Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Let's go on a journey....

I guess I should explain why I am doing this.  I was asked (by my friends on the internet of all places) to rank the SK library of books from my favorites on down.  I tossed this idea around for a while. This could be fun! Why not try this then?  In order to do it true justice, I need to start at the beginning. It has been YEARS since I have read many of these.  So, in honor of my starting this reread of the entire SK library...

(an ode to SK...)

Care to take a journey with me? It may take a while. But that's ok, isn't it?  We'll venture to some far off places, some close to home, some places that you'll love, and others that may leave you feeling frightened.  We can hold each others hand as we peek in every dark corner to see what may be lurking there. You may want to stop at times, but I'll be sure to pull you along. Why, you ask? Because I can promise you, you'll meet many characters that you'll absolutely fall in love with, some that you'll hope to see die, but it will be an experience like you've never had before and you'll not soon forget!  Now, I can't forget the monsters....those that go bump in the night! Who come to scare us when we least expect it.  Picture in your head what might scare you most. Do you have it? I can almost guarantee we'll meet it along the way, but together we'll fight it till the end. So take my hand now, hold on tight, it's going to be a wild ride!

When did it all begin?

Welcome!  I am not sure who plans to ever come check out this blog, but I imagine this will be a fun "diary", so to speak, of my reading.  If nothing else, I'll share it with my daughters one day and hope they'll share my love of reading. It will be all the better if that blossoms into a love of all that is dark and gruesome (cue my tears of happiness).

When, you ask, (and if you didn't you should) did I become such an avid Stephen King fan? I truly wish I could remember.  For as long as I can think back, I remember reading Stephen King novels. I think it began somewhere around 5th grade.  I gained my access to the ADULT library and never looked back. Is there anything better than browsing the library? I began venturing into more frightening books and soon fell in love with anything that could make my heart rate increase even the slightest.

I remember with fondness getting the "side-eye" from my mother on my book choices (though she never stopped me or asked about the books).  She was quick to catch on that I tended to favor one particular author.  Even though I got the random comments of  "How can you read such books?" "You'll have nightmares when you go to bed!" and my favorite "You couldn't pay me to read that crap", she always made sure I had the newest SK release as soon as it came out.  That's a positive right? She may not have agreed with my passion but she fed it for all it was worth! (Thanks mom!)

Anyone who knows me (even a little), knows I will tout the magnificence of SK to anyone who will listen.  People who have never ventured into SK's world tend to have many preconceived notions of this writer (I'm talking to you here, mom!). Nothing brings out my inner-rage more than listening to someone stereotype SK and his writing.  Hence, I make it my personal crusade to enlighten as many people as I can about Stephen King, and what a wonderful author he is (and if I do this right, I can hopefully make a "Constant Reader" of a person or two).Yes, he has been labeled a horror writer, but he is so much more! He is a master of character development! I would actually challenge people to find an author to compare to the talents of SK and how he makes you love his characters.  He will pull you into a story by page two and you'll never look back.  There aren't many authors out there that make people pick up a book with over 1,000 pages and wish there was more!

I hope you enjoy this blog and what is to come.  It will be a long process for sure, as I plan to only go as fast as my schedule will permit.  It is always fun to share any passion with another person who can appreciate it!  In that....happy reading!