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Not Related to Stephen King

  • Posted on August 31, 2008 at 9:49 pm

I have always loved to read. My college degree is in Comparative Literature and French, and I spent my formative years in school reading Camus, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Zola, Homer, Dickens, Flaubert, Chekhov, Joyce, Eliot, Hugo, Goethe, Machiavelli, Dostoevsky and Chaucer, to name a few.

So is it so wrong that I love Stephen King? My snobby literature half scoffs at such mainstream fluff, such mass market, bestselling junk. But he is just so good.

I spent the past three years reading the Dark Tower series, and I was blown away. I read non-Dark Tower books in between each of the seven novels just so I could draw out the experience. When I finished the last book, I think I actually went through a period of mourning, I was so sad that it was over. And yes, maybe the ending was a little…eh (I won’t ruin it for those that haven’t read it), but I miss that entire world that King created, the plot intricacies, the characters, and especially all the references and connections to his other works.

I read many of King’s other books when I was in middle school, and I think I’m going to go back and read them again. Starting with The Stand.

You know what? I think maybe Stephen King is the Charles Dickens of the modern era. I believe that it will be one hundred years before he is truly appreciated as a writer of literature, and not just mass market, crowd-pleasing, money-making author.

I am not ashamed to admit that Stephen King is my favorite author. So there. Take that, hoity-toity literature professors.