What is your favorite Stephen King story?

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  1. Docmo profile image91
    Docmoposted 11 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?


  2. tlmcgaa70 profile image60
    tlmcgaa70posted 11 years ago

    the green mile was i think my favorite...then perhaps the stand.

  3. TToombs08 profile image77
    TToombs08posted 11 years ago

    My favorite Stephen King story is Dreamcatcher. I like that one of the main characters was special needs AND it has an ending I was not expecting. smile

  4. WillStarr profile image82
    WillStarrposted 11 years ago

    'The Stand'.

    Without a doubt, his best.

  5. Sunshine625 profile image86
    Sunshine625posted 11 years ago

    My favorite is The Green Mile, followed closely by Cujo, then Carrie and Shawshank. I couldn't stop at just one!
    His book "On Writing" I also highly recommend. He speaks to his fans as if they are all hanging out having a beer and shooting the breeze. Very cool guy.

    Happy 65th Birthday to Stephen King!

  6. jeolmoz2 profile image54
    jeolmoz2posted 11 years ago


    I like a lot of his movies, but I have to settle on the 'The Green Mile'. Specially in honor of actor Michael Clarke Duncan.

  7. bankscottage profile image91
    bankscottageposted 11 years ago

    I don't usually read his books but have seen a few of his movies.  I like Shawshank Redemption and Green Mile best.

  8. Aikonia profile image84
    Aikoniaposted 11 years ago

    The Shawshank Redemption is the absolutely best. Reading The Stand now so let's see if that changes...

  9. Music-and-Art-45 profile image92
    Music-and-Art-45posted 11 years ago

    I'm with bankscottage, The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption were the best.  Also The Body was great.

  10. rcrumple profile image77
    rcrumpleposted 11 years ago

    Mine is the ultimate testament to a woman's ability to survive even in the face of unbelievable odds... "Dolores Claiborne."  It is written as a statement of fact, presented as a determination to meet goals, and carries important social issues into the land of the unacceptable, with just results.  In the film, Kathy Bates gave the strongest performance of her career, as far as I'm concerned, in portraying a woman whose life was anything but easy, but survived and won out in the end.  This, like Misery, didn't have to rely on the supernatural for suspense, it developed it in the manner of a true classic.

  11. duffsmom profile image59
    duffsmomposted 11 years ago

    The Shining. I can remember sitting in the library on my lunch hour, in full daylight, being scared out of my wits.  That man can write some serious scary stuff.

  12. Tommyknocker profile image58
    Tommyknockerposted 11 years ago

    It has to be IT.

    King in his prime, I've read all of his books and his earlier ones are much better than his recent works.

    Still all very good though!

    1. bankscottage profile image91
      bankscottageposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Tommyknocker, it "surprises" me that  you would like Stephen King books ;-))

    2. Tommyknocker profile image58
      Tommyknockerposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Haha, it's weird isn't it? tongue

  13. Mike Robbers profile image64
    Mike Robbersposted 11 years ago

    I was thinking of "the Shinning" but I will choose the "It".  I love the fact the story except of being traditionally horror,  it brilliantly deals with the fear itself..  your fears as a child and your fears as a grown man.

  14. dohn121 profile image76
    dohn121posted 11 years ago

    Stephen King is an inspiration to me.  My short story,"See You In the Bahamas" is my ode to him.  I owe much to him as a writer.  So with that said, I cannot decide on which of his novels are the cream of the crop.  However, I can recommend a few, like seven for instance:

    The Stand
    The Shining
    The Dead Zone
    Rose Madder
    Needful Things

    I challenge  anyone to read any of the seven listed here if they never read him before as they will most likely become fans of his if they do.  "Different Seasons" was my favorite of all of his novella collections, as it contained "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption," "The Body," "The Apt Pupil," and "The Breathing Method."  Although the first three were made into excellent movies, "The Breathing Method" won't ever become a movie (I think you'll agree If you've read it).

