Why Do People Think Stephen King is Scary?
Personally, I don't really see how Stephen King novels are scary when you know you are reading a scary story that will scare you. Sort of like when you watch a Nora Ephron movie you expect a certain group of people living a certain life style..all sort of dressed in white with white sofas living a metropolitan lifestyle and sort of kvetching about life's foibles instead of being really happy for all they have .. including a maid to keep the neat clean white world white. When you read Nora Roberts you see a cookie cutter white bread world (ever find any major characters who are Jewish, Arabic, Seventh Day Adventist, Black or Native American?) Where does Nora Roberts or JD Robb or whoever they are live anyway?Obviously...they know their audience wants white bread and details on fashion and food along with their fiction.
It's just sort of hard to be scared when you know you are going to be scared and are turning pages for the scarier part. I don't read gothic romance novels anymore but I used to and trust me... what would be scary would be if Steve and Ginny didn't get back together in the end and Steve ran off with a flat chested, mousy, widowed farmer on the prairie with ten babies and there were no future escapes in Madagascar.. If Steve got fat, bald and a beer belly and Ginny had stretch marks and never had her clothes ripped off by ____________fill in the blank_________ who was trying to get back at Sexy Steve. Norma from Nascar doesn't exactly fit into Nora Roberts or Nora Ephron's world and probably doesn't fit into Stephen's world although he does have a fixation on cars so .. maybe that's more likely. A quirky race car that comes to life that you can't control in a demolition derby..now THAT would be scary maybe and a little fantastic if it took off the race track and zoomed away in a cloud of smoke with Bubba to Mars or Pluto or Jupiter with little aliens giving him a back rub and blowing in his ear, whispering sweet nothings about the alien Dixie waiting for him somewhere.. while all the cars on the race track are left in one bloody, battered heap... Bubba really went poof and everyone thought he was vaporized instead he was living with Dixie on Jupiter or Mars instead of driving race cars on planet Earth.
So... maybe his new book is deeper and less scary and a bit different. Don't know. I don't usually read fiction much these days. Short term memory problems :) (kidding, kidding,just kidding)
But, I do want to reiterate something that was said in a post that is now Gone With The Wind...
I think Stephen should do the economy of Maine a big favor and open up a theme park called StephenWood. Build it near the jetport in South Portland. Land is still cheap (okay, cut down some pine trees) and it's near the highway (easy access) and do what Dolly did and Jimmy did... call it Stephenville.. Lot's of scary little characters, put people to work, give them a reason to come to Maine and help the economy. Put the place on the map. There are some people who don't care about lighthouses and crab..
So... in closing (now that I am no longer in a pissy mood and sorry I wrote something that was really tasteless and mean) may I say here and now.. Steven King is an excellent story teller and an even better businessman who knows what people want to read and what will sell.
Maybe somewhere he is writing odd little stories or something under an assumed name that aren't his regular formula scary fiction stories... but the body of fiction he will leave behind is an awesome legacy and a joy for people who love to read that genre.
And, he has great taste in baseball teams.
:) Bobbi in Miami.. in a world that is not very cookie cutter or white bread but real.