I think my life has been reasonably boring, and it usually turns out that my life has been ten times more exciting than theirs. What does Stephen King have to say about this? Maybe it depends on when they were born.
King is a not a writer, in the usual sense; he's an industry. It all began in with his first novel Carrie, about a teenage girl with supernatural powers.
Some 30 novels and half a dozen story collections later, the man has never looked back, pounding out blockbusters in a way that redefines the word. Not since Dickens has a writer had so many readers - I confess to being one of them - by the throat.
Much of his fiction has, of course, been turned into films. As if this weren't enough, King has also written five novels under the name of Richard Bachman and spun out nearly a dozen screenplays or teleplays. On top of which, he's a nice guy. The niceness comes through in his books, encoded in the voice itself: The fact is, King has got more of postwar America into his fiction than almost any other writer now at work.
That he has chosen to write in a particular genre - horror - has, unquestionably, worked against his critical reputation. Perhaps rightly, critics have wondered about his seriousness.
The novels are terribly uneven, and even the best of them - The Shining, Pet Sematary, Dolores Claiborne, The Green Mile, Bag of Bones - tend to puff and wheeze after a while like an overweight man on a treadmill.
Nevertheless, King's imagination is vast. He knows how to engage the deepest sympathies of his readers, and they have rewarded him handsomely. Lately, King has been on the literary equivalent of a rampage.
Bag of Bones was a big, distorted yet wonderfully entertaining novel that rode high on the bestseller lists in Hard on the heels of that success came a fine collection of stories, Hearts in Atlantis That same year, he also published The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon - a chilling, often beautiful novel about a young girl lost in the woods.
For almost the first time, reviewers sat up respectfully, noting the depth and shapeliness of this work. One could no longer dismiss King as just another bad writer proffering cheap thrills to the multitudes.
That same year, he brought out his first electronic book, Riding the Bullet. This novella was the world's first mass-market e-book, released through his conventional publisher, Scribner. Half a million downloads later, the publishing industry had to face up to something new under the sun.
Soon the idea occurred to King that he might try e-publishing without a conventional publisher in the background. He would simply post a book on his website and request a dollar from anybody who downloaded it. Instead of writing something fresh, however, he rooted through his bottom drawer and found a long-abandoned piece of fiction called The Plant.
It's a revenge fantasy about a frustrated author who sends a man-eating vine to devour his publishers. For the record, I sent him a dollar.
Now comes On Writing: It is part biography, part collection of tips for the aspiring writer.
In the final chapters, King tells, in graphic detail, the story of his recent accident. In June he was near his home in Maine, taking his usual four-mile stroll along a rural route. Unexpectedly, a blue Dodge minivan lurched over the hilltop, totally out of control.
It was driven by a local man called Bryan Smith. It was King he hit. After bouncing off the windscreen, the author found himself at the side of the road with his lap turned the wrong way.
One of his legs was broken in nine places, "like so many marbles in a sock", as his surgeon later explained. He had a collapsed lung and lacerations on his scalp.
His devoted wife Tabitha herself a novelist stayed by him through several agonising weeks during which it was not clear whether King would ever walk again.
His three grown children - Joe, Naomi and Owen - were by his side as well.On Writing: A Memoir.
Stephen King. pp, Hodder. £ Buy it at BOL 'I like to get 10 pages a day, which amounts to 2, words," says Stephen King in his new memoir, On Writing. On Writing: A Memoir. Stephen King. pp, Hodder. £ Buy it at BOL 'I like to get 10 pages a day, which amounts to 2, words," says Stephen King in his new memoir, On Writing.
On Writing is both a textbook for writers and a memoir of Stephen's life and will, thus, appeal even to those who are not aspiring writers. If you've always wondered what led Steve to become a writer and how he came to be the success he is today, this will answer those questions. "Long live the King" hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King's On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have/5(K). The subtitle to Stephen King's On Writing, his missive on the art and craft that have made him rich and famous, is "A Memoir of the Craft." And that's just what this book is. And that's just what this book is/5().
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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is a memoir by American author Stephen King that describes his experiences as a writer and his advice for aspiring writers.
First published in by Charles Scribner's Sons, On Writing is King's first book after being involved in a car accident a year earlier.