A lot of people criticize King for reusing tropes and character types over and over, but I don’t think that that is necessarily such a bad thing. He’s able to write in such a way as to make elements like psychics and children who are wiser than adults feel different when or if they come up. And if you think about it, in a way, Jack Torrance can be seen as a slightly younger version of Bart Dawes from Roadwork. And Charlie Decker is the teenage version of that. All emotionally unstable males angry at society and what has become of themselves and their worlds around them. But, the way it’s written, it feels distinct in each work.

Have you read Needful things?

Yes! Do you have a specific question about it?

Confession: I spent the last 359 pages of The Dark Tower crying like a baby. There wasn’t a single page after 313 that lifted my spirits. Apart from one.

Confession: I really lost faith with Stephen King’s writing after his accident. Seemed as if he was publishing his grocery list and not really trying. But his last several books have, in my mind, have utterly redeemed him as the King Of Horror.

Confession: I’m about to finish reading The Stand, and I’ve got this need to know where Jess is! I need to know what happened to him! This is a great book, I don’t know why I find Randall and Lloyd more interesting and attractive, but I need to know about Jess.

Confession: When I was in grade school, I did a book report on The Cycle of the Werewolf.

Confession: The Stand is my go to book. I read it at least once a year and have for 20+ years. But whenever I read it people around me seem to get sick.

Confession: I wish I could be Carrie’s friend because every one at my school hates me!

More confessions are queued!

Confession: I think I want to name my kid Carrie or Christine.