The Trailer Heard ‘Round Mid-World
Fans and Faithful React … as expected
Because of course, they did.
What still remains a difficult problem for fans and long time faithful of The Dark Tower is they still can’t seem to understand – judging by the comments section of all the trailer reviews, write-ups, and articles hitting the internet today is that the movie is not a book adaptation.
All over nerd sites which are covering the drop, the comments sections are lighting up with hate about how the new film is a “bastardization” of the books, how (again) Roland should be white, and questions about where the rest of the cast are.
Those making said comments are also making sure to establish their cred by mentioning that they have been reading the books since Methuselah was a boy or read it fifty-seventeen times back when they lived on Pangea. And I would remind those who are saying they live by the breath of those pages, to remember the faces of their Fathers, because…
Take the Coda [Spoilers]
…In the last book, there is a section called “The Coda” – which King urges readers to skip if they want the happy ending. For those, like myself, who didn’t heed that warning: we go with Roland as he steps into the Tower. As he climbs the steps he sees and passes various rooms with signs and sigils of his past life: Susan – pretty girl at the window, his ka-tet, his mother.
At the top of the tower stands a door with his own name – which he opens. In that instant, to Roland’s horror, he realizes he has done this many times before. The hands of Gan itself pushes him through the door – and he is once again in the Mohaine Desert, with no memories of any of his past runs. The voice of Gan whispers that if he reaches the Tower again, perhaps this time it will be different – there may yet be rest.
What makes the difference in this trip?
At the end of book seven – The Dark Tower – when Roland steps out the door at the end of the Coda: he has the horn of Eld.
So what I would remind my fandom at this very moment, those who have read this book since Methuselah was indeed a boy, would be to remember the finale of the book series we all so love. And then realize that this movie is -NOT- an adaptation of that book series. Or the comics.
The Dark Tower movie is Roland’s last chance. His last run up the tower. His last crossing of the Mohaine Desert. His last ka-tet. His last crossing of the rose fields. This is it.
If he fails: there are no other worlds than these.
We are not watching the Roland we grew to hate, love, and respect through the books. The one we saw fall and rise. We are watching his last chance. Our last chance.
And waiting for him to blow that horn.
Want to hear more of me ranting about The Dark Tower? Join us on the next episode of Angry on the Internet where I do a special NerdRage edition!