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Maxus
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I broke down and decided to read a Stephen King book, and went for It.

I have had three different Who's On First exchanges trying to talk about this.

I'm 700 pages in out of more than a thousand, and so far I'm digging it. I'm not scared of the clown, or any of its other incarnations. Hell, I kinda dig that there's something of an identifiable person there, and it's not all-powerful or infallible. It makes mistakes and errors in judgment and people get away or drive it back because of it.

The parts with the childhood bully bother me way worse than Pennywise does, if it comes down it. Hits closer to home, and it's right that bullies don't back down when they're stood up to, instead they go crazy.
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Oh man, you had to pick that book. Jesus. That's the one where Stephen King's editor completely lost the battle and the war. I mean...well, you're not there yet.
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Oh man, you had to pick that book. Jesus. That's the one where Stephen King's editor completely lost the battle and the war. I mean...well, you're not there yet.


I agree with this.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Ancient History wrote:
Oh man, you had to pick that book. Jesus. That's the one where Stephen King's editor completely lost the battle and the war. I mean...well, you're not there yet.


I'm aware of what you're talking about, I think I saw someone having an 'oh christ' moment about it.

But the book was cheap and, c'mon, evil-clown.

I'll let you know down the road if I had to grab a garbage can to hurl into.
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--The horror of Mario

Zak S, Zak Smith, Dndwithpornstars, Zak Sabbath. He is a terrible person and a hack at writing and art. His cultural contributions are less than Justin Bieber's, and he's a shitmuffin. Go go gadget Googlebomb!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I didn't even make it all the way through to "that scene". I plodded through about 75% of the book as a sunk cost fallacy thing, before I decided I didn't even really care about how it ended.
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You're talking about the scene where
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I mean, I'm a humongous King fan, but I won't even try to defend that.
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Honestly, while that particular scene is squicky beyond belief, my pet peeve with It is

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I don't remember that in the tv movie, presumably thanks to sane tv editors. Thank goodness for small favors, I only made it a hundred or two pages when borrowing it off a hotel nightstand one evening as an impulse read.
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You're talking about the scene where
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I mean, I'm a humongous King fan, but I won't even try to defend that.

Yeah. They edited that out of the film, for obvious reasons.
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See, I think It could've been one of his best works... if that scene didn't exist. I don't even know why it's in there; it's totally unnecessary and detracts from the narrative flow.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Well.

THAT was gratuitous.

And the ending dragged on for too long.

Had some sweet bits, especially the Ritual.
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--The horror of Mario

Zak S, Zak Smith, Dndwithpornstars, Zak Sabbath. He is a terrible person and a hack at writing and art. His cultural contributions are less than Justin Bieber's, and he's a shitmuffin. Go go gadget Googlebomb!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I really liked King when I was younger. But now, whenever I pick up one of his books, it seems really meh. Like, I heard all kinds of praise for 11/22/63, but after finally reading it, I didn't think it was particularly good. And let's not talk about Under the Dome...

And King really makes me uncomfortable with his black characters. Maybe I'm being sensitive or have white-guilt or whatever, but it seems there's always a black character in his books that talks like a terrible slavery-era caricature of a black person, with plenty of n-bombs thrown in for good measure. Cringe-worthy.
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I've only ever read a couple of short stories by S. King. Having seen a few adaptations, he's never struck me as an author I'd be into. I'm currently laid up from recent surgery, and painkillers are rendering me willing to give him a shot. What one-and-done book might be a good choice for this?
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phlapjackage wrote:


And King really makes me uncomfortable with his black characters. Maybe I'm being sensitive or have white-guilt or whatever, but it seems there's always a black character in his books that talks like a terrible slavery-era caricature of a black person, with plenty of n-bombs thrown in for good measure. Cringe-worthy.


As someone who works with a lot of black people, I can verify that this isn't uncommon, at least in my corner of the South. Well, not the talks like a caricature. But the n-bombs? Spot on.
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--The horror of Mario

Zak S, Zak Smith, Dndwithpornstars, Zak Sabbath. He is a terrible person and a hack at writing and art. His cultural contributions are less than Justin Bieber's, and he's a shitmuffin. Go go gadget Googlebomb!


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Maxus wrote:

As someone who works with a lot of black people, I can verify that this isn't uncommon, at least in my corner of the South. Well, not the talks like a caricature. But the n-bombs? Spot on.

Yeah, I'm from the south also (and I have black friends!) so I know about that too...it wasn't so much that there were n-bombs, but how they were used...seemed, i dunno, unrealistic and gratuitous to me (shock value, I guess). I might post a few examples later if I can be arsed about it...
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Nebuchadnezzar wrote:
I've only ever read a couple of short stories by S. King. Having seen a few adaptations, he's never struck me as an author I'd be into. I'm currently laid up from recent surgery, and painkillers are rendering me willing to give him a shot. What one-and-done book might be a good choice for this?


The Stand is a good un.
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erik wrote:
Nebuchadnezzar wrote:
I've only ever read a couple of short stories by S. King. Having seen a few adaptations, he's never struck me as an author I'd be into. I'm currently laid up from recent surgery, and painkillers are rendering me willing to give him a shot. What one-and-done book might be a good choice for this?


The Stand is a good un.


...but a long one. If you're looking to edge into this slowly, grab a collection of short stories or the novel from a decade or so about the girl lost in the woods.

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fbmf wrote:
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Nebuchadnezzar wrote:
I've only ever read a couple of short stories by S. King. Having seen a few adaptations, he's never struck me as an author I'd be into. I'm currently laid up from recent surgery, and painkillers are rendering me willing to give him a shot. What one-and-done book might be a good choice for this?


The Stand is a good un.


...but a long one. If you're looking to edge into this slowly, grab a collection of short stories or the novel from a decade or so about the girl lost in the woods.

Game On,
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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, right? I would highly recommend it. Did you know they adapted it into a children's pop-up book?

Personally, I'm not a big fan of Stand. It's not the length that gets me, it's the fact that Molly Ringwald ruined it for me.
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Shrapnel wrote:
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I mean, I'm a humongous King fan, but I won't even try to defend that.

Cracked mentioned that scene about a week ago. I remember being utterly confused when I got to it.


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Yeah, I felt anything that had to do with that was unnecessary and weird. I liked how the movie handled it, better. I'd rather just see that the person is catatonic rather than knowing what's going on inside their crazy head.



I think my favorite part of the book that didn't make it into the movies was the stuff regarding Patrick Hockstetter. A loosely based a D&D villain off of him.
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Nebuchadnezzar wrote:
I've only ever read a couple of short stories by S. King. Having seen a few adaptations, he's never struck me as an author I'd be into. I'm currently laid up from recent surgery, and painkillers are rendering me willing to give him a shot. What one-and-done book might be a good choice for this?


The Stand
The Gunslinger (revised edition), but I recommend the series (Wizards and Glass and the ending of the series suck, though. When King warns you to stop reading in book 7, please listen.)
'Salem's Lot
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I recommend not bothering.

Seriously, Stephen King is probably the most overrated author of all time.
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Chuck Tingle has to be some kind of parody writer, right? He wrote Fucked in the Butt By My Butt and the sequel: Fucked in the Butt By "Fucked in the Butt By My Butt".
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