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Any Stephen King Fans Out There?
28 April 2014
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Read my first King book last week 'Carrie' (cue the crys of "wow you're so original ASJ")- t'was alright, short read took me about 2 hours but the newspaper articles annoyed me. I preferred the POVs 

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Read my first King book last week 'Carrie' (cue the crys of "wow you're so original ASJ")- t'was alright, short read took me about 2 hours but the newspaper articles annoyed me. I preferred the POVs 

Ya that was the same problem I had with Dracula 

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Read my first King book last week 'Carrie' (cue the crys of "wow you're so original ASJ")- t'was alright, short read took me about 2 hours but the newspaper articles annoyed me. I preferred the POVs 

Ya that was the same problem I had with Dracula 

I lived Dracula, one of my favorite books, but that was the only thing I didn't like, the diary entries were good, but the newspaper parts, not as much.

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AppleScruffJunior said
Read my first King book last week 'Carrie' (cue the crys of "wow you're so original ASJ")- t'was alright, short read took me about 2 hours but the newspaper articles annoyed me. I preferred the POVs 

Ya that was the same problem I had with Dracula 

I lived Dracula, one of my favorite books, but that was the only thing I didn't like, the diary entries were good, but the newspaper parts, not as much.

The main reason I read that was cause I did a play on dracula

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I've read most of King's work, including all the Dark Tower series. With someone so prolific and with his drug problems and his longevity you have to expect a patchy oeuvre (much like Mr McCartney, come to think of it), but when he is on real form few popular writers can touch him. In particular, he writes children better than any popular writer of adult fiction I can think of. It's disingenuous or unfair to compare King with James Patterson, whose writing - prose, characterization etc - is actually plain awful (and who doesn't even write his own material any more). It's true King went through a weaker, patchy spell of a decade or more, but the last five years or so have been something of a renaissance for him, from around Dumas Key onwards.

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I love Dracula - the epistolary format is one of its great strengths for me and I feel the multiple narratives keep the story fresh and interesting, but I know a lot of people who find that frustrating or annoying.

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I like his older stuff, but the newer stuff is really hit-miss with me. 

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I've read most of King's work, including all the Dark Tower series. With someone so prolific and with his drug problems and his longevity you have to expect a patchy oeuvre (much like Mr McCartney, come to think of it), but when he is on real form few popular writers can touch him. In particular, he writes children better than any popular writer of adult fiction I can think of. It's disingenuous or unfair to compare King with James Patterson, whose writing - prose, characterization etc - is actually plain awful (and who doesn't even write his own material any more). It's true King went through a weaker, patchy spell of a decade or more, but the last five years or so have been something of a renaissance for him, from around Dumas Key onwards.

the only thing of Pattersons I read was the first four books of the Maximum Ride series and it was one of those so bad its good books for me at least and it was full of canon sues and random twists and the last one I read was a preachy "save the Environment ones"

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Von Bontee said

Ooh, I forgot that one! Yeah that was a pretty riveting read.

"On Writing" was riveting, I mean.

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Von Bontee said
Hm, I read everything he ever wrote & published between 1973 and 1987 (except for "It") and nothing at all since.

This is pretty much me as well.  I don't like most of the movies though The Shining has its moments and Shawshank is just great.

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Read my first King book last week 'Carrie' (cue the crys of "wow you're so original ASJ")- t'was alright, short read took me about 2 hours but the newspaper articles annoyed me. I preferred the POVs   

*Dusts off thread, sneezes*

 

Following on from my post in 2014 and seeing as it's October, I've decided to breathe a bit of life into this thread.

 

Back in April 2014 I read my first King now I've read

 

Carrie

Salem's Lot

Rage

The Long Walk

Cujo

The Running Man

Pet Sematary

It

Misery

Different Seasons

Hearts in Atlantis

And a good few random short stories

 

Not bad me thinks, seeing as I really only read him in October-November.

 

This Halloween I plan on reading (once I have my current book read) 'The Shining' and 'The Bazaar of Bad Dreams'- which will be my first real "modern" King I guess.

 

So what about you guys, do you like King? What's your favourite book? Favourite film adaption? Recommendations?

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I've been reading Stephen King since I picked up "Carrie" at age twelve. And I've been a "constant reader" ever since. 

My favorite book... that's like picking my favorite Beatles song, there is just too much to do that. I do enjoy his short stories and novellas very much and Skeleton Crew, Different Seasons, Night Shift, Everything's Eventual... all have great stuff in them. As far as the novels, The Stand, while daunting at first, I ripped through in a few days. The Shining, IT, Christine, Pet Sematary, 11/22/63, Misery , Delores Claiborne... I could go on. 

I recommend reading "Danse Macabre". It's a great book length essay on the horror genre. I loved it and have re read it a few times over the years.

As far as film adaptations, those are really hit or miss. I thought "Carrie" an excellent book-to-screen adaptation, as well as Christine, Pet Sematary, Shawshank Redemption (which was a novella in "Different Seasons"), Stand By Me (another novella in "Different Seasons"), The Green Mile, and I enjoyed Needful Things.

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I read my first Stephen King book in 2011 and have been a big fan ever since. 

My favorite book of his would have to be It, but The Shining and Misery are close seconds. 

My favorite film adaption is Pet Sematary, and it is actually the only case where I prefer the movie over the book. I'm not sure exactly why, but I found most of the book to be dragging.

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I sincerely recommend The Stand to anyone who hasn't read it.

As for everything else, I have no idea 'cos it's the only one I've got.

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