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Stephen Kings wonky astronomy

Discussion in 'Cycle of the Werewolf' started by Jimpy, May 22, 2014.

  1. Jimpy

    Jimpy Well-Known Member

    I'm sure it's been brought up before, including by Stephen King himself, but the full moon dates of Cycle of the Werewolf really destroyed the book for me. The worst part was that if he picked his year carefully, he could have had the two big days, the 4th of July and Halloween both have full moons, along with a couple days after thanksgiving and December 29th. He also would have been within a week of New Year's Day, Easter and Labor Day. It happened in 1974, full moon was a day before Labor Day and the day after thanksgiving. It was a week off of Easter, valentines day and New Year's Day.

    He either didn't do any research or got all artsy "damn the calendar" on us. Either way (or both) it bothered me to much to really enjoy the book. It took me years to finish it because I'd always cringe at his full moon dates.

    If you can't take the heat, don't swim with the big dogs.
  2. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    I believe that is known as artistic license. :wink:
  3. Bryan James

    Bryan James Well-Known Member

    Since there are no werewolves, I just suspended my disbelief and enjoyed the story.
  4. Haunted

    Haunted This is my favorite place

    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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  5. Haunted

    Haunted This is my favorite place

  6. Out of Order

    Out of Order Need More Time

    Anyone seen Wolfie?
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  7. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Was not paying attention to dates/ when the moon is full, it's full. Just sat back enjoyed the happenings that occurred each month.
  8. VultureLvr45

    VultureLvr45 Well-Known Member

    Like your avatar Jimpy...and 2014-04-11-20-12-59-1333842919.jpeg
  9. lol... I didn't pay attention to the dates either. I get so wrapped up in SK's stories, all errors go right over my head. I even missed noticing that SK misnamed Dick and Jane's dog in Dr Sleep lol
  10. Haunted

    Haunted This is my favorite place

    There was a dog????:icon_eek:
  11. DiO'Bolic

    DiO'Bolic Not completely obtuse

    “The Fishing” is often contingent on the moon cycles. Last year I planned my fishing trips around the dates in Cycle of the Werewolf. Yeah King messed things up for me also, as it couldn’t possibly have been my lack of fishing talent. :)

    All I can say is he better not write a book about menstrual cycles, as it could really screw things up for someone who relies on the rhythm method. ;)
  12. Out of Order

    Out of Order Need More Time

    My moon cycle is never out of order.
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  13. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Yes, THIS!!!
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  14. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Yes, and I also missed catching Captain Trips when that blew through town a while back, but didn't hold SK accountable for making that one up either.
  15. Sundrop

    Sundrop Sunny the Great & Wonderful

    Thought you might catch a glimpse on your way to school.....
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  16. Shoe

    Shoe Ka 'n' stuff

    I don't remember the specifics, it has been awhile since I read it, but I feel like he mentioned the lunar cycle directly in either the Introduction or the Afterword. I'm paraphrasing here but I think he essentially said:
    Last edited: May 22, 2014
  17. Sundrop

    Sundrop Sunny the Great & Wonderful

    I think we're talking about a different sort of "moon".....
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  18. Shoe

    Shoe Ka 'n' stuff

    Out of curiosity do you enjoy movies, TV shows, or visual entertainment of that sort? You must have a hard time with them if the lunar inconsistencies of COTW bothered you so much you could not enjoy the story. If you look at the majority (~95%) of night time shots in anything, animated or not, the moon is shown as full.
  19. Out of Order

    Out of Order Need More Time

    I looked, but the bus driver always acts weird around our family......

    It's always a full moon at my house.
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  20. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    I haven't had the pleasure of reading this one, but relax a bit. Enjoy the ride. Let the driver be in charge. It'll be OK. I still love SK. I still think he's brilliant.

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