A Reflection on a Master of Horror
by Kate West (Writer)
I've been reading Stephen King since high school. Confession: I spent most summers feverishly reading all the assigned homework (as a bookworm, I was one of the few girls who looked forward to that assignment - who didn't love Mr. Darcy and Mr. Rochester?), but what really kept me up all night reading was, and still is, the sci-fi/fantasy genre. I read The Hunger Games trilogy in three nights (well OK that one was yesterday), The Lord of the Rings series probably in a week and the latest enormous Stephen King in just a few days. Back then I was riveted by the plot, simply anxious to find out what happened next and NOW. But recently, I've gone back and read some of my favorites again and realized that "classic" Stephen King at heart, was, and is, about snapshots of characters.
(Here are some of King's detractors, responding to his tax rant)
A few people tell me they think of King as a "hack", but I think he knows how to sum up a character awfully well. And that’s not a small thing. By that I mean, you have the full picture of someone in a remarkably short time. He even personifies dogs pretty well (dog lovers, check out the dog scenes in Under the Dome, and of course Cujo, and tell me I'm wrong). The way an average Joe thinks is so clearly spelled out in the writing that you care about the character in spite of yourself and might even recognize yourself from time to time.