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Stephen King, you are a jerk.

Discussion in 'The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower' started by TheAngryCryingGirl!, Jan 22, 2016.

  1. TheAngryCryingGirl!

    TheAngryCryingGirl! New Member

    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.

    A very upset reader
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  2. Tery

    Tery Dreaming in Middletown Moderator

    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. :)
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  3. Arkay Lynchpin

    Arkay Lynchpin Preserve wildlife, pickle a squirrel.

    I think SK managed to tear out the hearts (giggling all the while) of almost every reader of that series.

    "I, [too] Ake."
  4. Owenk

    Owenk Well-Known Member

    Yup it was
    the Billy-Bumbler
    that did for me as well - thank god I don't wear mascara or I would have been in a hell of a mess.
  5. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Read on, take the rest of the journey. Know all is as it was meant to be. Characters are what SK is about. They become a part of you-- you care, you feel, you cry. It is all part of life's journey to the Dark Tower.
  6. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. Sundrop

    Sundrop Sunny the Great & Wonderful

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

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    no kiddin.
  9. Out of Order

    Out of Order Need More Time

    So, you're giving it a thumbs down then?
  10. Many a true word is spoken in jest lol
  11. Cowboy

    Cowboy Lesser-Known Member

    Please quit beating around the bush and tell all the kids what you really think.
  12. fushingfeef

    fushingfeef Uber-in-waiting

    "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.
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  13. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I got that same kind go gut-punch from Joyland. Out of the blue. I had to put the book down for hours before I could get back to it. The thing is, it takes talent to make readers care that much, so of course I went back, and I'm not sorry.

    Keep reading. It's not a mistake.
    mal, Arkay Lynchpin, Neesy and 10 others like this.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....soooooooo, you've taken a bit of an exception to the story details?...am I getting that right?......
  15. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    This post rubbed me the wrong way. There's being upset at an author's decisions and being downright rude. Think I'm gonna stay away from this thread.
  16. Connor B

    Connor B Well-Known Member

    I'd hate to sound harsh, ma'am, but fiction doesn't exist to coddle us. Don't like, don't read.
  17. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    Wait till she reads the rest of it lol.
  18. Arkay Lynchpin

    Arkay Lynchpin Preserve wildlife, pickle a squirrel.

    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.
  19. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

  20. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    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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