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Which Stephen King's book makes you feel good?

Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by BeverleyMarsh, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. BeverleyMarsh

    BeverleyMarsh Well-Known Member

    I'm currently living in a house share with a couple. The girl is German and had never heard of Stephen King until she met me ( yeah, I know, pretty crazy isn't it?) When she saw me regularly step out for a cigarette with a SK book in my hand she asked me about him. She was surprised that I was reading "Horror" stuff. So I told her that it wasn't all about horror, far from it and that the only way she'd understand it was if she'd try it. So I lent her " Needful Things" and the following week she was engrossed in it, hardly making time to do anything else but read. Her boyfriend told me that in the evening in bed he would see her totally clasping the book with her hands and he couldn't even talk to her. She was in " Castle Rock" and that was it. I smiled, remembering what it was like reading it myself. One evening when I walked in she was in the living room, " Needful things" in hands and she looked up at me looking totally distressed, she said: " Oh, why did you give me that book to read?" I said: " The dog, is it?" . She nodded.

    Then she finished the book, I came home one night and the book was by my door next to a box of chocolate and message saying: " Thanks, it was fabulous". I was pleased to have opened the door for her to something that brings me such joy.

    But then, she said to me that she thought that before she could make her mind up about SK, she needed to read at least another one. I got slightly offended I have to say. As if it was fluke, or that even though I went to Paris for one day just to see SK, even though I just pretty got myself a new wardrobe emblazoned with his name in the following excitement, maybe he's not that great? :/

    Anyway, I ramble, but she said: " This book was really good but it was heavy and very shocking, would there be one that would make you feel positive and happy?"

    In my opinion, it made her FEEL, surely that's enough, no? I felt like suggesting a Danielle Steele to her, maybe...

    SK books make me feel good, always, because I love the territory, because the voice is familiar...because I'm a Constant Reader really. But for anyone else, is there one that would fit that description? One that makes you feel happy and positive? What do you think?
  2. Liselle

    Liselle Well-Known Member

    I'm the same as you Bev, it doesn't matter which one I read (except maybe for Tommyknockers) I feel totally happy that I am back in the land that feels like home because all the places become so familiar and the characters that pop in and out of the different stories begin to feel like family that I end up saying so that's what you're up to now. Even the darker stories make me feel happy because it reflects life....life is not always happy and rosy.
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  3. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Crumbs, that's a tricky one. I have to say I love ALL his books. In a way (although not an obvious one) IT makes me feel happy because of the love between friends. So many of his books show friendship at it's best. Or what about The Girl who loved Tom Gordon? I don't know, I'm grasping at straws.
  4. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Joyland! It made me tear up at the end a few times because I felt good about how a few of the characters ended up.
    the ghost in the funhouse found her peace
    and that made me feel very good!
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  5. Neesy

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

    That comment about suggesting a Danielle Steele to her was so funny!

    How about "The Eyes of the Dragon"? I felt it was a good story, and not just for children.

    Duma Key? Hearts in Atlantis? Even 11/22/63 which is more of a fantasy than a horror. Does she like the idea of time travel?

    Good luck. If she liked Needful Things then next how about a collection of short stories? The Green Mile was originally done in six parts. Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption?
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  6. Sundrop

    Sundrop Sunny the Great & Wonderful

    I wasn't aware that a book needed to make me feel positive and happy in order for me to enjoy it. I tend to be drawn to the darker stories, because I enjoy the "what if" aspect of life....
    I'm sure there are several others, but the only one that I can think of right off the top of my head would be Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.....it left me feeling very happy for Andy and Red in the end.

    Oh.....and I wouldn't worry much about her wanting to read another book to be sure she likes SK....she's already hooked, she just needs to confirm the addiction :)
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  7. Neesy

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

    Right! Plus it was made into a movie, as was The Green Mile. So maybe she could introduce the room mate to something that is more popular. Or even "The Body" that Stand by Me was based on.
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  8. rudiroo

    rudiroo Well-Known Member

    Awwww, this is too hard.
    SK's books are my palliatives:shake:
    They're bigger & more important (to me) than a feel-good factor (this from a woman who watches zombie & apocalyptic films for light relief).
    But getting the feel-goods is a positive reaction (think of the number of books that can make you feel bad ).

    Everyone who's reads his books gets something special from them.
    That's why so many of us read them.
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  9. Chuggs

    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    I felt good with Lisey's Story, I think in part because it reminded me of my wife and I. Neither of us have died, and God willing, we won't for a very long time, but the two's relationship reminded me of us. They were very much in love, and it was cool. Desperation made me feel good as well, because of the positive religious overtones.
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  10. BeverleyMarsh

    BeverleyMarsh Well-Known Member

    I couldn't have put it better Liselle :)
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  11. BeverleyMarsh

    BeverleyMarsh Well-Known Member

    Thanks, it's true, it's kind of a happy ending, I may suggest that one to her.
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  12. BeverleyMarsh

    BeverleyMarsh Well-Known Member

    THanks Neesy! I agree with 11/22/63 actually that would show the variety in his work and she normally only mostly read historical novels. Don't know why I didn't think of it before!
  13. OldDarth

    OldDarth Well-Known Member

    The ending to Insomnia was an uplifting one. Ralph and Lois were lucky enough to find love twice.
  14. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Let's face it, non of SK's books ever end "happily ever after." I just thought the ending of Joyland was perfect and true to life.
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  15. BeverleyMarsh

    BeverleyMarsh Well-Known Member

    Thanks Sundrop. and I think she's hooked too actually. And even if she doesn't feel the book makes her feel positive or happy (such a strange request) I know she'll still love it anyway.
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  16. BeverleyMarsh

    BeverleyMarsh Well-Known Member

    I would agree with you there, as Lisey's Story is my favorite SK novel. I loved its intensity, and among all the books I've read, it's my favorite love story. But although that side of it might make her feel good, I worry that the dark bits, his childhood, may be a little too dark for her. I hadn't though of Desperation, thanks, you're right it's quite positive in that sense.
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  17. weezergirl

    weezergirl Well-Known Member

    Oh man that's a hard one...there are many that have PARTS that make me feel happy and positive. As a matter of fact, I'd be hard pressed to find even on SK book that didn't have ANY happy/positive part. But to be completely honest, I quite look forward to being disturbed by his work. I guess I just like disturbing things lol! Mr. King you are a disturbing man and I love you for it. Can we clone you??
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  18. weezergirl

    weezergirl Well-Known Member

    Oh the green mile is one of the saddest books I've ever read. I can't even reread it. It just makes my heart feel heavy and I was in a funk for days after it. I even dreamed about it.
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  19. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Aside from some of the stories and FULL DARK, NO STARS, I find them all pretty uplifting. No, seriously! Underneath the dark storylines, there shines such a faith in the everyman--a belief that there is good in people and in the world that can't be denied and can't be completely overshadowed by darkness. He sees people as they really are, of course, and not everyone is a peach, but at the end of the day, good keeps right on going. He makes my heart happy (even when he makes me cry).
  20. The Nameless

    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    I think @Neesy and @carrie's younger brother have nailed it with 11/22/63 and Joyland, even though both start quite sad and depressing, the bulk of both are happy, possitive and uplifting.....very unlike Stephen King come to think of it :)
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