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Stephen King Novels

Decent literature or pulp timewasters?

started by juszczak on 11/30/09.

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I've always found Stephen King novels to be thin as a whole, but I've always found a great deal of satisfaction in each individual sentence or idea. For instance, it's easy to dismiss "It" as a book about a scary clown, but the true purpose of the book is not walk away with applicable knowledge of how to defeat scary clowns. It's about a connection with the desires and fears of the characters, as is the case with all of his books, and the effect is executed with elegance. Each character says and does very rich and interesting things... within the construct of fighting a scary clown.

by Katzwinkel (69.39) on 11/30/09.

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Most of Mr. King's novels are loads of fun, whether scary, eerie, silly, or original. He may produce alot of pulp fiction, but that doesn't mean it's bad. He's not a master, but he has plenty of moments of brilliance. Easy to read (at least in American English).

by changorkon (51.02) on 12/11/09.

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Proof that a regular guy can write lots and lots of material, most of which is interesting in at least some regard. The fact that he can crank out so much is noteworthy in itself. Often he has used normal language and popular culture within his works. King can be imaginative and sometimes pedestrian, but as a whole, he has produced memorable and entertaining fiction. It's not all great. But hardly any of it sucks.

by spazol (74) on 12/11/09.

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King has been able to spur some Hollywood directors to make some REALLY GREAT feature films. I know this is not exactly the topic as written, but Misery and The Shining are both great. Let's not forget Stand By Me and The Shawshank Redemption (although they were based on short stories, right?). Even the Green Mile was a good flick. It all started with King.

by spazol (74) on 12/11/09.

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I have read Stephen King books for years and the fact that I ca still name and remember the books that I have read, is a testimony to how much the affected my psyche. King plays to our fears and uses popular culture to produce eerie but memorable fiction.

by Buscia (65.31) on 4/2/10.

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I have a deeply held belief that King is a sadist dedicated to creating likable characters that he later tortures and kills for not other reason than he relishes killing people. I believe his literary killings only serve as proxy for not torturing and killing living, breathing people.

Recently, I finished reading "Under the Dome" and...

***SPOILER ALERT***

...he tortures and kills everybody.

The End.


by juszczak (68.66) on 4/6/10.

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