posted on Apr, 18 2006 @ 09:00 PM
I have to write an 8 page stephen king paper by may 5. so far ive only worked on it a little today and im still not done writing or citing. but id
like to know if it sounds ok so far and if i should change anything, what should it be. you guys are the literature experts and im only a 10th grade
space junkie. but heres what i got so far:
Fear. Fear is something we all have, something we all share in common. Some have different fears than others, and some have more. But one
thing is for sure, we all fear something. The horror genre in books and in movies scares us. They horrify us and display the things we fear. The
horror genre is used in books and movies to scare us and thus fulfill an excitement some people crave. This is what Stephen king has done. King
incorporates his love of fear, horror, and death in nearly all of his novels. The grizzly detail and personal relationship in his novels horrify and
excite many readers, which contributes to his fame.
Horror is the feeling of dread and anticipation that usually occurs before something frightening is seen, heard, or otherwise experienced. Being
scared is a quality Stephen King put into his stories to scare us and make us want more of it. In his stories, Stephen King puts his life into the
story or character. In many of his books, the main character is a writer, drug addict, or alcoholic (all of which King was a part of). Then there’s
the rare case that his story happens to him in real life.
In 1999, while getting the mail, Stephen king was struck by Bryan Smith, a driver who was being distracted by his dog in the back of his truck.
Stephen King as well as many of his fans thought his writing was over, but King still writes, just not nearly as much, or as some speculate, as good
This displayed the ironic ‘story to personal life’ theme that went along with his book, Misery, published in 1987.
In Misery, Paul Sheldon, a writer, is drunk and on his way to the mountains, crashes over the edge of the road during a bad snow storm. He is picked
up by Annie Wilkes, coincidentally his “biggest” fan. Having both of his legs broken, Annie keeps him hospitalized in her own home (she was a
nurse and could get the pain medication easily) until his legs get better. But while he’s there he realizes how crazy this woman is when she forces
him to write the ending to his novel series, Misery. He refuses and she re-brakes his legs, sending into such excruciating pain he passes out. He
finally writes and rewrites his novel, and feeling unsatisfied with it, Annie Wilkes cuts one of his legs completely off. In the end he can’t put up
with it anymore and kills Annie Wilkes (as the movie portrays).
The Shining, published in 1977, is about Jack Torrance is also about an alcoholic writer who is trying to rebuild his and his family's life after
his alcoholism and bad temper cause him to lose his teaching position at a small prep school. Having given up alcohol, he accepts a job as a winter
caretaker at a large and isolated hotel in Colorado, in the hope this will reestablish him as a responsible person, enable him to finish a promising
play, and resume his career. He moves into the Overlook Hotel with his wife, Wendy, and young son, Danny, who is telepathic and sensitive to
supernatural forces. The hotel is possessed by a life force or is itself sentient and especially uses people with psychic powers. Danny, who has had
premonitions of the hotel's danger to his family, begins seeing ghosts and frightening visions from the hotel's past, but tolerates them in the hope
that they are not dangerous in the present. He doesn't tell his parents because he senses how important the job of caretaker is to his father's and
his family's future. Having difficulty possessing Danny, the hotel begins to possess Jack, frustrating his need and desire to work as he becomes
increasingly unstable, and gradually turns him to its purposes, which are to kill his wife and son.
Salem’s Lot, published in 1986, is about Ben Mears, again a writer, who grew up in a small town called Jerusalem's Lot, Maine, has returned home
following the death of his wife. Ben plans to write a book about the 'Marsten house', an abandoned mansion that gave him nightmares after a bad
experience with it as a child. Once in town he meets local high school teacher Matt Burke and strikes up a romantic relationship with Susan Norton, a
young college graduate. Mears discovers that the Marsten house has been bought by Mr. Straker and Mr. Barlow, a pair of businessmen who are also new
to the town, although only Straker has yet been seen. Their arrival creates a mysterious disappearance of a young boy, Ralphie Glick, and the
suspicious death of his brother, Danny. Over the course of the book, the town is slowly taken over by vampires, while Ben, Matt, Susan, and a few
other residents of the lot try to prevent this from happening. In the end Ben and a young man named Mark, succeed in killing Straker and destroying
the master vampire Barlow, but, lucky to escape with their lives, are forced to leave the town to the crop of newly-created vampires.
The tie in between these novels is King’s life, as stated above, he was an alcoholic, a drug addict, and (as we already know)
A very, very good writer. Though many didn’t know he was an alcoholic publishing his books, he did confess it later on, after he’d sobered up.
This is when he’d said many of his books were based on his life.
Stephen King’s writing style has (as most authors) changed over the years, first starting out as terrifying a book can be. As his writing grew more
popular and progressed, his stories became more life like, more realistic. For example, his novel It, published in 1986, which is about a
child-killing monster that takes the shape of many different beings and things, is clearly unbelievable and only imaginative. But in The Girl Who
Loved Tom Gordon, published in 1999, which is about a girl getting lost in the woods during a hiking trip and thinks about her hero, Tom Gordon, to
help keep her safe and alive. This, like the other stories that King wrote, incorporate King’s life in it. He puts Tom Gordon in, his favorite
baseball player (former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, Stephen King’s favorite baseball team) and unlike his other novels, he put the forest’s
name as the same forest in Pet Cemetery. This story is clearly believable.
Thanks for reading so much,