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« on: July 13, 2005, 03:42:06 pm »
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I searched for a Stephen King thread, but I couldn't find one, and I thought having a thread about his books is a great idea. I love Stephen King. I think he is a genius. Actually, Carrie is my favorite book of his, not to mention my favorite book of all time. I also like The Stand, It, and Firestarter a lot. Anybody else like Stephen King?
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2005, 04:16:19 pm »
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Yes, I'm a Stephen King fan, have read a lot of his books though not all of them. My favorites up to now are "IT" and "The Talisman".
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2005, 05:22:52 pm »
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I own some Stephen King books, but I've never actually read any (which always seems to be the case with me at the moment. I have far too much to read)
I really like the films that have been made based on his work though, which is why I want to read some of his work.

It'll happen. One day. lol
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2005, 11:01:27 am »
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All I've read is "Four Past Midnight" and that was, sadly, just because of "Secret Window", which was, sadly, just because it was a movie with my beloved Johnny Depp as the star. (I did enjoy the stories though, particularly "The Langoliers.")
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2005, 04:35:29 pm »
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I own some Stephen King books, but I've never actually read any (which always seems to be the case with me at the moment. I have far too much to read)
I really like the films that have been made based on his work though, which is why I want to read some of his work.
Yeah, I'd recommend that you do that. Stephen King is a very talented author, and his writing style is very unique. If you'd just open a page, you could see that clearly.
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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2005, 11:59:04 am »
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OH! I totally forgot: I've also read his book On Writing - a must read for aspiring authors everywhere. "Adverbs are not your friends" - best advice I've ever gotten.
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2005, 02:24:12 pm »
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I love Stephen King´s books, and you have named most of my favourite:
- It
- The talisman
- Four past midnight
- The Shining
- Carrie
- and of course Salem´s Lot
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2005, 05:11:15 pm »
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My favorite 'book of his that I've read is Misery. I tried to start reading some of his other books, but I got disinterested and all of them were postponed. So the only one I've acutally read through start to finish and love is Misery. Stephen King is a genius. But what's wierd is that in a lot of his books (at least Misery and Secret Window that I know of), Stephen likes to make the main character almost exactly like him only with a different name and maybe physical attributes, and have him almost this famous star writer who gets threatened by crazy fans of his writing. I've read a quote in this one screenplay writing 'book that says that making a story about a famous writer is bad, and that it is one of the most self-indulgent forms of writing. I'll bet he is pretty self-indulgent, but geniuses like him are in no way perfect.
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2005, 08:14:50 pm »
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I've read a couple of Stephen King books before. I own and have read Salem's Lot and the Regulators.
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2005, 04:00:59 pm »
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Is Salem's Lot any good? I hear it is ... but I've never read it.
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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2005, 11:23:33 pm »
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I started reading The Stand and got just over half-way through before I decided I couldn't take it anymore.  Don't you guys think he goes into a little too much detail on all of his characters?  I got so bored reading all of their life stories.  High fives to all of you who stuck it out though!
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« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2005, 09:14:40 am »
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That's Stephen King's typical style, all his books are like that. Some parts can indeed be rather boring but most of the time I think it's fascinating the way he brings his characters to life by giving them a past a present and a future.
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« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2005, 12:25:49 pm »
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It is good that he takes that much care to transform his characters into real people, but I just got bored.  I wanted more of the story, not just a million biographies.  My dad owns every single Stephen King book ever and he loves 'em.  To each his own! 
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« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2005, 06:27:07 pm »
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Quote from: PHF1138 on July 15, 2005, 11:01:27 am   

All I've read is "Four Past Midnight" and that was, sadly, just because of "Secret Window", which was, sadly, just because it was a movie with my beloved Johnny Depp as the star. (I did enjoy the stories though, particularly "The Langoliers.")

Haha, wow that is exactly why I read (some) of that book.  I just really wanted to compare 'Secret Window' to the movie.
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Quote from: I HEART NERDS on July 28, 2005, 11:23:33 pm   

I started reading The Stand and got just over half-way through before I decided I couldn't take it anymore.  Don't you guys think he goes into a little too much detail on all of his characters?  I got so bored reading all of their life stories.  High fives to all of you who stuck it out though!

That's one of the things that make Stephen King such a wonderful writer. His characters have depth, they have life, they are not flat, one dimensional like so many of these "McFiction" books out now.

I think he is quite brilliant and has such an understanding of human nature. The Stand is a wonderful look into our complex psyches. Pet Semetary is also astounding, as is Misery. 
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