Bam! It’s clear that Stephen King subscribes to the notion that all exposition must occur after the inciting incident and the inciting incident must occur as close to page one as possible. There is a lot of exposition in this book (600 pages, so far), but you would hardly know it because
Okay, I’m cheating. I’ve read quite a bit of this book, but I’m still going to break it down into digestible chunks for this series of posts. After all, this behemoth is 1,433 pages long. When I finish it will be the longest single book I’ve read and I’ve never been noted for my reading speed. It was only recently that I discovered that most people skim while reading fiction! Inconceivable. I’ve never skimmed a page a fiction in my life, which is why I prefer my books short and to the point. Is this a knock against King already? We’ll see.
I’m very excited to be beginning my Genre Writing Master’s Degree this summer. Our first reading assignment, The Stand by Stephen King.
Here’s the thing, despite being a long time science fiction and fantasy reader, I never, not once, have read a book by Stephen King. Surprising, perhaps. In a recent survey of short story writers by Clarkesworld Magazine, Stephen King was the number one author cited as an influence by short story writers. Number one!
Following up on the video from earlier this week, I can’t help but connect John Cleese’s thoughts to education. I’ll skip the first premise that must be believed to follow this line, that the primary goal of education is to teach the skills of creativity and not to impart a collection of received knowledge. That is a topic for another day, and that day was thirty years ago.
Key points of the talk: