He writes in a style that makes his fiction accessible to people aged from 15 to 100, a style that has made him one of the most popular authors in the world.
But just because King is one of the most popular authors on the planet, does this make him one of the great American writers, like Edgar Allen Poe?
A while back, renowned author Stephen King wrote an essay that appeared in a leading magazine entitled “Why We Crave Horror Movies.” In that essay, he tried to explain why people enjoy watching scary movies so much more than virtually any other type of movie out there.
The idea he came up with was one that actually surprised a lot of people, and it certainly made them stop and think about how they interact with their own little corner of the world for a minute.
From abuse to the loneliness of poverty and hunger, King is able to connect to his readership and to offer them a sense of hope: people just like them, he seems to say, can overcome any trial.
Like the children in IT, or The Body (which was famously made into the movie Stand By Me), King tells his readers they can achieve extraordinary things when they work together for a common good.
King writes primarily to the working class audience he grew up among, whom he calls his “constant reader” and he excels at providing detailed and familiar description of life in a working class environment.
In The Stand, for example, Arnette is a kind of working class everywhere and through his portrayal of this town he highlights the problems faced by working class families across America in both the late seventies and late eighties, as employment was disappearing.
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