Stephen King’s Carrie


 

Stephen King’s legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates.
 
Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift. Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be a normal and go to her senior prom. But another act—of ferocious cruelty—turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget.

 

Carrie, the first novel that we saw from Stephen King.

I had received this as a Christmas gift from my sister, and had gobbled the book down by mid-January.

This book drew me in, with Carrie’s telekinetic ability; along with her backstory. There’s just something about a God crazed mother and her manic parental practices, that not only keeps you reading, but makes you feel for Carrie white’s home life situation.

What propels the story forward is pure jealously mixed together with spoiled brat syndrome from the main antagonist Chris. Her desire to taunt Carrie White lands her in detention where she discovers she will not be permitted to attend her senior prom as she had been planning.

What follows is a most cruel plot to ruin Carrie White, but might actually blow up in her own face.

It’s a story of revenge, on all sides of the spectrum, which leaves a mark on the townsfolk of Chamberlain.

The story is gripping the only down side to it, is the back and forth between the action and the stories from the townsfolk. One moment you’re smackdab right in the middle of the action and things are really beginning to heat up; and then with a flip of the page, or end of the chapter. You’re reading sworn testimony by an onlooker, or a neighbor of the White’s. It was quite a bit of stop and go, though it was necessary I really felt that it took away from the excitement, you’d go from 60mph to 5mph and then back up again. He more than likely was going for that sort of roller coaster effect, but for me it had the opposite effect.

All in all, the story was pretty good and I can see why it became such a must read at the time of its publication, and why it’s now considered a classic Stephen King read. It’s one of those rare titles that’s definitely worth rereading.

Twilight: New Moon


New moonFor Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of an evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may just be beginning….

Legions of readers entranced by the New York Times bestseller Twilight are hungry for more, and they won’t be disappointed by this gripping sequel. In New Moon, Stephenie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural twist. Passionate, riveting, and deeply moving, this vampire love saga is well on its way to literary immortality.

 

You may be wondering why I have decided to review the second book in the saga, instead of the first? The reason being was that this book in comparison to the rest, was so depressing. It was one of those reads where you’re thankful above all else that it’s over.

In the first book we become acquainted with the first sparks of first love, which is so exciting; with its new/unexplored experiences. The first kiss, first hand holding, secrets shared, or in this case secrets found out by Bella, from her friend Jacob. Going into New Moon you know that the love between Edward and Bella would surely have its obstacles given Edward’s vampire background, along with the danger that Bella faced in the first book. What I did not expect was the sudden vanishing of Edward from Bella’s life. It’s the suddenness of Edward’s departure that both Bella and Edward begin to slip into the cloud of depression.

It’s a difficult process when the first love ends, even when the reasoning behind the split is with good intentions. In this book it proves to be impossible to get over. There’s a few tilts of the hat toward Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Personally from a writer’s point of view, I think that Stephenie Meyer might have been curious to see how Romeo and Juliet would have turned out in this day and age; mixing it all up with vampires and Werewolves. It was interesting but as I said before, it was also depressing. Bella remains trapped in this fog of despair that only Jacob can somewhat pull her out of. There was also a lot of contemplation of suicide, which rubbed me the wrong way. But then again, the mere idea of teenage suicide saddens me. Perhaps Meyer was trying to put in a clear message that suicide and the heartbreak of first love should never go together. Or maybe it was just the modern day spinoff of Romeo and Juliet; of which the thoughts stemmed from. It keeps you turning the pages, and you’ll let out a sigh of relief once you reach the end of the book, but it wouldn’t be a book that I’d want to read more than once. The other books I could, but this one not so much.

 

Stephen King’s Christine


Just Another Lovers’ Triangle, Right?

It was love at first sight. From the moment seventeen-year-old Arnie Cunningham saw Christine, he knew he would do anything to possess her.

Arnie’s best friend, Dennis, distrusts her—immediately.

Arnie’s teen-queen girlfriend, Leigh, fears her the moment she senses her power.

