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So what's the deal with Stephen King?
04-30-2017, 03:53 AM
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RE: So what's the deal with Stephen King?
(04-29-2017 10:24 PM)Rako Wrote:  
(04-29-2017 03:28 PM)Redneck Wrote:  A post mortem examination found no signs of violence. King said yesterday that he was "very sorry to hear of the passing of Bryan Smith". He said: "The death of a 43-year-old man can only be termed untimely."
Untimely but no signs of violence?
What is "untimely" supposed to connotate?
Not a normal death?

Untimely can mean premature. That's how I took it. A 43 year old is young still and shouldn't be dying already.
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04-30-2017, 04:30 AM (This post was last modified: 04-30-2017 04:39 AM by Rako.)
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RE: So what's the deal with Stephen King?
(04-30-2017 03:53 AM)pilgrim Wrote:  
(04-29-2017 10:24 PM)Rako Wrote:  
(04-29-2017 03:28 PM)Redneck Wrote:  A post mortem examination found no signs of violence. King said yesterday that he was "very sorry to hear of the passing of Bryan Smith". He said: "The death of a 43-year-old man can only be termed untimely."
Untimely but no signs of violence?
What is "untimely" supposed to connotate?
Not a normal death?

Untimely can mean premature. That's how I took it. A 43 year old is young still and shouldn't be dying already.

Technically that is true. But it connotate more than that.
If a person was slowly dying of cancer for 20 years, one probably wouldn't call the death untimely even at 45, since the death had been foreseeable due to the cancer.

"He met an untimely end" suggests more than just the deceased died before 70, the average lifespan. Half of Americans die before the average lifespan, 70, but we don't say that half of Americans have untimely deaths, or even that anyone who dies before 60 "met an untimely end".

It implies that the death was strange BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE INFORMATION.
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05-21-2017, 03:05 PM (This post was last modified: 05-21-2017 03:08 PM by Rako.)
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RE: So what's the deal with Stephen King?
I think that Stephen King's writing style for his novels is not the greatest. There is a wooden feel to the characters' personalities. That said, his basic new ideas (eg. the scary clown, IT as the spider in the cave, the alien ghosts, the crazy woman who nurses the disabled writer) are exciting and his short stories are decent in quality.

Sometimes the world feels like a Stephen King novel.
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05-21-2017, 03:59 PM
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RE: So what's the deal with Stephen King?
^ I agree. his writing isn't that great, but the characters are quite compelling , esp. the crazy clown.

the crazy woman who nurses the writer is also compelling.

I really did feel when this site went back online it was like the reunion of the character from it. it was like that feeling.

small tight knit group with a common purpose
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05-21-2017, 05:10 PM
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RE: So what's the deal with Stephen King?
In Stephen King's novels, if God exists, he is not directly discussed or portrayed, IIRC.
Alot of the stories seem to be a kind of Bad Trip. The characters are in normal reality, but then some evil intervening event occurs or an evil figure intervenes. So in the story Needful Things, the devil arrives to a town and gives presents that appeal to people and the town ultimately suffers severely as a result.

It's not as if the issue of characters' own moral responsibility is absent. In Thinner, a man severely hurts a gypsy and gets cursed with awful thinness.

The stories also don't necessarily lack good or holy people. In one apocalyptic story, a few people have dreams of a black woman who turns out to be a real person, and she is very kind and motherly and lives on a farm with a field of crops next to it.

Generally though, compared with classical scary stories like vampire legends myths, it's long been curious to me why in his stories the characters don't seem to take the conventional way of addressing the supernatural evil forces. Classically in that genre, a priest could intervene with an exorcism, a vampire fighter could use crosses, or per the Biblical motif, the hero could say prayers in a church or temple and then take the right moral actions.

If you look at things in the real world, there are a lot tragedies and evil events that are not supposed to happen in a normal world. Take for example the killing of 100's of thousands of Syrians, including deaths of Christians, enslavements, beheadings, crucifixions, in the current civil war in the last few years. That is not supposed to happen. People were rather happily living their lives, at least worrying mainly about their own cares, and then the evil began. Or some liberal Syrian dissidents wanted regime change and democracy, but then a national catastrophe occurred.

Or take Hitler with his occultism and the long body trail that his regime left in its wake across Europe. It's like something from a Stephen King novel where an evil figure or event happens and leaves a trail of bodies.
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06-19-2017, 09:33 PM
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10-18-2020, 08:41 AM
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he was paid 2500 for his first book, Carrie

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10-18-2020, 08:42 AM
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amazing how excited people were back then to be published.

before the internet, getting published MATTERED BIG LEAGUE
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