When asked, "How do you write?" I invariably answer, "one word at a time."
Happy Birthday today to Stephen King, one of my many writing mentors (unknown to him), whose skills I have tried to absorb through years of reading his many novels and short stories. I was pleased a number of months ago when I found this site (I WRITE LIKE): http://iwl.me/
…and when I pasted in my text it came back with the answer: Stephen King
(Although when I tried a few samples of my writing here more recently they came back as James Joyce, Dan Brown and Chuck Palahniuk. Hmmm.)
Looking around my house I found over 50 Stephen King books (including one script and a few comics/graphic novels). I’ve only read 38 of them—a few are still in my writing stack partially read or unopened and waiting for me. A few I’ve read more than once—favorite tomes I’ll probably go back to and revisit someday.
For fun, in no particular order, here is my short list of favorite Stephen King books.
It’s funny how I’ve met so many writers who have ONLY read this book by Stephen King. It’s good, especially the last chapter that talks about the car accident that nearly killed him and slowed down his writing for a while. BUT, his other books, you know, the scary ones, speak volumes more to any reader/writing trying to learn what is so good about his writing.
A damned scary (and fairly traditional) vampire tale. Oh, it also a character named Mark—a 12-year-old who gets what is going on before most of the adults in The Lot.
My favorite work by King. Great characters set in a post-apocalyptic plague world.
So gruesome I know at least one person who would no longer read King after reading this book. My favorite moments are the smaller, short stories within the story, like the time a prize bull was buried up in the cemetery.
It’s about a writer with an evil twin. What’s not to like?
Scariest. Clown. Ever.
Best TV Show made from a Stephen King Book? I’d nominate:
Worst Stephen King Movie (As much as I love his books, I don’t think a lot of them translate well to the movies):
Stephen King Book(s) I wish I liked more:
Everybody (but me) seems to love ‘em.
I’ll give them another try one of these days.
Most forgettable King book (to me):
A sword and sorcery sort of tale. It is on my shelf, but I recall very few details of it (unlike his other books).
Best Stephen King comic I’ve read:
Next King book in my reading stack I want to read:
I got it at a local appearance by Mr. King.
And Stephen King signed it. :-)
So Happy Birthday, Mr. King. Wishing you many more—and lots more writing.
Thanks for the entertainment, the scares and the writing lessons—one story/novel at a time.
What’s your favorite King book or movie?