Awesome book, one small criticism

Discussion in 'Doctor Sleep' started by Doc Wilson, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. Doc Wilson
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    Doc Wilson Well-Known Member

    I loved it, don't get me wrong.

    But he didn't
    kill any darlings. King's ruthlessness with his characters is a big part of what makes him my favorite author. Just like in real life, good people die in a King novel. Because of this, when a favorite character is put in peril, I can know that the peril is real and experience real fear for them.

    I can live with it, we're still BFFs. Can't wait for next year's offerings.
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  2. AnnaMarie
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    None? I guess you don't get on well with
    your grandma
    because that character died.
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  3. Doc Wilson
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    Great grandma, and we're told she is dying when we meet her.
    Not quite the same as killing off DERN, I CAN'T FIND THE SPOILER TAGS. You know who I probably mean. ;-)
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    Use the spoiler tags like this:
    [spoil3r]write hidden message here[/spoil3r]

    **use an 'e' instead of a 3.
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  5. Doc Wilson
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    Doc Wilson Well-Known Member

    Ah, sweet, thanks!
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  6. Doc Wilson
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    On the flip side, one of the things I loved about Dr. Sleep was the connections to NOS4A2, and vice versa.
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  7. AnnaMarie
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    I don't think it was necessary to
    kill off a main or favourite character
    . Knowing it could happen kept you on the edge of your seat.
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  8. FlakeNoir
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    I'm reading the latter right now...
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  9. baggy
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    I think for a writer the term 'killing your darlings' doesn't always refer to a character. Sometimes it can be a piece of narrative or dialogue that the author thinks is wonderful, but unfortunately it doesn't move the story along. A great piece of writing can be a darling that has to go pffft...

    Well that's my opinion, for what it's worth :watermelon:
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  10. GNTLGNT
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

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  11. Lina
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    Honestly, I was afraid
    Dan would die in the end, either from that fight with Rose The Hat, or from a disease. I am glad it did not happen... I can't imagine how hard I would be crying in this case.
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  12. carrie's younger brother
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    I detested that character. I personally can't remember a character SK has given less thought into writing. Everything that character said rang so falsely. That character is one of the reasons I did not like this book very much.
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  13. booklover72
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    booklover72 very strange person

    loved it with the little bit of christmasland thrown in. loved snakebite annie
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  14. prufrock21
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    Not to worry. He will
    kill 'em next time
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  15. Angelo Bottigliero
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    Really? Being half Italian myself I though he hit the nails on the head :D
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  16. carrie's younger brother
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    I'm Italian and I found her to be annoying and stereotypical. There was no reason for her to be Italian.
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  17. Angelo Bottigliero
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    What part are you from? :) My family is from Napoli. Well... The book would have been just as good had she not been Italian, but she did sound a lot like my own Italian aunts. Perhaps my family is just more stereotypical than yours :D
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  18. carrie's younger brother
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    Napoli area as well. Hmmmm... When I said stereotypical, I misspoke. When I really think about it, what I am trying to say is that her character seemed very forced. It's as if SK was challenging himself to write an ethnic character and it just didn't work. As if he felt he had to pepper her dialogue with every stock Italian phrase there is. Her character did not seem natural. Just my opinion though.
    Now this makes me think: what other ethnic characters has SK written? Not just a small part, but supporting character, as this one was. I'm having a mental block thinking of one.
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  19. Angelo Bottigliero
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    It didn't bother me in this book. Balazar in the Dark Tower however, makes me cringe every time I read his awful 'Italian' dialogue...

    Edit: Perhaps I have just gotten use to it. Every Italian I see on tv is either a maffioso or makes pizza's :D
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  20. carrie's younger brother
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    So true!
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