How good is Stephen King as a writer?

Discussion in 'Stephen King' started by Brian G Turner, Oct 24, 2004.

  1. Andrew Lambert

    Andrew Lambert Well-Known Member

    Aug 2, 2016
    No my favorite author by a long way, though my daughter loves him.
  2. rai

    rai Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2007
    Well 'The Stand' is one of my top favorite books, it's not high literature but it's totally great. Right in SK's wheelhouse and mine as a reader.

    I suppose it's well known that initially it was a much shorter book like 700 pages as his editor cut out a third. Later he got super popular and released the un-cut edition with like 1100 pages plus he updated to a bit more modern time.

    I think it's quite hard to find the original version of The Stand now maybe some people would prefer that.

    In all I've read probably half of SK books and liked some and loved others, even the worst Rose Madder or Needful Things were good once I got into them.

    Pet Sematary scared the bejesus out of me.

    11/22/63 was a great time travel story

    The Shining and Dead Zone are off the hook good

    IT probably one of my favorite books along with The Stand

    His stature IMO is up there or above GRRM as SK probably has 20 movie/Tv shows to his credit
  3. althea

    althea Teetering on the edge.

    Oct 28, 2014
    North Wales
    Although many SK books are too horrible for me,I have read several of his books.I think he is a great story teller.
    I have read The Stand and think it is a timeless classic.I did enjoy Dolores Claiborne,though it was hard to read.
    I have started several SK books and given up on them because I like to sleep at night.
  4. David Plantinga

    David Plantinga Member

    Mar 24, 2017
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I've always found his shorter works sometimes show him at his best. The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon was brilliant. It was very short and while it did how some supernatural elements, probably unnecessary ones, the core story was about the natural world.

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