I loved it. You probably think it’s a bit weird reading a novel about a virus sweeping through the United States while there’s a real global pandemic going on but it was worth it. I surprisingly didn’t know that The Stand was centered around a plot of this nature maybe I should have read the blurb? Truth be told it’s not really about the virus, it’s more about how the survivors cope, form relationships and group together to create new societies in a post-apocalyptic world. Obviously with a lot of King’s novels there is a Supernatural element to it and I love how he uses the dream world as a way of pulling the characters together, it’s a really good vs. evil story with Mother Abigail and The Dark Man representing each side respectively and I really enjoyed every aspect of it.
Initially I thought this version was just an uncut edition and got confused when I started to see references to things that occurred after 1978. I then read that “King restored some fragments of texts that were initially reduced, revised the order of the chapters, shifted the novel’s setting from 1980 to 10 years forward, and accordingly corrected a number of cultural references.” I’m therefore going to add the original 1978 version to one of my reading lists in the future as I’d like to see how these changes affected the storytelling.