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Transcript of Stephen King
“Stephen King is among the most successful, popular, productive, and widely-read contemporary authors of horror fiction, and the films and television programs based on his numerous works have made millions. King's ability to produce fantastic, captivating tales combining elements of psychological thrills, mystery, gore, and science fiction, and featuring real-life characters with common worries in everyday settings has endeared him to readers and moviegoers worldwide” (Spampinato).
Influences of the King
Ray Bradbury (also the author of Fahrenheit 451) had a great influence on Stephen King's writing. They both wanted their readers to not only see the words written on the page but imagining the story in their minds. Stephen first heard of Ray when he listened to an adaptation of one of his stories "Mars is Heaven!" This exposure changed his life, and his future writings.
What Makes Stephen King So Influential?
“Many of King's characters are children and adolescents, and the author has been praised by critics as having a keen insight into the minds of young people, which enables him to create especially realistic, believable young characters, all of whom are in some manner estranged from society" (Spampinato).
Katniss Everdeen Harry Potter Bella Swan
Beatrice Prior Percy Jackson
"If you have an imagination, let it run free." - Steven King, 1963
Stephen King is an influential American short story and novel writer. He has greatly developed and impacted the genres of horror and sci-fi throughout modern literature.
Born in Portland, Main 1947
Moved to Stratford, Connecticut, this is where he got his first exposure to horror.
Stephen King has received many awards for his writing throughout his life. Here are just a few of them:
American Library Association best books for young adults citation, 1979
World Fantasy Awards, 1980, and 1982
World Science Fiction Convention, 1982; named Best Fiction Writer of the Year
US Magazine, 1982; Locus Award for best collection
World Fantasy Award for short story, 1995
National Book Foundation's Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, 2003
Grand Master Award, Mystery Writers of America, 2006
O. Henry Award, 1996
Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novelette, Horror Writers Association, 1996, for Best Novel, 1999, Best Fiction Collection, 2008, and Best Novel, 1997 and 2008
"It - By Stephen King." Read Online Free.
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"Movies - A to Z:." Stephen King The Official Web Site. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2014.
Spampinato, Lynn M. "Stephen King." Newsmakers. Detroit: Gale, 1998. U.S. History in Context. Web. 5 Feb. 2014
"Stephen King." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. U.S. History in Context. Web. 5 Feb. 2014.
"The Shining Quotes." By Stephen King. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2014.
"The Writings Of Stephen King." Novelguide.
Influences in Science Fiction and Horror Genres
Dark, horror, eerie
Evil Clown that murders children
The clown is a symbol for two faced people and hiding behind a friendly facade
Dark, horror, eerie
Denial of Reality
Cycle of violence, mental illness
Denial of reality
“But see that you get on. That's your job
in this hard world, to keep your
love alive and see that you get on,
no matter what. Pull your act
together and just go on.”
"'Want your boat Georgie?'
Pennywise asked. I only repeat myself because you really do not seem that eager.' He held it up, smiling. Yes, sure,' George said, looking into the storm drain. And a balloon? I’ve got red and green and yellow and blue...' Do they float? Float?' The clown’s grin widened. 'Oh yes, indeed they do. They float! And there’s cotton candy...' George reached. The clown seized his arm. And George saw the clown’s face change. What he saw then was terrible enough to make his worst imaginings of the thing in the cellar look like sweet dreams; what he saw destroyed his sanity in one clawing stroke. They float,' the thing in the drain crooned in a clotted, chuckling voice. It held George’s arm in its thick and wormy grip, it pulled George toward that terrible darkness where the water rushed and roared and bellowed as it bore its cargo of storm debris toward the sea. George craned his neck away from that final blackness and began to scream into the rain, to scream mindlessly into the white autumn sky which curved above Derry on that day in the fall of 1957. His screams were shrill and piercing. They float,' it growled, 'they float, Georgie, and when you’re down here with me, you’ll float, too–'"
Not only has Stephen King changed the content of modern literature, but he has also changed much of the film industry as over 35 movies have been made based off of his books, and others are still in the making. In addition, television shows have also created various adaptations of his work (Movies - A to Z:...).
Pennywise from "It"
Creature from "The Mist"
Semi-truck from "Maximum Overdrive"
Analysis: "The Shining"