The House. The Lake. The Writer.

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Cristian M

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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.
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.
 

skimom2

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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.
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.
 

VultureLvr45

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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.
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 '...
 

Neesy

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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 ?
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)
 

GNTLGNT

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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 ?
...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....
 

Terry Sarick

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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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staropeace

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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.
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.
 

Dana Jean

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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.
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!
 

staropeace

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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!
So true....no such thing as true fiction.
 

Ashcrash

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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.

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.


:big_smile:
 

blunthead

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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.
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
 

blunthead

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

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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 ?
~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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