    I thought the "Green Mile" was great as a serial novel and was much better than the movie.  It was torture for me having to wait for a new serial every 30 days!

    In addition, his instructional book,"On Writing" is a must read for anyone who is pursuing the craft of writing.  It rivals Strunk and White's,"The Elements of Style" which is arguably the best book on writing in which all others are compared.  "On Writing" was actually on my syllabus as a reading requirement for a novel writing course I took in college.

  15. visionandfocus profile image67
    visionandfocusposted 11 years ago

    Got to be The Shining. The movie starring Jack Nicholson is the scariest movie I've ever watched. But the book was even scarier. It completely terrified me. I read it while at university. Had to sleep with the light on for nights afterwards. *brrr*
    I also like Pet Sematary a lot.

  16. skip55 profile image60
    skip55posted 11 years ago

    Salem's Lot.
    His book on the subject of writing is a good read, and well worth the time.

  17. LillyGrillzit profile image76
    LillyGrillzitposted 11 years ago

    11/22/63 Is my newest favorite. I am still digesting the many layers presented within this tome.

    It has over 700 pages, and I loved the journey tremendously.

    There are parts and pieces of other works, contained in these numerous pages. Derry, the horrid "It" is mentioned, and alluded to what transpired in "Stand By Me", and "It".

  18. mperrottet profile image83
    mperrottetposted 11 years ago

    I'll have to go with The Stand, and after that The Tommyknockers out of his earlier writing.  Of his most recent works, I liked 11/11/63 and Duma Key the best.  Also of mention is his collaboration with Peter Straub - The Talisman.  Great read!  The books that were made into the best movies were The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption.  None of the other movies did his books justice.  I never read the Dark Tower Series, but plan on doing so.

  19. fpherj48 profile image60
    fpherj48posted 11 years ago

    "The Green Mile," for certain, Docmo.   In fact, I recently saw the movie for about the 6th. time,...... being aired to honor Duncan (rest his soul).   
    This story is filled with so much of what I am passionate about.  In all fairness, I have to admit that I've not read a lot of King's work....to give me a wide choice,  but I have a feeling that Green Mile would remain my favorite.  This is a fabulous story by Stephen.........

  20. Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image60
    Jo_Goldsmith11posted 11 years ago

    My Favorite Stephen King is "IT". I have read this 3x and I then found the best by far I think. And it is "Tommy knockers".

  21. PointAPointb profile image60
    PointAPointbposted 11 years ago

    Defiantly Hearts in Atlantis, followed by The DarkTower series, (which I've heard they are making into movies, hopefully!) then I would say. . . um... The Shinning, maybe?

  22. cat on a soapbox profile image93
    cat on a soapboxposted 11 years ago

    The Stand, followed closely by Tommyknockers, and The Green Mile.  It is hard to just pick one from such a brilliant collection!  Clowns have always bothered me, so IT really freaked me out!

  23. Efficient Admin profile image87
    Efficient Adminposted 11 years ago

    I have never read any of his books but saw a few of his movies.  I have to say whenever Silver Bullet comes on I have to watch it.  It's a werewolf movie starring Gary Busey and I've seen it about 4 or 5 times over the years.

  24. TS Garp profile image60
    TS Garpposted 11 years ago

    There are indeed so many good books from this prolific author. Stephen King can write horror, thrillers, conventional drama, and sci-fi stories with ease. Its hard to pick just one of his books. I still like his classic early books such as Carrie, Salem's Lot, The Shining, The Stand, Firestarter, The Dead Zone. But I also like his Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption, Misery, and Stand By Me. Other stories of King’s vast work that I like is The Mist, Dark Tower series, The Tommyknockers, and The Running Man. Its also nice to read the book first and than see it on the Big Screen.

  25. LoisRyan13903 profile image61
    LoisRyan13903posted 10 years ago

    The Stand with It and The Shining tied for a close second.  I did not realize that the Shawshank Redemption was his as well.  I watched the movie twice.


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