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When I was a teenager The Stand was my favourite novel. I loved the characters and the way I was sucked into the story so completely that it didn't feel like a long book even though it's a monster. I read the whole thing aloud to my boyfriend when I was about 18 because he was a non-reader (and later I married him). I liked the way The Stand ended - it felt right to me anyway. Nick and Tom were my favourite characters - I think I may have been in love with Nick Andros for a while there...

 

The characters in IT are even more engaging. The very start where you meet Bill and Georgie is simply magical. For someone who was born in the 80s, reading about how it was being a kid in the 60s makes you feel like you really missed out on something special. I hated the end of IT though. I'm not really into horror, yet I read so many King books as a teenager because I loved his characters. I often found myself wishing nothing supernatural would happen - no animals coming back from the dead or evil vanishing clowns or other unbelievable wonders. I prefer "Secret Window Secret Garden" and the others where it seems like something supernatural is going on but in the end everything has a rational explanation.

 

It follows that I love Different Seasons, and "Stand By Me" is my all time favourite movie. I haven't read a King novel since "The girl who loved Tom Gordon" - has there been anything truly worth reading from him since then?

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I haven't read a King novel since "The girl who loved Tom Gordon" - has there been anything truly worth reading from him since then?

 

No. ;)

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I steered clear of Stephen King for many years as I didn't think I would like 'horror' stories.

 

There was a band called The Alarm who wrote a song in the 80's called 'The Stand' which was based around the book, and being really into the band, I was always aware of the book and thought that I might get round to reading it 'one day'.

 

I think it was watching the film of The Green Mile that finally made me realise that Stephen King's 'horror' was more 'supernatural' than 'horror', and I picked up a copy of The Girl Who Love Tom Gordon at a second hand book shop, and thoroughly enjoyed it. That inspired me to get The Stand from the local library and I loved it, and despite it's size, zipped through it in no time. Since then I've read and enjoyed Pet Semetery, The Shining and Lisey's Story.

 

I'm attempting to read Misery at the moment, but not getting on too well with that one.

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If you want the best Stephen King reads (great characters, story that sucks you in, clever twists), I personally think IT has the best characters and Needful things has the coolest storyline. Misery was OK - I had to hang in there to find out what happened. I don't recommend Carrie or Christine because, looking back, they aren't all that memorable.

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The Stand is up there as his best, but I agree that IT and Needful Things were excellent too. I also love his Dark Tower series and Desperation too (I was bitterly disappointed with the TV series adaption of Desperation - really, really poor).

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For those that have read 'The Talisman' (yes, an excellent story), you must now rush out to buy 'Black House', which revisits this world and brings back it's central characters.

 

Is there a thread for these books? I must look.

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I thought the ending of Needful Things, IT and The Stand were very odd and abrubt. IT had a very disappointing end.

 

Otherwise the storylines were brilliant.

 

I started reading Christine when I was about 15, now at 40 I re read it again and really loved it.

 

I have yet to read some of Kings earlier novels.

 

Some of his later works have been hard work. Now Geralds Game I thought would be a boring first person account but WOW what a very well written book, the dialogue was so good King should have won an award.

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