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Today’s question is “what is your favourite piece of literature and what makes it your favourite?”
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I am going to hold my hands up right now. There is absolutely no way I can answer this with one single book. Ain’t gonna happen! I will be offering up a favourite author, though that’s still easier said than done. So without further ado, I give you my favourite author – STEPHEN KING!
I love the worlds King creates. They are all so rich and vibrant. The detail he puts in is phenomenal, and something I enjoy trying to do in my own writing. I also love the interconnected nature of his worlds. In so many of his books, there are little nods, touchpoints back to other books. He has little threads and themes that run through many of his works, not least the fictional location of Derry, Maine. With that all said, what are my favourites?
The Dark Tower series
This series of books tops my list. If you offered my a pill that would mean I could forget a book (or series of books) to get that enjoyment and thrill of reading it for the first time all over again, this would be it. It’s something very different from his usual supernatural/horror books. A sci-fi western with fantasy and horror thrown in, the story is fascinating. Often described as his magnum opus, The Dark Tower is a firm favourite of mine from King.
The Green Mile
This novel plays to the racial prejudices of the era in which it is set. The abuse of power by corrupt prison guards, decent guards few and far between. The story is heartwrenching. The finale tragic. I love it. The story is filled with raw emotion that gets me every time. And I know a lot of people hate film versions of their favourite books, but Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan brought the story to life beautifuly.
What a beast of a novel this is. Probably the biggest book I’ve ever read. Superficially, it’s a classic good versus evil yarn. The immortal battle for humanity. But it’s more than that. For one thing, it’s pretty ominous in the current world – it starts out when a manufactured virus gets out and wipes out most of humankind. But the real thing is how the survivors handle. With those in the good camp looking to work together, to rebuild society for the better, those in the bad have their heads turned by domination and power. The nuances of the story as some of the characters drift from one side to the other, it really adds depth to the story.
The last book in my not exactly exhaustive list of favourite books by Stephen King is IT. This novel spawned in me a fear of clowns. It’s a truly terrifying piece of work. And yet, somehow, I still love it. I love the way the fears of childhood come back to haunt even in adulthood. I love the way the entity of IT that we all know as Pennywise is eons old. The fear that drives prey animals to run even back in primeval times. But I also love how over the course of the book, the bonds of friendship remain strong enough to defeat such an ancient evil.
So there you have it, just some of my favourite Stephen King novels. It’s by no means exhaustive – I didn’t even get to mention The Shining, Insomnia, From a Buick 8, or Misery which rank highly for me! What is your favourite book, books, or author?