Stephen King is, arguably, one of the literary greats of our time. Prolific, imaginative and often underrated by so called ‘academic literary critics, simply because of the genre he chooses to write in, Stephen King has written over 50 novels which have sold more than 350 million copies with many of them having been adapted into well-known feature films and TV movies.
Since the publishing of his first novel, Carrie, in 1973 Stephen King books have enthralled and chilled readers the world over with tales of the macabre and darker side of life. His accessible writing style and ability to bring a sense of horror to seemingly innocent situations has been a trademark of many of his books.
If you’ve never been tempted to buy a Stephen King novel before, then you really don’t know what you’re missing out on! Rich in characterisation and tales with twists and turns that will keep you guessing every step of the way, Stephen King books are far, far more than just grim tales of blood, guts, death and destruction.
In fact, even though Stephen King books are often found in the horror section of your local bookstore, they are not horrific in the sense that you might think. A typical Stephen King book that you might buy is actually more about the sense of chill than it is about the gory description of death so they are even suitable for young adults too.
If you are not yet an avid reader of Stephen King you might have seen one of the many films or TV adaptations of his work and not even realised that it was written by Stephen King. Did you know, for example, that the 1994 movie The Shawshank Redemption starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins was a Stephen King Novel? No werewolves or vampires here, just the inspiring tale of a man wrongly accused and imprisoned for the murder of his wife and her lover and his eventual escape to freedom.
In fact, so many of Stephen king’s books have been turned into blockbuster movies that he has become ingrained into modern culture. TheShining, with Jack Nicolson, TheGreen Mile with Tom Hanks, IT with Tim Curry and the original 1976 film version of Carrie with Sissy Spacek to name but a few.
Stephen King seems to be one of the few writers whose stories work as well on screen as they do in print. You get a different perspective with the different media, but they seem to be easily transferable and complement each other well. If you liked the Stephen King movie, then try the Stephen King book!
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