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Stephen King Uses His New Book to Remind Us How Much He Hates ‘The Shining’

It’s not quite a secret that Stephen King hates Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining. King fans know it, film buffs know it, everyone knows it. But, if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard, then not to worry because Stephen King is clearing up any confusion.


In his newest book, The Outsider, Stephen King throws a somewhat subtle jab at legendary director Stanley Kubrick, whose take on The Shining King once referred to as, a “big, beautiful cadillac with no engine inside.”


In one chapter of The Outsiders, King depicts a character watching Kubrick’s film Paths of Glory because, in the character’s opinion, it’s “better than The Shining.”


Ouch. We see what you did there, Stephen.




Though The Shining is considered one of the best horror films of all time by many critics and audiences, King has criticized it for being, as his cadillac metaphor suggests, superficial and empty of deeper meaning.


Apparently King’s opinion hasn’t changed much in the thirty-eight years since the film’s release. Maybe another decade will smooth over his feelings? 



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10 of Stephen King’s Tips on Writing Every Writer Should Know

Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft has long been a guidebook for aspiring writers, offering writing advice that has accumulated during his long and wildly successful writing career. As it approaches its 19th anniversary this year, On Writing continues to inspire generations of writers and these ten tips will show you why.


Here are ten writing tips in the words of Stephen King:





“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” 



“Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.”



“The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story…writing is seduction. Good talk is part of seduction.”



“If you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns. The least of all should be polite society and what it expects.



“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”



“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”



“There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky.”



“I think the best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event, which is to say character-driven.”



“I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing. If one is writing for one’s own pleasure, that fear may be mild…If, however, one is working under deadline…that fear may be intense.”



“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”



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Get Your First Look at Stephen King, J. J. Abrams Megaseries ‘Castle Rock’!

Hulu has released the first trailer for Castle Rock. The series promises to explore Stephen King’s shared universe, Castle Rock being a ubiquitous setting in the author’s work.


The footage looks gorgeous. From a melting videotape to a ghostly-looking Sissy Spacek (*nudge* Carrie *nudge*), Castle Rock has the same bleak-yet-enamoring aesthetic as Andy Muschietti’s It (2017). Speaking of It, a certain face may look familiar. Bill Skarsgård will be returning to King’s world in this series, but this time, presumably, with less clowning around.


The trailer’s most obvious callout is to The Shawshank Redemption, but Hulu’s previous teaser trailer promises Castle Rock will allude to tons of King’s work like It, Dolores Claiborne, Dreamcatcher, Night Shift, The Green Mile, and The Shining. Executive produced by J. J. Abrams, this psychological thriller will definitely be packed with content for King fanatics.


If your favorite King stories aren’t referenced in the first season, there’s always season two to look forward to, says executive producer and creator Dustin Thomason. Additionally, Skarsgård said that the first season will be self-contained and have a definitive ending, following anthology series like True Detective and Fargo.


And if all of this hasn’t got you hyped, then the cast surely will. André Holland (Moonlight), Jane Levy (Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe), Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), and, of course, King veterans Sissy Spacek and Bill Skarsgård.


Check out the trailer here!



Castle Rock will premiere on Hulu sometime in 2018. Stay tuned for more coverage on this shared universe extravaganza!

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