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Stephen King is a Hack

Discussion in 'Under the Dome' started by DexterTan, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. DexterTan

    DexterTan Active Member

  2. Out of Order

    Out of Order Need More Time

    There are a lot of words that rhyme with hack.............
  3. mayday10

    mayday10 Well-Known Member

    This proves my point on this awful series.

    People see it, its embarrassingly bad plot, terrible writing, and amateurish acting, and it immediately gets pinned on SK and wraps up the UTD Novel, which IMO is a wonderful ride.

    Things like this take little chunks out of SK's legacy, which IMO should be the best story-teller to come out of our culture. The problem is, the masses get their exposure from these hasty and poorly written, acted, and directed "things"

    more Green Mile, and less Under the Dome.
  4. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    And his "review" is ludicrous.
  5. Shasta

    Shasta On his shell he holds the earth.


    I think people need to start blaming SK for everything, since they seem to already blame him for:
    - Movies being "bad"
    - TV series being "bad"
    - Book covers being "bad"

    So let's also blame him for:
    - The government being "bad" because he's written about it
    - Global warming, because he's probably mentioned it
    - Idiots posting on Twitter because he's also on Twitter

    Because, why not? He is, after all, responsible for everything.
  6. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    My kids already do. Anything that happens in the world, my kids blame Stephen King. Because they're bastids!
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  7. Lily Sawyer

    Lily Sawyer B-dazzled

    So, Dex....get onto the Post website and write a comment. Point out to the reviewer that if he'd read the book and bothered to read the press releases (not to mention IMDB), he'd know about SK's interviews last year that addressed the differences between novel and series.
  8. Out of Order

    Out of Order Need More Time

    Can I blame him if the US loses in The World Cup today? Or is that a bit of a stretch?
  9. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Oh hell yeah. Blame him. Because, EVERYTHING is his fault.
  10. Out of Order

    Out of Order Need More Time

    Well, I'm hoping I don't have to blame him, but it's nice to know I can............:biggrin-new:
  11. EMTP513

    EMTP513 Well-Known Member

    He's just JEALOUS. If it didn't work, nobody would watch it and a person who used to work in the same field (he made his living being an actor in the 80's and 90's and first half of the new millennium) and he thought it was good. He was watching it with me and said it works and "is believable."
    It's not like ANY book has followed the medium of movies or television and any DECENT reporter would already KNOW that broadcast and communication mediums don't transfer from one to another medium the same way. That's the very first thing they teach you in Public Communications. I took it in Paramedic School because a big part of our work has to do with communicating with patients and their families and the community.
    Any reporter who thinks a book medium will transfer to BROADcast medium and have the same impact has no business working in the field.
  12. EMTP513

    EMTP513 Well-Known Member

    If he were a good reporter, he'd know that about books and television ANYway. It's the first thing you learn in Communications 101. I only have 7 college credits in writing and communication, and I know it.
    I also took Communications in school because part of our work is communicating with the public.
  13. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

  14. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Oh, but you must blame him. We all must. It's the norm; has been all of his career.
  15. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I met a tall guy once and he was rude (so I guess that proves it) :m_snicker: (Plus I think he may have worn glasses, too!)
    True SK fans will take all this with a grain of salt, I hope
  16. EMTP513

    EMTP513 Well-Known Member

    Do the people who call it poorly written even KNOW how to write? What have THEY published for money? I'd like to see a list of their successful works that gives them such authority to comment on the acting, screenwriting and the entertainment business.
    My friend actually worked in the business for 20 years, and he said he was "glad I decided to keep my mouth closed and comment only after watching the episode." He watched it with me last night.
    He disagrees on every count of "poor acting, badly written series."
    He thought it might appeal for popularity reasons, as in shows that win "the people's choice" awards. But decided not to say so until after watching the episode. He said he's "glad I waited bc I would have looked a right fool if I'd talked first. This episode AND the acting and the series all had more professional merit than I thought."

    So did the person who claims it's a bad series watch last night's episode? I'm assuming the person works in the entertainment industry, otherwise I have no idea how he's such an expert about what constitutes bad acting, bad writing and a bad television series. I never say things like that because I hate it when people tell me how to do my job, people who've never been a health care worker much less a paramedic but think they can run their big mouths about how to do my job.
    My doctor can't stand it when people do that to him. He flatly and soundly rejects it every time I tell him someone told me I have such and such, someone else told me something else. He rejects what they say with such finality that it never fails to shut me up.
    Of course when the diagnosis is about me personally I have a harder time not falling prey to believing anyone who offers an opinion.

    Incidentally, I think UTD is just as good as the Green Mile. It was just different, there's not even a comparison between a series vs a one-time movie. According to Richard, the comparison of a television series to a movie proves the person "DOESN'T understand the entertainment industry. You compare a series to another series, and a movie to another movie. They're nowhere near the same in how you make a movie as to how you do a series. A series lasts over a long time and has to be done different from the way you make a movie."
    One of his pet peeves is that "every person who's a spectator of my profession has decided they know everything there is to know about it when they don't understand much if anything about it."

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...critics are just failed writers...oh yeah, and they have underdeveloped genitalia....
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  18. Haunted

    Haunted This is my favorite place

    This review is so poorly written but what else to expect from the Washington Post.

    Sundrop, GNTLGNT, kingricefan and 3 others like this.
  19. TV critics should be required to have an imagination :(
  20. mayday10

    mayday10 Well-Known Member

    So people who do not work in the entertainment industry aren't allowed to criticize?

    I guess the same goes for people who compliment and/or enjoy television shows? They arent qualified to like it if they arent in "the biz"?

    I have not watched since the 5th episode. IMO it was poorly written (Im sure SK's episode was well written). It wasnt believable at all, I dont feel like situations and characters played out in a realistic manner facing the obstacles. The "plague" and the "drought" are 2 examples of dire situations that were just magically fixed. I know its a Supernatural story, but what makes SK so great is how he attaches very real and believable emotions and reactions to crazy and often terrifying situations.
    The acting is also poor. Junior looks like he was pulled off a high school play. Those kids were also really bad.

    It was all eye-rollingly bad and I have heard that same description from numerous people. I participate in a few forums online and there was a hot thread on this show on each board... mainly due to the Stephen King brand. Pretty much right around episodes 5-7 every person trailed off and the threads died. Ratings dipped around then too, and they weren't great for this premier Monday, considering its really the only show on.

    People are allowed to enjoy it, that's great. If it scratches the itch, that's fine.

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