Me On: Steven King- On Writing

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This book is On Writing by Stephen King (291 pages). So I’ll start this out like any other book review. It starts with 3 forewords where King talks about why he decided to write this book. Then he goes into his own story, his childhood, and how he discovered his writing talent. After that, he goes over several topics about writing and the mechanics of it.

This book was just outstanding. When I first started this book I was concerned that because it was a book about writing, it would be boring. I was completely wrong! This book actually kept me hooked. I learned so much about King that I had never known before. When I was finished with this book, I didn’t feel like I’d read a book, I felt more like I had just been listening to King talk to me personally for days. I felt like he was a friend or something which sounds weird, I know, but that’s such a cool thing for a reader to feel.

“Thin description leaves the reader feeling bewildered and nearsighted. Over description buries him or her in details and images. the trick is to find a happy medium… I’m not particularly keen on writing which exhaustively describes the physical characteristics of the people in the story and what they’re wearing.” – Stephen King

The topic that he covered that I enjoyed the most and felt like I benefited from would be the section on description. I agree with King that writing that has too much description buries the reader in details. He says that it’s not really about what the character looks like, the reader is more interested in the development of said character and story. This is very important advice in my opinion.

“To put it another way, they’re like dandelions. If you have one on your lawn, it looks pretty and unique. If you fail to root it out, however, you find five the next day… fifty the day after that… and then, my brothers and sisters, your lawn is totally, completely, and profligately covered with dandelions. by then you see them for the weeds they really are, but by then it’s – gasp!! – too late.” – Stephen King on adverbs

I also enjoyed reading his section on dialogue and adverbs. People sometimes don’t pay enough attention to how a character speaks in their writing but that is a bad thing. The way a character speaks tells us so much about them without having to describe anything. The section on adverbs is great too, King really hates adverbs and after reading this book,  so do I! I never knew how annoying and pointless they are. Adverbs aren’t all bad, it’s really about how the writer uses them and how frequently. King basically says that if you show the reader what is happening in the situation, adverbs to describe character action are unnecessary.

After reading this book, I feel like I’ve gotten some unique and helpful advice about writing. I also know more about Stephen King and am now inspired to read a few of his novels. He really knows his stuff and you can tell by the quality of information. He was so snarky and blunt in this and I loved it because to get a point across, you have to be. Also, he and his wife are ADORABLE!!

 

 

 

I definitely recommend this book to any beginning or seasoned writer. Everyone could use a little advice, especially from the King!!

Until next time my friends! Keep writing!

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It’s Monday and I’m Reading About Writing!

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I have been reading On Writing by Stephen King and I have read 140 pages so far. When I first started this book, I was concerned that it might be boring just because it’s a book about writing but I am pleasantly surprised to find that I was wrong. I haven’t read any of Stephen King’s books but I love the way he writes this one. It is very in-formal and I like that, it makes it a more interesting read. I also liked how he included a large portion of the book that told us more about his life. I had no idea he went through so much to get where he is. It gives beginning writers like me hope that I can get somewhere if I keep trying. I’ve just now gotten into the writing advice so you’ll have to wait till next week for the entire review!

“Someone out there is not accusing me of being tiresome and anal-retentive. I deny it. I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops.” -Stephen King

So one of my favorite movies is Troy. You know, the story of the fall of Troy and the mighty Achilles? I watched it again this weekend because it happened to be on TV and my Wi-Fi is down at home so I thought, why not? I have always loved the time of gladiators and Greek mythology so this movie is epic and if you haven’t seen it, you definitely should. there are so many amazing quotes from this movie here are a couple of my favorites:

“I’ll tell you a secret. Something they don’t teach you in your temple. The Gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.” -Achilles

Gives me chills! Please go watch this movie!

“If they ever tell my story let them say that I walked with giants. Men rise and fall like the winter wheat, but these names will never die. Let them say I lived in the time of Hector, tamer of horses. Let them say I lived in the time of Achilles.” – Odysseus

Here’s the trailer if you’re interested (you should be).

 

 

There’s also a book called The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller that is a VERY good read. It’s actually a lot different from the movie Troy, but it was a refreshing new take on the story I always knew. If you enjoy warriors, Greek gods, and war, then you’ll love this book. Miller’s interpretation is very unique.

Until next time my friends!

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Book Review: Frankenstein!

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Hello everyone! Time for another book review! I decided to go classic on this one and I was not disappointed. I read Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (179 pages). Now remember, Frankenstein is the CREATOR of the creature, not the creature himself. He has no name.

“I felt as if I had committed some great crime, the consciousness of which haunted me. I was guiltless, but I had indeed drawn down a horrible curse upon my head, as mortal as that of a crime.” – Victor Frankenstein

Frankenstein starts out with Robert Walton writing letters to his sister Margaret. The whole book is compiled of his letters. He is on a voyage to discover new lands and he and his crew get stranded in ice in the arctic and they find a strange man named Victor Frankenstein. Walton takes him aboard and nurses him back to health and Victor decides to tell Walton his story. Victor created a creature as a result of a twisted obsession in occult science. He brings it to life, but then abandons it immediately. The creature is confused and sacred and eventually we get to hear his story through Victor and how their decisions brought the downfall of both Victor and the creature’s lives.

This book was absolutely amazing. While reading it, I tried to analyze and decipher the meanings that are buried in this book. There are so many references to other literature that Mary Shelley referenced in her novel. One that she referenced many times throughout the story is John Milton’s Paradise LostIt’s an epic poem about Satan’s fall from Heaven and his efforts to destroy mankind to get his revenge. I love that Mary Shelley used this poem so much in her story because it gives the story so much depth. I like how she made her characters so complex. The creature was so misunderstood. For a while in the book, you have much pity for Victor and his plight, but a little more than half way through, my opinion started to change drastically. I realized how cold hearted Victor was for abandoning this creation he worked so hard for. The creature was left to fend for himself in a world he knew nothing about. I like that Shelley pulls at my heart strings with her characters.

I didn’t find anything in this book that I didn’t like. Something that could turn people off about this book would be the old English language that can be a little flowery and difficult to understand at first. If you start out slow and look up any words that you don’t know and just follow the references at the bottom of the page, you should be able to follow the story fairly well!

Overall I loved this book. It really challenged me to think hard about the characters’ decisions and how that effected what happened to them in the end. I highly recommend that everyone read this book at some point in their life. It has a lot of good content that a young person could learn from. There is a great play adaptation of this book by Danny Boyle, I can’t find it on DVD which distresses me, but here is the  trailer. Well that’s all I’ve got today! Until next time my friends.

 

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