In the midst of the Dark Tower now. 65% done. The most amazing thing about the book (and book 6), is that it's self-referential. King puts himself in the book as a character, kind of in a Never-Ending Story way. And as we discover, every book he's written (or most of them) have references to the Dark Tower, like these seven books are the spine that make up his body at work. And of course, King isn't without poking some fun at himself. One of the minor women characters says she didn't like King, read four or five of his books, and found them good stories, but horrible with the language. She asks the main character what he finds so fascinating about him and he says "He hears the right voices and sings the right songs."Of course, he says this because everything he does and says is due to 'the writer' i.e., God. But my point is, this is why King is so popular. He's not a good writer, he's not an excellent plotter, or eloquent with his words or particularly witty. But he appeals. He appeals to the senses, and the humans' need for a good story that evokes emotion. And he tells the right stories. I'm not a hundred percent sure what that means, but I do know it's what I want to do. I have to write the stories that I can/will/do write, and that's what I think King did too. He never made a 'contractual obligation'. He just wrote the right stories. His right stories.
Labels: Dark Tower, Stephen King