Yes! I love his older stuff, I have read some of his new ones like Cell and Blaze (Richard Bachman) but they don't compare to his old ones. I also felt that I lean more towards Richard Bachman books than the Stephen King ones. My favorite stories are: The Long Walk, The Dark Half, and Thinner. I could read those over and over again. They're classics!
He's had his ups and downs over the years, but I just finished his newest book "11/22/63" a couple of weeks ago and it's his best in a very long time.
I think he is great. His stories are unique and his ability to keep a story moving along. He has had a few hiccups, who would over an entire career? He does seem to be picking it back up with the last few books.
No doubt at all. He has an incredible ability to tell a story, to make the reader completely forget reality and immerse him/herself in the world that King has created. Of course, that ability alone isn't enough to catapult someone from 'good' to 'great,' and there are hundreds, even thousands of good writers out there - but it's certainly got to be one of the most important characteristics, doesn't it?
No Stephen King is not a great writer and even he will agree; he is a brilliant storyteller, much in the way J K Rowling is - their English isn't classic but they have the ability to wind a convincing plot that negates the lack of true great writing - the distinction of being a great storyteller, rather than a great writer is perhaps pedantic, but I feel that great writers should possess superior English such as the true classics (Tolkien, Dickens etc) possess.
It doesn't make then less talented.....
Yes, I think he is a very talented writer. He has a gift - so many writers of multiple works end up using the same elements in their stories. His story telling is unique.
Yes, he is possibly my favourite! I have 'Under The Dome' waiting at home to be read...
mr. King is one of my fav author, and i like all movies based by his book. its awesome and so thrill.
if you asked, did he a great author? i think he is sure a great author. no more doubt when you read the "bag of bone", "cujo", etc. its make me scream inside..... hahaha.
and i hope he still go on with his own way to born more and more masterpice
I have only ever read Dolores Claiborne, and I really liked it. It helped that I had already seen the movie and loved Cathy Bates. However, in general I think he's probably a good writer, maybe not great in the sense that he is the next Dickens, but he is definitely at the top of the pop culture charts and based on my good experience with his one book, I would say yes.
Personally I am unimpressed by Mr. King's writing, which I find formulaic and repetitive.
I agree with SimeyC that he's a great storyteller, but, not a great writer in the classical sense. He has a great imagination which serves him well in the genre he's mastered. I've ready many of his novels and am only 31 pages from finishing the second installment of the Dark Tower Trilogy: The Drawing of the Three, which deftly combines metaphysics and action and suspense in a fast-paced thriller.
I personally prefer writers who make social commentary, such as Dickens, Hawthorne, Orwell and Huxley, but, my absolute favorite is the master of metaphor: Franz Kafka.
He is definitely my favorite. I like how he can sort of bring images too life.
Stephen King IS a great writer.
I wish I could crank out best-selling novels and screenplays as rapidly, and as often, as he does.
by JamesPoppell 6 years ago
Can a good fiction writer become a great fiction writer?In his book, "On Writing" Stephen King claims a mediocre writer cannot become a good writer and a good writer cannot become a great writer. He admittedly catches a lot of flak about this. Do you subscribe to his theory?
by Mohan Kumar 5 years ago
What is your favorite Stephen King story?There are so many great books and short stories King has written. From Carrie to Cujo, Shining to Stand, Dark Tower series... The stories that made great movies like Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile, Stand By Me... Have you got a favorite?
by wolfshadow 6 years ago
Who is your favorite character from a Stephen King novel? Why that character over any of the others?
by emichael 5 years ago
What is your favorite Stephen King novel? What is your favorite movie based on a Stephen King novel?
by bulletproofchris 8 years ago
Ok, I'm sure this has been asked before, but I'm fairly new here and so it will be new to me. I love Stephen King. He's my favorite living author, and the reason I decided to pursue writing as a career. What I want to know from all you King fans out there is, which is your favorite (i know, it will...
by giselle2323 21 months ago
What is your definition of a good writer?
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