stephen king-land

Reading and writing are two of my passions and I hope to combine that along with some of my other interests in this blog. Lately, I’ve been on a Stephen King kick. A friend recently asked me, “What did you read as a kid? These books are all old!” My response was, “Babysitters Club.” I didn’t read Stephen King when I was a kid! Who did? I tried valiantly to make it as a scary movie connoisseur, watching all available Halloween movies at sleepovers in middle school, which resulted in me calling my mom on the way home at night and making her stand on the porch while I sprinted inside, lest Michael Myers get me.

While living in Alaska, I ventured into Stephen King-land (what, dear God, would that be like?) with Cell, Carrie and The Shining.  I put him down again until recently when I decided to read Pet Sematary. I’ve concluded that I can read King, but watching the movie adaptations is questionable. It turns out, my imagination is not as creepy as it could be. Here are a few of my favorites so far:

Pet Sematary

Incredibly creepy, you get instantly involved with the characters; you care what happens to them. If you, as I did, have an idea of what is going to happen (from peeks through fingers and from another room during the movie), you’ll still be completely blown away when it does. Overall, a terrible, awesome, horrifying, amazing story.

Misery

I thought I might get bored reading this book as it is told from the perspective of one character and only has two main characters total. I could not have been more wrong. The story is gripping and terrifying and somehow you end up sympathizing (ever so slightly) with the antagonist. It must be wack-a-doodley to be in her head.

Cujo

This book made me look at my 100-pound Great Pyrenees, Bear, a little differently. Sure, he’s a lazy git, but the potential is there. Mostly, I felt bad for Cujo in this book. It wasn’t his fault that he got scratched by a rabid bat and went crazy. I connected with some of the human characters, others not so much. I just wished Cujo’d had his rabies shot.

Bag of Bones

I would call this story a ghost story on steroids. One of King’s greatest talents is writing believable characters, characters you connect with or in some cases identify with. The secret to his success, I believe, is not only making us love the characters, but also making us believe the unbelievable. This book is so suspenseful and unpredictable. It’s one of my favorites by far!

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