Today, I began my adventure into Stephen King. I sat down on my comfy couch with nothing going on at all except for the book. Television was off. Music was off. Phone was off. Complete silence. Let's really get submersed into this one and give it a fair shot. After the first few sentences, I already wanted to give up. Thankfully, there was a quote by Edgar Allan Poe before I begun. Very good. But, on to 'The Shining' by Stephen King...
Poor dialogue. Short sentences creating false suspense. Listen. Learn. Grow. Be.
I kind of felt like laughing at the work because I felt it was written for someone who didn't actually read books. Kind of like training wheels on a bicycle. I know this sounds sort of elitist, but this is how I felt. I promised myself I would at least get through the first chapter, and I did.
But I learned some valuable lessons:
- Obvious one - I don't like Stephen King.
- The way I read is different now. Years of reading the classics have maybe not taught me what good literature is (though, I have some ideas here), but it has definitely taught me what it is not. As a child, I read Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton and loved it. I explored. I imagined. I generally felt some sort of growth. I would hypothesize that if I were to read the book again, I may laugh as I did with my Stephen King experience today.
Is a gourmet food critic a snob? What about someone who likes the symphony and not Britney Spears? I suppose that the answer to these questions, like all of life, is strongly based on perception.
I wonder if any of you have gone through your lives reading, not noticing that you're subconsciously evolving your pallet (see how I stuck with that metaphor? :) to literature until some inciting event teaches you - wow, I have really grown here. Would love to hear some stories.
LATE DISCLAIMER: I don't apologize for my views on this work and Stephen King's writing style, but I do apologize if you really enjoy his work and this post offends you. Different strokes for different folks, and we should all be accepting of this.