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    Default Issues with King's writing *please mark spoilers

    I know we all LOVE his writing (as do I especially), but you all must have some "pet" peeves with his books/stories that we coud air out here.

    Personally, with some exception, I think he has trouble ending a novel. Not always, but sometimes his books feel like a race to the end and then..............................Uh Oh!!

    UTD comes to mind, and while it was a novel concept, it seemed more suited (as an ending) to a short story.

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    I'd like to uppercut him in the junk for the end of Cell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OchrisO View Post
    I'd like to uppercut him in the junk for the end of Cell.
    I can see that!!! Although maybe not as graphically!!! LOL

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    I wasn't his biggest fan when he
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    Personally, I could never understand how his wife, Tabitha, could lay in a bed next to him at night after "Gerald's Game", but what do I know????


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    I'm not a fan of when he makes up nonsense words and uses them over and over again, a la Lisey's Story.
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    Definitely the fate of
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    in DT VII. Really soured my view of the series.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberGhostface View Post
    Definitely the fate of
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    in DT VII. Really soured my view of the series.
    Yup! I agree with that. Flagg...
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    ...died way too easy for being such a bad ass. And then, to make matters worse, King had Patrick ERASE the Crimson King?!?! What the f**k?
    Both of those should have been epic battles in my opinion. and if he had to write a Vol. VIII to do it, so be it.

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    great thread idea, Merlin. You're alright, even if you do like the yankees.
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    great idea for a thread

    I have a lot of complaints, mainly regarding King's writing style, which - unlike the story - I often find annoying, cliched, overusing the same devices etc. What Erin said, too.

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    My main beef is how he gets into the minds of the most insidious examples of human nature--I don't even want to READ about them, much less know what they're thinking. Then again, maybe that's for the same reason upstanding respectable Victorian people wanted to kill Mr. Hyde....

    Other than that, inconsistencies in narrative bug me, and there was no shortage of those in The Dark Tower, favorite work or no.

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    I am trying to come up with some "pet" peeves but I can't.
    Once in a blue moon I feel he writes some stuff into the story because he thinks that's what the constant reader would like to read. That's how I felt when
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    My pet peeve is that he rambles to get the story going....I still haven't finished UTD because of it....and I bought it as a Christmas gift to myself. That is how long it has taken me to read half the book.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin1958 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by OchrisO View Post
    I'd like to uppercut him in the junk for the end of Cell.
    I can see that!!! Although maybe not as graphically!!! LOL

    What you don't understand though is to Chris an uppercut to the junk is a term of endearment.

    I have a beef with the apostrophe in this thread title.
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    I have a beef with the apostrophe in this thread title.
    I think this is funny............although you are right the apostrophe does not belong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Blaze View Post
    great thread idea, Merlin. You're alright, even if you do like the yankees.

    LOL, thanks Mr. Blaze!!! Somebody has to love them, right? LOL

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    I'll edit the title of the thread.

    For me, I don't like when King makes you love a side character and then kills them. You know the whole time too. Like in Black House. You know it is coming and you try not to love them but you do and then they die.



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    Quote Originally Posted by sarah View Post
    I'll edit the title of the thread.

    For me, I don't like when King makes you love a side character and then kills them. You know the whole time too. Like in Black House. You know it is coming and you try not to love them but you do and then they die.
    Thanks Sarah, though just to be picky maybe we should drop the "my" and let it be "Issues with King's writing"? Good call on the "spoilers too. Sorry I missed that the first time around.

    As far as your post. I know what you mean like when he

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    Thanks Sarah, though just to be picky maybe we should drop the "my" and let it be "Issues with King's writing"?

    done



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    Now that I think about it, what was your problem with "Beef"? LOL

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    I have a "beef" when he makes bad deals, like when "The Stand" came out or, when he sold the rights to "The Shining". I know he was pissed at Kubrick, but if he loved it that much which I believe he did, he could have lived without the money to make sure it was "right". Lets face it the guy is a marketing genius for his works, he could do it at his discretion, no? Even given the time frame.
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    I find it a bit annoying when he writes something like "And that was that last time he saw her (or him)." or something like "He (or her) would be dead in two hours." That worked to maximun effectiveness in THE MIST, which was (correct me if I'm wrong), the first time he did that. It actually sent chills up my spine when I read that he never saw his wife again, as at that time I had absoulutely no idea what that story was about. But King has pulled that gag over and over again and it has totally lost it's thrill on me.
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    he does that as far back as It, that I can tell.
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    I agree so much with what's being said here!

    Whether it's the Tic-toc man, Flagg, Mordred, CK or the Calla Bryn Sturgis, Algul Siento battle, SK generaly sucks at making a nice climax! He's the building kind, not the destroying it seems...

    I didn't believe my eyes when I read Mordred's last stand! Such a great character down to kill one poor bumbler! And the "we escpaed Ka" (or not) thing insn't enough of an excuse for me.

    Everytime the events, so slowly and brilliantly brought together, should end in a brutal burst of fire and death, it's not good. Even the battle at the end of Wizard and Glass is a bit dull, regarding the rest of the book!

    Is it the same for the other books he'd written? I'm not talking precisely about the ending, but about the "climax" in general.
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