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    Default King's books -- plot versus character

    There's no doubt King is very character-driven with his stories. But I was curious: do you prefer the character-based projects as opposed to the more plot/concept-based books? I think Thinner and Misery, which I would categorize as more plot/concept-based, are two of King's superior works. I like character-stuff as well -- IT is probably his best work, and that is arguably character-based -- but I do yearn for one more Thinner-type ride, maybe even another Running-Man-type book.

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    Default Re: King's books -- plot versus character

    I like a mix of both.
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    ...if I had to choose, I'll take character driven every time...

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    Default Re: King's books -- plot versus character

    As do I.

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    Default Re: King's books -- plot versus character

    Is there a King book that isn't character-driven?

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    Default Re: King's books -- plot versus character

    Quote Originally Posted by bryantburnette View Post
    Is there a King book that isn't character-driven?
    I was wondering that as well. Seems like they are all mostly a mix, really.

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    Default Re: King's books -- plot versus character

    Though I could be mistaken, I think I remember reading once upon a time an article in which SK said that plot was the most important thing. And while I do enjoy a good, original plot/story, I've always preferred a more character driven type of story. To my way of thinking you can have a weak or less than original plot but populate it with great, well written characters and still have an excellent story. But you can take the most original plot in the world but have weak, poorly written characters and everything else will fall flat. Of course if you have great characters and a great plot that works out really well too.

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    Default Re: King's books -- plot versus character

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim D. View Post
    Though I could be mistaken, I think I remember reading once upon a time an article in which SK said that plot was the most important thing. And while I do enjoy a good, original plot/story, I've always preferred a more character driven type of story. To my way of thinking you can have a weak or less than original plot but populate it with great, well written characters and still have an excellent story. But you can take the most original plot in the world but have weak, poorly written characters and everything else will fall flat. Of course if you have great characters and a great plot that works out really well too.
    Or we could turn all the clocks backwards, except the Grandfather Clocks. They get cranky. The little wrist watches don't mind, so much. Unless ....

    Hope you have a good sense of humor!
    Last edited by Samantha_; June 28th, 2013 at 11:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryantburnette View Post
    Is there a King book that isn't character-driven?
    ...yeah, Christine-she drove herself.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samantha_ View Post
    Or we could turn all the clocks backwards, except the Grandfather Clocks. They get cranky. The little wrist watches don't mind, so much. Unless ....

    Hope you have a good sense of humor!
    ....OR..eo...


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