Welcome to Chester’s Mill. Another small idyllic New England town, created by Stephen King. It is filled with all the elements of most of the towns in the Kingosphere. It has King’s usual squeaky clean exterior, leafy green lawns, white picket fences, and quaint little restaurants and shops. Of course, as most fans of Stephen King can tell you, Chester’s Mill isn’t all sweetness-and-light. Oh no fellow readers, in a King-town there is always something brewing, something which will expose this town and it’s citizens for what they are. And this time in Stephen King’s mammoth novel Under the Dome, the king of all-things-weird-and-spooky is going to place an entire town inside of a giant impenetrable dome (thus the novel’s title) and shake thing up like a giant snow dome.
Of course fans of King’s novels are not going to be too surprised by a giant invisible dome appearing for no reason around a town. Nor will they be surprised or shocked by the carnage, destruction or mild gore the dome creates. Even the characters trapped inside the dome: Dale ‘Barbie’ Barbara, a drifter who just happens to be a soldier fresh back from Iraq, Julia Shumway, the town’s newspaper editor and Jim Rennie, a used car salesman and Chester Mill’s equivalent of Boss Hogg will seem familiar to your average Stephen King fan. And there lies the problem of Under the Dome for me. It just was too much King for one reader…. Or maybe, it was too little King spread over too many pages for me.
I am currently reading one of Stephen King’s mammoth novel’s. And for a reader like me, that can take some time. I am not the slowest reader, but I am certainly not Usain Bolt when it comes to reading, leaving me struggling for stuff to blog about.
Luckily for me, and you as well (don’t want your trip on your cybercraft to my corner of cyberspace to be wasted) Stephen King seems to be everywhere on the World Wide Interweb at the moment. So I have decided to share some of the crumbs I have found of the supersized Stephen King sandwich currently feeding the internet’s book fans.
And I am going to begin with this fantastic interview Stephen King has done for the BBC, where he finally confirms that he didn’t like the Stanley Kubrick film adaptation of The Shining (which is a relief for me because I didn’t like it either).
They also discuss, how Stephen King has gone from being the whipping boy of literary critics, to an author who is maybe not revered by critics, but at least now accepted by them.
Stephen King more than any other author was the reason I started reading books purely for pleasure. And even though I don’t read too many of his novels any more (though I plan to) I still like to keep track of what he is up to.
So it came with great pleasure to read this short interview with the author, where he speaks about Under the Dome among other things.