Me Cussing King

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  1. Neil W
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    Neil W Well-Known Member

    He has chilled me, he has thrilled me, he has made me laugh, he has made me cry, he has done all of these things - and often - over my many years as a Constant Reader.

    Only once has he made me cuss him out (but I had to put the book down for a day or two to shed tears first).

    That was when he killed Jake to save his own damn life.

    I admit that I had got my brain tangled up in the whole meta-fiction mish-mash, and that my reaction was ridiculous. But even so!

    I had been travelling, in Jake's company, for as many years as the Dark Tower series had been in print. I loved that boy - maybe not as much as Roland, or Susanna, or Eddie, or Oy, but I loved him just the same. And then the damn writer - who exercised total control over Jake's life, remember - decides to kill him, just to save his own real-world life. And he didn't need to, he had already survived! The selfishness appalled me.

    Then I got my head untangled. I was still saddened by Jake's death (one of a number of instances where Mr K has moved me to tears), and I was still angry at The Author. But I was also amused at him and at myself, and full of admiration for the cleverness and power of his writing.

    Should this be in the Dark Tower forum? No, others may be cross with him for other things in his books.

    As long as he carries on writing them, I'm happy!
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    Neil, that brings up a good question. What stories/books has King written that made you mad for one reason or another?
    I was sort of mad at him for The Colorado Kid, because I thought the whole thing was a waste of time if you're not going to solve the mystery.
    I also was mad that
    he killed Mattie in Bag of Bones.
    It was totally unexpected, and also a very gruesome death to boot.
    I guess this is a thread that will be full of spoilers, which I don't know how to hide. But an interesting question I think.
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    Please remember to use spoilers. If you need instructions for how to do that, they are:

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    Thanks Ms. Mod. I didn't know if we could do that as a poster, or the mods did that. I'll make a note and do this in the future.
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    I stopped reading the DT for 2 days after
    Eddie died. I had no clue of what was to come later, and all I knew at that time was it was BS. Eddie was my second favorite character, right next to Roland, and I wanted him to live, damn it.
    I of course picked it back up and finished the series, and loved it. I just had to cool down though, I had never been so emotionally invested in a fictitious work at that time.
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    Apologies for not spoilering originally - simply didn't occur to me. Thanks for doing it for me!
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...I've cussed him out, and laughed more often at his plot twists...
  8. CriticAndProud
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    CriticAndProud Straya Mate !

    I'd cuss if I dropped my Heavy-Azz Hardcover copy of Four Past Midnight on my toes. That would be excruciating.
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    They don't have to do that anymore. Go to your toolbar and you see the smiley face? Next to it is the picture icon. Next to that is film icon. Next to that is a typed paper looking box thingy -- click that. A drop-down menu will give you a spoiler.
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...still can't figure out how it works...I are so dumb...
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    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    Just kidding.
    Cool...you can name your spoiler.
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    Me too, for the same reason. Just had a hard time getting past that!
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    sK's never made me feel angry or frustrated enough to cause me to cuss him out. Once I realized that when reading him my sensitivities and sensibilities are on their own, I understood hat virtually anything might happen. I've always been drawn to and prefer this quality in an artist - the ability to be unpredictable in a tense and/or frightening way. I love it wherever I find it, whether in music, painting, movies, or literature.
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    GNT, your post didn't go through.
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...I know ma'am...I was experimenting, and the soufflé fell, the dog ate the directions and I'm stuck with the lifelong heartbreak of psoriasis...:down:
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    Oh my!!!
    Yay!
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    I was cussing King out when I got to the end of The Waste Lands--I actually threw the book across the room. And then I had to wait seven years for the story to continue! GRRR!

    John
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    Two things.

    Cujo.
    The end of Cujo. With that ending, the book for me becomes just another sad news story that I wished I hadn't watched all the way through. It's been a long time since I read Danse Macabre, but when I did, I remember thinking, "You broke your own rule in Cujo, sir, and you shouldn't have."

    IT.
    What I inelegantly refer to as the kiddie porn scene. I was already getting tired of the story, and that thoroughly repulsed me and made the rest of it go into a steep decline. I finished the book without paying a lot of attention, and then gave it away so my kids wouldn't read it.

    Don't get me wrong. I think Mr. King is a wonderful writer. But Bob Gibson was my favorite pitcher, and he didn't win every game he pitched. So it goes.
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    Sorry GNT... Just testing! ;;D
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    son of a *

    Thanks Dana Jean. Now all I have to do is remember it's there. ;-D

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