Stephen King, When He Wasn`t Famous [Pic]

Submitted by: floydevans 6 years ago in Misc

Although, in reading this letter he wrote, it was pretty obvious he knew what he wanted to do at a young age.
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Male 25,416
cool if its real
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Male 571
@ledzeppeloyd I have friends that live in both Pownal and Durham, and their mailing addresses use their own town names.
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Male 562
P.S. Please don`t ever make my suggestions into a movie or you will be very disappointed.
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Male 2,384
its probably because of the mailing system. i live in a town called homer glen, but its so small that everything in regards to the mail is from the next town over, lemont
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Male 571
Having grown up in the next town over, I know with 100% certainty that King grew up in Durham, ME and not Pownal. While Pownal and Durham are right next to each other, it seems odd that he wouldn`t sign his name with the town he actually lived in.
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Male 2,422
I like King. But there`s just something about classic Gothic horror such as Poe, Stoker, and Lovecraft that touches something primal. If anyone is interested in a modernist Gothic horror they should check out Spider by Patrick McGrath. It`s fairly short, and far more introspective than most King novels. And I like the Silmarillion but it definitely is not for everybody.
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Male 1,920
Has anyone tried to open this in Adobe Illustrator yet? )-|
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Male 2,441
He has some really great stuff, but there are a couple others that don`t quite fit.
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Male 205
I never got what people like about Stephen King - or many of todays "horror" genre authors for that matter. But that may be because I`m spoiled by reading A. E. Poe at the age of 12. No one can stand up against the grandmaster when it comes to creating this feeling of creeping doom.
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Female 2,674
Stephen King really taught me to love books. I don`t read his stuff anymore, but The Body (what the movie Stand By Me was based on) is still one of my favorite short stories of all time.... comes in the same book as Rita Hayworth and the Shawskank Redemption (which is also excellent).
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Male 1,196
wow this is stupid
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Male 59
King has always been a fun read for me - he takes foreeeevvveerrrr to develop the characters but once they are framed the story just flows right up until the end. I Love the end of his books for one reason - that`s where the BOOT falls ... have you ever seen Bambi Vs. Godzilla
as a young man "It" scared the "hell" outta me (I hated the TV Show)
and The Gunslinger books are "Tons of Fun"

@dm2754 - thanks for the new names - I`ve been looking for some new Good reads!!
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Male 4,235
I quote Heinlen more then any other author. Stanger in a Strange Land tough me why we laugh
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Female 4,408
wow, genius from birth obviously.
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Male 4,235
@sounder
I never intend to offend anyone by saying that they should only like what I like.
You are right; I should not have bashed King by saying he sucks. I should have only stated that I dislike his books. I made myself look like an upper jerk. and thanks for adding "vitriol" To my vocabulary. frist i heard the word.
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Male 59
@dm2754 I agree with you that`s why I pulled the post
it was juvenile and didn`t fit in this conversation.. I disagree with some of what you`re saying and don`t think it`s necessary to bash what other people enjoy...
oh and don`t get me wrong I have never read a couple of the authors that you posted so I have no opinion there.
I really liked Heinlen - very visionary
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Male 39,899

Stephen King is okay but he`s no Barbara Cartland!
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Male 4,235
@honkeylips I’ll give it a go. Maybe I judge Tolkien to much on the lord of rings.
@ Dedfink you make a good point. I never thought about it like that. I will agree that he is very go at making deep round characters. His story about people are much better than the monster stories. IMHO
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Male 2,145
Oh gawd, the Silmarillion is the most boring crap ever written but it is the kernel that the Hobbit, and "Rings" are based. It`s like the Old Testament, laying out who begot what. Boooorrrriiiinnnnggggg
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Male 4,235
@Aeladil
In The Penelopiad she mistakes the word “fair” to mean plan but in Homers day it meant beautiful. And like many miss the fact that in that age woman had no power. By maintaining that her husband was still alive Penelope was in control of all of Odysseus land. This she was one of wisest and most powerful woman of all time not pathetic sap pining over a man.
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Male 1,586
dm2754 it`s honestly probably the most difficult of his reads but I love it.
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Female 513
dm2754: LOVED! Oryx and Crake. Absolutely loved it. I even "stole" the name (Oryx) for a few nicknames on different boards and stuff :) Liked the Handmaid`s Tale too; Offred was such an interesting character in an interesting time. Didn`t read the last too, sadly, though I heard they weren`t as good.
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Male 4,235
@honkeylips
and thats why I`m not a write or a typest.
I have never read the silmarilion is it better then the rings? sould i give it a go?
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Female 247
I have to say I was always a fan of Stephen King. Although his writing style is simplistic I think that is one of the reasons his books are so readable and accessable to many people. He also has a great talent of blending inner and outer dialogue to give a believable glimpse into the human psyche making his characters fully "fleshed" and realistic.
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Male 1,586
@dm2754 I`m not talking about the Rings movies. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of his books. I have a copy of the Silmarillion next to my bed. I love how you are surprised we are discussing literature on here and every one of your posts has a spelling or grammar error.
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Female 40
magazine*
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Male 4,235
yes Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid`s Tale is on thos list books every should read. Oryx and Crake is one the best i have ever read. The Penelopiad and The Year of the Flood.... not her best work, disappointing.

