Me Cussing King

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carrie's younger brother

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To get back on topic...

The only time I really ever got "angry" with SK was when reading 'Salem's Lot upon its original paperback release. I was about a quarter of the way through when my mom get very sick. Being a very impressionable Catholic boy I swore it was because I was reading such "sacrilegious writing" and threw the book away! I was quite upset with SK for writing such a book.

But then my mom got better in a few weeks and I ran out and bought the book again and have not looked back since.
 

jt0565

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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!

You have to understand however that if
Jake did not jump out in front of that Van, the writer would be dead, not just injured and the story would have ended right there by the side of the road. LOL
 
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prufrock21

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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!
I believe Constant Readers are not allowed to cuss out Mr. King. You can praise him all you want, however.
 

Neil W

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When you write, you hope a) others will read what you have written and b) that they will enjoy it. And it is a good thing to receive feedback - if positive, it feeds the ego and, if negative, it can be helpful if it is presented constructively. SK is a pro - he knows he's not going to please 100% of his readership 100% of the time. But I feel sure that, as a pro, he will welcome constructive criticism.

My cussing him out in this thread, however, was not meant to be critical. It was referring to times when what he has written his hurt me so much - because I love the characters, and something unspeakable has happened to one of them - that I have had to put the book to one side and, perhaps, have a little weep. He has done this on a number of occasions, and I'm willing to bet that it's one of the things he aims for.
 
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