Wednesday, 27 July 2011

S.King — Misery

I just finished reading S. King's Misery.  King is an amazing writer but his stories are terrible. Terribly good perhaps.  There is lots to learn from his prose.  One thing that struck me was his constant use of examples, or metaphors, that intertwine the action.  These anecdotes are carried sometimes throughout the whole story or only part of it.

He is, of course, a master at creating and keeping tension.  The first five pages laid out the story like a sphere, round and ready to roll but only until half way through the 300+ pages did the ball start going. I'd love to read a writer that can create this tension without such gruesome images.

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