Give it up for Patrick!

Tonight, I would like to introduce you to my  first guest blogger, Patrick Pillars who can be found over at Paddy’s Wanderings. He’s a fellow TCA member and all around good guy. Once you’re finished reading Patrick’s post, please take some time to stop by his site and show him the love. I know he’d appreciate it.

Now read and enjoy. Momma says so!

I discovered Stephen King through the movies before the books. I saw The Shining first, then Carrie. I really did not like either one. I have since read The Shining and it was meh. I never did finish Carrie.

Then I saw Christine, and I liked it. And then I read the book, which I really liked. I watched Stand by Me and The Running Man, both of which I liked. But I am here to tell ya, I was not a fan in any way.

Then I met Steph, she who would become better 1/2. She was a huge fan. I mean huge! She pestered me about how I should try other books by Stephen King. I said yeah well.. only if you will really listen to the Beatles — really give em a try. She was not a Beatles fan. I know, how is that possible? Then again, I was not a fan of Stephen King, how could that be possible, as well?

Well, we were fans of each other at this point, so we decided to trade an album for a book. She got the White Album. I got IT.

She did become a fan of the Beatles, although she likes Paul, and I kinda always liked John. I became a fan of Mr. King and we argue which is better, IT or The Stand. Good thing is, we are still fans of each other in spite of our differences. I may not have ever given any of his stuff a real chance if I had not been prodded along, and I would have missed an awful lot.

I am a short story nut, and I love his short stories. They just do it for me. I also like his older work much more so then his latest stuff. I think that The Long Walk may be my favorite novel, and I believe he wrote that in college. I also like The Gunslinger and the beginning of The Dark Tower series, all written early in his career, like The Stand and IT. There is a rawness, if you will, an abandon which seems to be missing from his later work. The Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption are two others I really like.

I fancy myself a writer, or at the very least, an educated wannabe, and what strikes me about King is his style. The stories are easy to slip into, to be a part of the story. That is what grabs readers and takes them on the journey and that, to me, is good writing. Whether confronting the Walking Dude or Pennywise, both improbable situations, the reader is right there with the characters, and it is believable. That is the magic. That is stuff I strive to do myself and what has made me a fan.

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  1. Jenny Beans says:

    I like this story too. Interesting to see how Stephen King influenced you, and how you aren’t afraid to admit you didn’t like him at first. Great stuff.

    ... on July May 16th, 2010
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  3. Acadia
    Twitter: acadia


    ... on July May 16th, 2010
  4. Drew Beatty says:


    Acadia is just phoning it in.

    Also, I almost failed my grade 9 exams because I foolishly picked up IT just before exam week. Studying took a back seat.

    ... on July May 16th, 2010
  5. vange says:

    I know what you mean…I wouldn’t have read Harry Potter if I hadn’t been browbeaten into it. It was a lovely surprise.

    ... on July May 17th, 2010
  6. Acadia
    Twitter: acadia

    Oy was relevant. Also, Insomnia is very underrated.

    ... on July May 17th, 2010
  7. Nikki says:

    The HP books were fantastic. I can’t wait until Mini Me starts reading them.

    I never would have picked up the Sword of Truth novels without prodding. I’m glad I did, though. That is, by far, the best series of books I’ve ever read. I try and read them every year.

    ... on July May 17th, 2010
  8. Nikki says:

    Acadia, it took me a few to figure out the Oy comment, but I got it.

    ... on July May 17th, 2010
  9. Just Nikki » Blog Archive » Updates says:

    […] Second, I wrote my first guest blog, which you can find over at Paddy’s Wanderings. (You can find Patrick’s guest blog here.) […]

    ... on July May 18th, 2010
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    […] chosen to do it is by interviewing my good friend Patrick Pillars, who, you may remember, guest blogged on this very site in […]

    ... on July July 7th, 2010

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