The long-awaited film adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower series is almost upon us, which means now is the perfect time to pick up King's epic sci-fi/fantasy/horror western. If you're still on the fence about reading the books before you see the movie, I've got the 19 most-highlighted quotes from the Dark Tower series, which are sure to pique your interest.
The Dark Tower series centers on Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger, as he makes his way across the desolate land of Mid-World in a last-ditch effort to save the titular Tower, which is the real, physical manifestation of the multiverse. If the Tower falls, then reality as we know it will cease to exist. Roland is aided by his ka-tet, four companions he gathers and trains over the course of the series.
King published the first book in the Dark Tower series, The Gunslinger, way back in 1982. Constant Readers had to wait five years to get The Drawing of the Three (1987), and four more after that for The Waste Lands (1991). It took King six years to put out Wizard and Glass (1997), and another six to publish Wolves of the Calla (2003). The sixth and seventh books, Song of Susannah and The Dark Tower, hit bookstores in June and September of 2004. King returned to the series in 2012, publishing The Wind in the Keyhole, which takes place between the fourth and fifth books. That's a lot of waiting, and I say that with generous side-eye to the George R.R. Martin fans out there.
The Dark Tower movie hasn't come together any faster than the books on which it is based. Serious talk of a Dark Tower film has been going on since at least 2007, when The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams was attached to the project. After 10 years of development hell, The Dark Tower will hit theaters on Aug. 4.
Check out the 19 most-highlighted quotes from the Dark Tower series below: