Date: 2017-01-07 08:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline
It's an excellent distinction.

Interestingly, my *reading experience* of King books leans closer to the 'everything sucks' side because of the sheer prevalence of depressing stuff even when the writing thematically leans towards 'life isn't fair'; it's one reason why I love, but rarely reread, certain of his novels.

Also, I enjoy the 'life isn't fair'/'bad stuff happens' theme handled elsewise, with more emphasis on 'so fuck it, let's try anyway.' (I also tend to use a slightly different concept with the title 'life isn't fair...', thus my renaming of it.) That can be done in fiction or nonfiction, but the immersive quality (or lack thereof) of the narration makes or breaks it for me. Horror and its cousins are very hit or miss for me, though I enjoy many things that are often misclassified as horror. Frex, 'the monster wins' stories wherein 'monster' is a sympathetic character (for me) by means of either higher morals, sadly familiar experience, or sheer charm. (If the monster kills everything, and then dies, it usually isn't winning.)
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