Date: 2017-01-07 08:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sholio
Agreed about King's overall theme being "life isn't fair" rather than "life sucks" -- which I think is actually what makes so many of his books an emotional kick in the teeth, because most of his characters are good, likable people, who mostly do decent things and at worst tend to have ordinary human failings (aside from the characters who are awful and evil, obviously) ... AND THEY DIE ANYWAY. Or have basically horrible things happen to them. It wouldn't be nearly as difficult to get through some of his books if all of this were happening to people who weren't trying their best to be good people anyway.

I read Cujo during my big King phase in college, and I think it was one of the early ones I read. I had read ones like Salem's Lot first (i.e. a few of his more conventional horror novels), and I remember being surprised by the lack of any supernatural elements and finding the ordinary-world horror of the family trapped in the car EVEN MORE HORRIFYING than people being menaced by vampires or whatnot. It was definitely not what I was expecting. It was a good book; I think that was the book that made me start thinking King is highly underrated as a serious writer (and I still think that). But all these years later, I have no desire to ever read it again.
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