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    Which novel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmancino View Post
    Which novel?
    ha...i thought the same thing. he said It, which if you aren't paying attention, looks like it

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    Ha, okay thanks (:

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmancino View Post
    Would I have to read the Dark Tower series before reading Insomnia?
    I stupidly avoided reading the Dark Tower series for many, many years. I have since came to my senses and read the series and loved it. However, I did read Insomnia many years before I read the Dark Tower series. I don't feel as if it did me any harm. I really liked Insomnia, although many do not. But, from your list, I would suggest reading It. Not only is It my favorite Stephen King book, it is my favorite work of fiction, EVER!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Hocker View Post
    I'm not disagreeing there, it was just how he was labeled when I was younger, and that lead me to have no interest. I've never really liked horror / suspense / thirllers anything like that. It's something that I think is an acquired taste, and really only something I'm starting to be moderately interested in.
    How interesting! I've always thought of an affection for horror being something you were just born with. Genetic disposition. That's how it was for me, anyway. When I was four years old my favorite movie was Child's Play, and I had a Chuckie doll I carried around with me everywhere (I would terrify my brother with it every chance I got). Most horror lovers I know are the same way, they were born with a taste for the macabre.

    As for King:
    The first King novel I read was Rose Madder when I was seven. It had a lot of eye-opening moments for someone my age. From the ages 5-6 I read Goosebumps books religiously; after Rose Madder I never touched one again. I was on 'adult books' now.

    My favorite King novel is a tie between Lisey's Story and Misery. I loved the tenderness of Lisey's Story, and the lucid insights into the inner workings of a long-lasting love. The pet names and inside jokes and quiet understanding between Lisey and her husband made that book come alive for me like few ever have. Misery... I don't know exactly what it is I love about Misery, just that I do. I'm not sure if any book has made my heart beat like that one did - the ordeal of the main character trying to get out of his bedroom, the fear of him getting caught where he shouldn't be - oh yeah, I was squirming. The Shining and The Stand are also big favorites. My least favorite by him is probably Insomnia, although there are a few others I couldn't get into.

    I love his short stories more than his novels though (and I guess that's saying something, because I squeal whenever he has a new novel out). He really is a master. There are too many incredible ones for me to list, but one that always sticks out in my mind as just a damn good story is The Raft (Skeleton Crew). I never really hear anyone mention that one and yet it's the one that's stuck with me most through the years. To write a short story as effective as that is my writing grail. I'm a simple girl. Another lesser-mentioned one is The Road Virus Heads North. The premise sounds lame but the way it was written really gave me the chills, and I really don't get creeped out by stories often at all.

    I'd also like to mention I don't see anything wrong with children reading King books. I'm not sure what the issue is. The instances of sex/sexual abuse? Violence? Horror? Racism? I think King pretty clearly outlines that the characters in his stories who do 'bad things' are villains. I learned a lot from his stories growing up (for the better) and I look forward to my kids reading them too, if they enjoy horror. I do recall a moment that now makes me giggle, back when I was 8 and reading It for the first time. There's a part where a teen is either jerking off or being jerked off. I think King described it as a 'growing snake' or something similar, and I thought that the situation was indicating that the guy had magical powers, able to transform a snake into his pants. Ah, the days of innocence
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkadia View Post
    I'd also like to mention I don't see anything wrong with children reading King books. I'm not sure what the issue is. The instances of sex/sexual abuse? Violence? Horror? Racism? I think King pretty clearly outlines that the characters in his stories who do 'bad things' are villains. I learned a lot from his stories growing up (for the better) and I look forward to my kids reading them too, if they enjoy horror. I do recall a moment that now makes me giggle, back when I was 8 and reading It for the first time. There's a part where a teen is either jerking off or being jerked off. I think King described it as a 'growing snake' or something similar, and I thought that the situation was indicating that the guy had magical powers, able to transform a snake into his pants. Ah, the days of innocence
    When I was in college, I created a stir in the English Department by turning in a paper title "Stephen King: Young Adult Author." My thesis was that while King did not fit the traditional criteria of a YAA, young adults were reading him and that qualifies him as one. (I don't know how King feels about that.) This was 1986, The Talisman had just been released in paperback and it was in HC. I had alread been scheduled for a 15-minute presentation on this paper, but the English chair suggested I present something else. When I refused, he just shook his head. I was last in line to present and everybody was bored to tears when I got to the lecturn, but I was up there for over an hour due to questions people were asking. I was feeling really good until i got my grade: C. Oh well....
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