With the dawn of a new year, one of my goals was to read more books. It’s something I’ve always struggled with before I started taking antidepressants, but I found that as soon as I was medicated, I was able to concentrate better and retain more information. With this new development, I began devouring books the way I always wanted to. There was no racing mind to distract me from the story.
Last year I read 12 books, more than ever before. I know this number seems low, but for me, it was huge. This year, I challenged myself to read twice that amount, and so far I’m on track.
So far I’ve read six books and am working on my seventh; Cujo by Stephen King. I’d like to talk a little about this book before I finish reading it.
Stephen King is known as the master of horror. I wonder how much of that is simply his saturation of the genre, and his ability to speak to the masses in a way that other authors fail to do. The prevalent theme I see throughout his books is the “everyday life”, a horror that takes place in small American towns with normal, flawed, and deeply intricate characters that we all could know in real life.
I think it is this relatable nature to his books that make his writing so successful.
He also has a way of creating a novel out of one very specific and often horrific idea. If you are looking for examples of elevator pitches, look no further than Stephen King.
What’s Cujo about? A rabid dog that terrorizes a small town.
What’s Carrie about? A bullied teenager who ends up using her psychic powers to take revenge on her tormentors.
What’s It about? A shapeshifter that can take the shape of your worst fear, whose only desire is to feed.
What is Gerald’s Game about? An abusive lover ties his wife up and dies, leaving her to find a way out or die trying.
Literally all of his books can be broken down into one concise sentence. How many authors can say that? Especially horror authors? He takes one terrifying idea and explores it exhaustively, delving into the psyche of his characters.
What are your thoughts on Stephen King? Do you think his writing lives up to the hype? Are you a fan? A critic? Please share your thoughts! Let’s have a great discussion about The King.
Talk to you later,