Arnie’s parents, teachers, and enemies soon learn what happens when you cross her.

Because Christine is no lady. She is Stephen King’s ultimate, blackly evil vehicle of terror…

 

There’s nothing quite as entertaining as the story of a love triangle, except when Stephen King spins a yarn on the subject.

The first thing that drew me in about Christine was the fact that it wasn’t your typical love triangle, which is usually formed between three people. In this case we have two people and a Plymouth Fury.

One of the creepy instances that seemed to become the horrifying theme of this book, was how possessive the Plymouth was of Arnie, and how the car was always able to suck him back into her evil whirlwind, throughout the book. It resembled that old, yet so true saying ‘love is blind.’

I also enjoyed the head hopping POV in this story between some of the main characters. It gave a fresh look into the lives of Arnie’s best friend Dennis, Arnie’s girlfriend Leigh, his folks, as well as his enemies. All the while showing Christine in several different lights, and proving that it is next to impossible to come between a guy and his car.

The book will leave you shaken and will deliver a horror story in a classic Stephen King manner. You’ll also never think of a love triangle in the same way again.

Bear in mind that I am new to Stephen King and that there are other titles that one might think of as a Stephen King classic read, but I would say that this story is up there with Carrie and Misery. If you have yet to read Christine, or you might just be looking for a good Stephen King horror read, I would recommend picking up Christine.

Stephen King: On writing


 “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. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

Inspiring is a brilliant way to describe this memoir. As an aspiring author I’ve read a few different books on the subject of the craft and all of them fail miserably in comparison to this book. As Mr King is quoted to say in his memoir of the craft, “There are a lot of books on the subject of the craft, and most I’ve found to be filled with bullshit.” What I like most in this book is that he doesn’t overwhelm you with his knowledge of the craft, whereas most others that I’ve read can overwhelm you within the first chapter alone.

The tips – the advice I’ve received in this book is better than most advice given to me by anyone else, except to read, which is a piece of advice that Stephen also covers in this book. I want to share a few of those tips that I’ve found helpful.

The first that comes to mind is a trick that should be used after the first draft is written. Once you’ve written the first draft of your story, put it in your desk drawer and don’t come back to it for four to six weeks. It’s important to forget about everything to do with the story that you’ve just spent months writing; because when you go in to commence work on your second draft you want to be able to look at your story as if it were a book that you just pulled from the shelf at a book store.

This tip was something that I didn’t fully grasp until one night when I decided to go over Dreamer a first draft to a story that I hadn’t touched in about a year. When I read the first paragraph I was horrified and I had to close the word doc swiftly, because the writing was so fucking awful. You want to be able to be objective when you go over your first draft, so do whatever you must to forget about your book until you feel that you’re ready to read the first draft, be prepared to murder your darlings, with this in mind, I’ll move on to the next tip.

(Murder your darlings.) Even when you think that you’ve written the most brilliant line, or an amazing piece of the main character’s backstory. You must be prepared to press that delete button on your keyboard.  If you’re unable to see where your story might have a chink in its chain, then it’s a good idea to have an IR (Ideal Reader.) Who can point out where your story might be dragging; this usually has to do with over attention to details that aren’t important to the story’s development. Which if you’re not careful might turn the reader off completely. Your IR can help you weed out the unnecessary so that your story can live up to its fullest potential.

Obviously if you’d like to know the rest of his advice you’ll have to pick up your own copy of On Writing, and believe me there’s plenty more, not to mention that Mr King explains these tips in a far more eloquent and better detailed manner, than I can.

Once you get past his childhood memories, the toolbox, and tricks of the trade, there’s the absolutely astonishing story of his near-death encounter with the minivan driver. After reading the details of the accident I don’t even know how he came back from something so traumatic, talk about a living, breathing survivor.

I would recommend this book to all aspiring writers out there, it’s taught me so much, and has given me a major confidence boost in my writing abilities. If you pick up any book on the subject of the craft, let it be without question On Writing.

Thanks Mr King, from a writer who had a lot to learn on the subject.