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The House. The Lake. The Writer.

Discussion in 'Bag of Bones' started by Cristian M, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. Cristian M

    Cristian M Well-Known Member

    Does SK own a house by a lake ? This setting appears in several of his novels and short stories. I would also like to know why is he more comfortable writing about writers instead of about let's say physicists ?
  2. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Reformed Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Write what you know. He knows writers and all that comes with that territory. Holy cow, people slam him now about glocks with safeties and wrong models of cars. Just imagine the sh@tstorm over mistakes in quantum mechanics.
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  3. Cristian M

    Cristian M Well-Known Member

    Yep. I mentioned this in another thread and I am also wondering why no one noticed the prime numbers mistakes before he published Dreamcatcher (his editor/publisher/wife/whatever).
    However, writing about writers puts his novels in the meta level and he might be accused he doesn't write about today's society, like Steinbeck did in his time.
  4. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Whatever. He is himself, and none other. Mr. kKng reflects his times, but he rarely analyzes them. I think his strength is in his understanding of the human heart and motivations. And really, that drives everything else.
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  5. VultureLvr45

    VultureLvr45 Well-Known Member

    Hi, don't think I've met you yet but nice to meet you. I do think Stephen King reflects the current time and many of his subjects are also timeless.:
    When Brady ran over a line of people waiting for a job fair to open. We are in a recession, poeple have had to take several low paying jobs to make ends meet·
    For example when a superflu kills everyone and only a few survive. When the ultimate good vs evil battle ..The Stand, Dr. Sleep - People fighting their own demons without giving in to the 'darrk side '...
  6. Neesy

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

    I think they did have a home near a lake in Maine actually but I an unsure of the name of the lake. Ms. Mod (Moderator) would know.

    StephenKing.com - About the Author

    Sebago Lake (see the link above)
  7. Cristian M

    Cristian M Well-Known Member

    Nice to meet you, too, Vulture ! Some of SK's best novels are about writers / artists (The Shining, Misery, Duma Key, Bag of Bones, IT). I agree he is not completely disconnected from Americans social issues in the past 60 years.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...same reason he doesn't write about Ichthyology, just because he writes about lakes...you write what's in the experience of your mental wheelhouse....
  9. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Yes, they do own property beside a lake in Maine and beside the ocean in Florida.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...I've heard both kitchens are just smashing!"....
  11. Terry Sarick

    Terry Sarick Member

    Stephen King's Bag of Bones is well written from the first page to the gripping ending. A novel of suspenseful climaxes with reconciling subplots of sinew and bone, Bag of Bones invites thought about the differences between realism and, for one character in particular, what passes for authentic wonderment.
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  12. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    It sorta makes sense to write about what you know....to a certain extent. If you wrote about seriel killers, I do not think anyone would expect you to be one. How about living on a distant planet? Lol, just being my silly self Deej.
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  13. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Reformed Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Oh, I've always said that personally. How do people write about living on Mars when no one has? I was just answering this guy's question. I would think STephen would be more comfortable writing about writers since he is one, and not a physicist. And since people pick his crap apart so badly if he veers off the path. WHich never makes sense to me because this is fiction and a person can make their fiction anything they want!
  14. VultureLvr45

    VultureLvr45 Well-Known Member

    Hey Guys... Mr. Mercedes Reading and Discussion Group - beginning now if anyone would like to join in...
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  15. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    So true....no such thing as true fiction.
  16. Ashcrash

    Ashcrash Well-Known Member

    Did you read Mr. Mercedes. I don't know how much more in our times he can get besides saying hashtag or lol. I notice mistakes too, it breaks my concentration for a second then I say f it and keep reading. I would have to say that he is not the only writer with errors in published books I have noticed them in Jack Reacher novels and Lucas Davenport novels.
    How many books does someone have to sale before they stop being poked at?
    He has been writing long enough and has sold enough books that I would have to assume he knows what he is doing.

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  17. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Because he's not a rocket scientist.
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  18. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    He does write about people who have other occupations, such as pastors and priests, journalists, nurses and doctors, gardeners, beachcombers, single moms, cops and ex-cops. True, a number of his protagonists are authors, but I think no two are quite alike, though one was two authors in one
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  19. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    He'd probably get all of that right by mistake.
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  20. KingKlinger

    KingKlinger Member

    ~I'm not too sure about living on a lake currently but I'm guessing his Fl home might help with the lake inspiration if not...there's plenty of water-bodies in the pages ive been loving over the years~I've often wondered the same about how he's written from a writers point on several occasions and I feel being a well known/sought after author might be a little scary by times and his awesome imagination easily goes from 'this is who i am' to 'this is could happen to me' when thought tendrils reach to the farthest depths of what makes a hfs moment for a public figure...even if I'm so far gone wrong that this isn't where the frequent writer positions come from i still think being King has gotta be intense in a way that's unfamiliar to most of us
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