Stephen King still tops reading list—August 2, 2013
It’s no secret that my favorite author is Stephen King. Maybe it’s because he was the first adult author I read. As a young teen his legacy made his work seem so risqué. I remember reading It when I was a freshman in high school, and to my young mind it seemed almost pornographic. It was exciting, it was filled with so many things that just aren’t in the books I was used to reading (a lot of Sweet Valley and Baby-sitter’s club.) It was also over 1,000 pages long, so it was quite the achievement at that time too, nonetheless I was hooked. While It remains my favorite of his works, (It’s so much more than just a scary clown) I have been an avid King reader ever since.
What got me started thinking about this topic is the summers “hottest event” on television. Under the Dome is one Kings more recent works, and though it’s another one daunting to look at its highly addictive. I couldn’t put it down for a week; it consumed my life. Most people took vacations out of state to fun places; I took my summer vacation to Chester’s Mill. If you haven’t heard about it yet, it revolves around a small town that gets trapped under a giant dome and has to survive (yes, just like the Simpson’s movie.) The TV show is worth checking out, but don’t expect a carbon copy of the book. There are a lot of character changes, but I feel that the main idea of the plot and story are still there and I’m curious to see how it ends up.
If you’re looking for more good Stephen King books, I also have to recommend The Stand. It too is a long novel, and it took me a long time to read it. It is a little scary because it could really happen…well the first half anyway. The book deals with a super virus called “Captain Tripps” that takes out most of the population of the United States. The survivors eventually all come together to try and rebuild and keep peace. What’s great about this book is we have several ways to enjoy it. There’s the book, always a classic. Then there’s the comic book series (six all together), and finally there’s a movie too. I usually don’t care for King Movies, but this one is actually pretty good in comparison.
If you have never had the courage to check out Kings Work, here are three more classic titles I recommend if you want to start small, under 1,000 pages. Carrie-soon to be a new movie, and written in a unique style that’s kind of like reading a newspaper report. Pet Cemetery-everybody deals with the loss of a loved one in their own way, but this will make you think twice about wishing they were still alive. The Shining-if you liked the Stanley Kubrik movie, great….but that’s not really this story. It’s similar in plot, a man moves his family into a hotel in Colorado to care for over the winter…and slowly goes crazy.
I think what I love most about Kings work is you really get to know his characters. By the end of the book, you really feel for them…and when some of them die, you want to cry a little bit. Are his books a little graphic at times? Yes, he has an amazing imagination…but I really don’t think he’s as bad as his reputation lets on. There’s something in his writing that just draws you in. Don’t take my word for it, check it out for yourself here at the library!