for a story about a heavily-bullied high school girl who gets her revenge by wrecking everyone's shit with telekinetic violence, because Stephen King was unsurprisingly the creepiest high school janitor who ever lived. That story of course became his first published novel, Carrie, which went on to become a wild commercial success and a film by Brian De Palma featuring copious amounts of uncomfortable nudity.
Guys have always wanted to get in the girl's locker room, but not like this. Not like this.
But despite the fact that King's rise from poverty to the king of the American Novel is just about the perfect feel-good story for thousands of aspiring writers, and that Carrie has been adapted (twice!) to film and is one of his most notable novels, King has never liked his first book. In fact, when he went home after work and began to write it one night in 1973, he quickly decided it was absolute garbage and put it where garbage belongs: in the trash can.
The only reason he ever bothered writing it was that his wife Tabitha emptied the trash and found the aborted manuscript, and she was intrigued enough to want to know what came next. King begrudgingly agreed to continue writing, even though he had no idea what he was doing -- his protagonist was a teenage girl, a concept so alien to him that he had zero confidence in his ability to get inside her head. But he eventually churned it out and wound up selling it, despite all odds, for a Stephen-King-sized amount of money.
Hopefully, it comforted him when this came into existence.
But the book's success doesn't mean that King is any more proud of it. He doesn't think that it's any less shitty than he did back in 1973, when his wife heroically dug it out of the garbage pile where he thought it belonged. Ask him about it today and he'll still tell you that it's "sober, artless and clumsy." But sometimes you have to bite the bullet and write a steaming stack of bullshit if that's what it takes to be a goddamn millionaire.
Turns out a lot of stuff we love was really, truly hated by the people who made it. Like how Obi-Wan Kenobi wanted nothing to do with the Star Wars movies and how The Who hated "Pinball Wizard." See that and more in 6 Classics Despised By The People Who Created Them and 5 Iconic Songs Despised by the People Who Created Them.
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