Stephen King, you are a jerk.

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Jan 22, 2016
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#1
I don't know if this will reach Mr. King, though he hardly deserves such a title.
It's been a very long time, perhaps since listening to my mom read me Old Yeller when I was eight years old, that I've cried, and hard, because of a book.
When Eddie Dean passed into the clearing at the end of the path, I was shocked into a torrent of tears that rivaled Niagra Falls. Then I thought: "well, at least the dying is over, and the rest of them can get on with saving The Tower." I should have known, though, Stephen King being the arrogant, cruel writer that he is, that the dying would go on. I figured, maybe Susannah would die, or perhaps, heaven forbid, Oi, but not Jake. Not poor, innocent, trusting, and loving Jake. Not the Jake, whom Stephen King already killed once. Not the Jake who finally called Roland dinh, who called him father. Not Jake, who absorbed the steel and fire of those around him and turned it into his own ferocious brand of steel and fire. Not Jake whose life was just begun.
But alas! King is a jerk. Thank you for ripping my heart to shreds twice in one sitting. Thank you for causing the mascara I was wearing to burn my eyeballs. Thank you for writing the best, worst story I've ever read. I hate you. And though I'm not finished reading the final installment, I realize now that probably all of them will die. Susannah will die, Oi will die (or run away), and Roland will die. The only ones who'll live, are Brian Smith, and Stephen King, and at this moment, neither seem fair.

Sincerely,
A very upset reader
 
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Tery

A homeward angel on the fly
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Apr 12, 2006
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#2
Welcome to the Board. I had to wrap much of your post in a Spoiler tag, as not everyone has read this yet. You are certainly not alone in feeling what you do. We've all been attached to the DT characters and many other of Uncle Stevie's characters and our emotions run raw concerning them. But we know going in that our hearts may be broken. But we go in anyway, aware of the dangers but anticipating the story.

Uncle Stevie creates characters that feel very real. That's part of his genius. Emotional reactions like yours are exactly why he does it. Because he knows, then, that he has done his job well.

Please commiserate with the rest of who feel as you do. And post more here. :)
 

Sundrop

Sunny the Great & Wonderful
Jun 12, 2008
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138,459
#7
I hate you. And though I'm not finished reading the final installment, I realize now that probably all of them will die. Susannah will die, Oi will die (or run away), and Roland will die. The only ones who'll live, are Brian Smith, and Stephen King, and at this moment, neither seem fair.

Those are some pretty harsh and unfair words you're spewing.......
 

fushingfeef

Uber-in-waiting
Aug 14, 2009
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20,127
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
#12
"It is the tale, not he who tells it."
-Stephen King, The Breathing Method

I understand your being upset, but don't kill the messenger. King, as a true storyteller, no more controls the outcome of the story than we control the outcomes of our own lives. I'm sure it broke Steve's heart just as much as yours, if not more. After all, his characters are in a sense his children. Learning they sometimes have to die in the name of the overall tale can't be easy.

Time and again Steve has explained his method of storytelling: the story already exists, it is not being created by him so much as it is revealing itself to him. He's just the delivery method through which it flows.
 

GNTLGNT

The idiot is IN
Jun 15, 2007
82,499
319,683
57
Cambridge, Ohio
#14
I don't know if this will reach Mr. King, though he hardly deserves such a title.
It's been a very long time, perhaps since listening to my mom read me Old Yeller when I was eight years old, that I've cried, and hard, because of a book.
When Eddie Dean passed into the clearing at the end of the path, I was shocked into a torrent of tears that rivaled Niagra Falls. Then I thought: "well, at least the dying is over, and the rest of them can get on with saving The Tower." I should have known, though, Stephen King being the arrogant, cruel writer that he is, that the dying would go on. I figured, maybe Susannah would die, or perhaps, heaven forbid, Oi, but not Jake. Not poor, innocent, trusting, and loving Jake. Not the Jake, whom Stephen King already killed once. Not the Jake who finally called Roland dinh, who called him father. Not Jake, who absorbed the steel and fire of those around him and turned it into his own ferocious brand of steel and fire. Not Jake whose life was just begun.
But alas! King is a jerk. Thank you for ripping my heart to shreds twice in one sitting. Thank you for causing the mascara I was wearing to burn my eyeballs. Thank you for writing the best, worst story I've ever read. I hate you. And though I'm not finished reading the final installment, I realize now that probably all of them will die. Susannah will die, Oi will die (or run away), and Roland will die. The only ones who'll live, are Brian Smith, and Stephen King, and at this moment, neither seem fair.

Sincerely,
A very upset reader
....soooooooo, you've taken a bit of an exception to the story details?...am I getting that right?......
 

Arkay Lynchpin

Preserve wildlife; pickle a squirrel.
Dec 4, 2015
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#18
I know that sK does what he does not to be cruel but to make the real horrors of life somehow easier to deal with.
I apologize if you misunderstood my intent.
Stephen clearly invests himself in all his characters, and the more he invests the more lifelike and lovable (or abhorrent) they become.
Based on my own occasional writing, I imaging the reaction of the audience to what's transpired, especially the gallows humour, and burst into giggles; not outright laughter, merely a personal amusement of ‘seeing’ the reaction.


"Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings." Stephen King.
 

blunthead

Well-Known Member
Aug 2, 2006
80,756
195,355
Atlanta GA
#20

I apologize if you misunderstood my intent.
Stephen clearly invests himself in all his characters, and the more he invests the more lifelike and lovable (or abhorrent) they become.
Based on my own occasional writing, I imaging the reaction of the audience to what's transpired, especially the gallows humour, and burst into giggles; not outright laughter, merely a personal amusement of ‘seeing’ the reaction.


"Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings." Stephen King.
Okay, I guess. The "kill your darlings" refers to the need to trim away unneeded writing which at the time written seemed great.
 
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