something you don't like

Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by Ana Moody, Jul 2, 2014.

  1. Ana Moody
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    Ana Moody Member

    Hi guys! I'm curious, is there something you don't like in SK's work? A character that you dislike? ... (not in the way you dislike the bad guy, because most of them are awful) a theme, an idea, a description? something?
  2. Angelo Bottigliero
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    Angelo Bottigliero Well-Known Member

    Yes. His use of Italian by Balazar in The Dark Tower (yes, I went there AGAIN! :p)
  3. no bounce no play
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    no bounce no play I am Borg

    The only time I put pins in my SK doll is when he kills a dog :(
  4. EMARX
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    EMARX One book at a time......okay sometimes two.

    I can't think of anything specific for SK, but I'm sure every author has some odd things that tend to creep up from time to time. But there was a time some years ago, when John Irving was enamoured with the word notwithstanding. He has outgrown that though.
  5. carrie's younger brother
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    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    His depictions of homosexuals through the years has gotten a bit better, but they are usually depicted negatively in his books. His use of gay epithets is usually cringe worthy as well. In order to enjoy his works for the past 40 years, I have had to ignore this and just chalk it up to a bit of ignorance on his part. Hey, I deal with it day in and day out in the real world; I can take it.

    A close second are his alarmingly bad and laugh-out-loud sex scenes. At this point though, I have almost come to look forward to them for the comic relief aspect! :biggrin-new:
  6. VampireLily
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    VampireLily Vampire Goddess & General P.I.T.A


    I agree on both accounts! I also wish that just once, he'd write a 2 page short story that went something like this....

    Man Beats Wife Once
    Wife Suffocates the Prick as He Lays Drunk In Bed
    Medical Examiner States on Report that said Prick Choked on his Own Vomit
    Widow Meets Dude Worthy of Her
    The End.
  7. EMARX
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    EMARX One book at a time......okay sometimes two.

    So many are unaware of how apparently throwaway statements that may seem harmless to us can scald others. Hopefully in most cases the ignorance is not wilful.
    As for sex scenes, I do think it is hard for one to be objective....;)
  8. carrie's younger brother
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    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    I have one word for you about the sex scenes in 11/22/63:

    POUNDCAKE!!!

    aaaaarrrrgh!!!!!!!
  9. staropeace
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    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    I do not like some of the gross-out stuff he writes about snotty stuff,etc. Uncle Steve should NOT write anything sexual ......he ends up with poundcake.
  10. DiO'Bolic
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    DiO'Bolic Mr. Man

    GUNS. Supposed to be a non-fiction piece, but I’ve never in my life (or ever seen anyone for that matter) take “them to the shooting range once in a while, yell yeehaw and get all horny at the rapid fire and the burning vapour spurting from the end of the barrel.“ But who knows, maybe that's the way they roll in Maine.
  11. skimom2
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    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    There's nearly always going to be some note a writer strikes that doesn't resonate with everyone. The pickinniny voice makes me cringe every time, but nowhere more than in Mr. Mercedes. It hits me the same as someone who tells a horribly racist joke, then goes, "Can you believe someone finds that funny?" (Not that I'm accusing Mr. King of being racist--it's just how it reads to me). Another is sheerly generational: most of my favorite writers come out of the massive social upheaval of the 60's/early 70's, so Vietnam is often a Rock of Gibraltar in their writing. I have to confess that I'm tired to the bone of that theme. My mind knows how life-changing that was for that generation, but I'm too young (barely) to feel the visceral connection they feel. Finally,
    the self-insertion in the last books of the DT
    (I'm not sure if that had to be spoilered, Ms. Mod, but I thought better safe than yelled at--lol). That was beyond bad, IMHO.
  12. skimom2
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    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I read that as an opinion piece, even if non-fiction. In that light, the was Mr. King characterized shooting was his opinion, and not meant to cover everyone ever.
  13. DiO'Bolic
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    DiO'Bolic Mr. Man

    I think it was to gin up the uninformed.
  14. skimom2
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    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    LOL! I thought that was your job ;)
  15. doowopgirl
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    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I actually liked the bit in your spoiler. I just thought it made the SK universe a bit closer.
  16. skimom2
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    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Yup--like I said, people will have different things that don't ring their bells :)
  17. doowopgirl
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    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Some of the dialogue in the early books is a bit creaky. Like in Salems Lot. I thought so then and I think so now. It's nothing to do with the story itself, just some of the dialogue. Not so much in the later books. Still, I'm not a writer but I do read a lot and Sk isn't the only one who creaks now and again. Not wishing to offend fans of Dean Koontz, but IMO his dialogue is drowned by all the creaks.
  18. The Nameless
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    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    I don't like reading about adultery or graphic descriptions of male on female violence ala tom Rogan on bevs friend. Unfortunately they are both apparent in my favourite king works. They are also a quick and easy way of establishing a negative character.
  19. DiO'Bolic
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    DiO'Bolic Mr. Man

    LOL. I may have the tact of a sledgehammer and may never get any style points, but my opinions are usually short and sweet, represent what many feel (well perhaps not so many here), and come from the heart.
  20. skimom2
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    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Agreed. But I still want to pull out the popcorn and the beanbag chair when you and Hoss go at it hammer and tongs--lol. You'll never agree (and both are too far to either ends of the political spectrum to represent me), but it's entertaining :)

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