Sorry if I offended anyone’s intellect. I’m so used to “dumbing it down” here.
I find hard to believe we are discussing literature here
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Male 4,235
Okay we are getting of topic. You guys make so go points about Tolkien. Any one wants to talk about it further email me.

stephen king:
I read cujo when I was 12 or so; and I really liked it. As a grownup I read green mile I thought the writing style was very simplistic, as if written for a 12 year old. I got board and just watched the move.
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Male 4,235
@blounsb999
ya she is. thats why i tought it funny when you said that.
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Male 183
Oh yeah, and
@dm..."like how you list ann colter as Sci-fi."
Please...Let`s be honest here, isn`t she?
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Male 360
@murcu : the bible and it`s fantasy land full of sheep is waaaaay older than tolkiens work.
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Male 360
stephen king is one of the only writers i`ve read that can elicit an actual shudder or repulsion out of me with his words. great writer. wish i had more time to read him nowadays.
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Male 27
I have to say i am a huge Steven King fan! i enjoy the detail in his writing and especially the character development. Right now I`m reading the Stand.
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Male 183
First of all, I already knew he taught linguistics at Oxford, where, by the way, he enjoy long chats with C.S. Lewis. Secondly, your source is a humor website - cracked.com??? Really??? Seriously??? Would you like some tutoring in how to debate or at least how to make your argument stronger?
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Male 321
...and then the Editor used Stephen King`s letter as toilet paper.
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Male 183
I`ve read all of Tolkien. Including the Silmarillian. I like Heinlien, and Laumer, Card, Drake, Ringo, Flint, all of the Dune books (The father`s are better than the son`s, but they are alright as well) I don`t know who this Meyer author is so I can`t speak to her one way or the other. I will admit to Mercedes Lackey`s Valdimar books being a guilty pleasure. She`s no Tolkien, but she does a pretty good job at creating a universe.
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Male 84
Tolkien is considered a great because he was one of the first (maybe the very first) authors to create a fully detailed living breathing fantasy world.

As far as writing something entertaining or having a serious gift as a scribe- that`s pretty debatable. He sometimes spends pages and pages detailing the texture of tree bark. But see, to him, it was important that everything be detailed.

In a literary sense, too much detail is not that great. It`s boring. But what made Tolkien such a success was the way he managed to capture your imagination. To say the movies did not match that aspect of the books, in my opinion, is the opinion of someone who never actually bothered to read the books.
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Male 59
@dm2754 - if a writer is not to your liking, that`s fine but spouting vitriol is just lame.

Margaret Atwood...really?

Flame on...
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Male 288
HEY I-A-B DID YOU GUYS HAVE A MEETING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE YOUR WEBSITE RUN SLOWER, THAT’S THE ONLY EXPLENATION THAT I CAN COME UP WITH FOR YOUR NEW TOOLBAR!
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Male 4,235
@blounsb999
like how you list ann colter as Sci-fi.
you may want to read this. Tolkien wasn`t actually a novelist
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Male 4,235
@honkeylips
ya foget the the movie and try to read tolkien. let me know how far you get. if you make it all the way to the end then we`ll abut the bad parts.
the read something good like:
jodi picoult
Margaret Atwood
Neil Gaiman (skip his movie thou)
R. A. Salvatore
Robert A. Heinlein
Philip K Dick

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Male 183
@dm2754 J.R.R. Tolkien is seen by most readers and critics alike as one of the greats. I certainly hope you you aren`t making your little op-ed based on the movies which would be a grand injustice. I notice that the authors you have panned are all science fiction - if that`s not your bag, just say so and be done with it.
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Male 11,739
Just ignore dm, he clearly has his head firmly planted up his ass.
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Male 361
ohh i was really confused i got him mixed up with stephen hawking... yeah i`m not a fan of stephen king
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Male 1,586
WOW dm2754 are you honestly going to say that Tolkien sucks?! Who do you read Stephenie Meyer?
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Male 4,235
@CoffeeDiiva
so by you logic then the following are good:
"Billy" Ray Cyrus
Rebecca Black
Dan Brown
John R.R. Tolkien
Ann Coulter

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Female 1,604
It is fair not to like Stephen King but to say he sucks isn`t fair or correct at all, Someone who sucks would not of sold as many books as he has or lasted as long as he had.
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Male 965
Then the letter came to life and mangled the editor in gory detail right?
Right?
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Male 295
Pretty morbid 14 year old, if this is real.
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Male 4,235
god Stephen King sucks! i guss he is okay if you like R.L. Stine he about the same
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Male 395
shame he can`t spell.
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Male 39,899

My favorite is the Obituary, too.

You just never know when a name will appear that`ll make your day.

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Female 168
Link: Stephen King, When He Wasn`t Famous [Pic] [Rate Link] - Although, in reading this letter he wrote, it was pretty obvious he knew what he wanted to do at a young age.
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