Exactly. I get the strong impression that S. King treats his work much
like anyone who like their job does. He wants to produce a product that
will be purchased by as many people as possible and at the same time
will provide him some pleasure in the actual creation.
That having been said, I think Muse's criticism is overly harsh. The
Dark_Tower series, as well as Rose_Matter, are some of the best books
within this genre. S. King's ability to capture a complete, and
understandable, secondary character in one or two sentences stands above
almost all of the authors I can readily think of. Not to mention the
fact that the man is well and truly prolific with the written word.
Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
> > yeah except Steven King has been writing utter shit for years.
> I've always had a lot more respect for artists who actually
> try to understand what their audience wants and provide that,
> than for those who think that art has some nebulous "higher"
> purpose beyond simple entertainment. Shakespeare's greatest
> strength was that he wrote simple entertainment for simple
> folks; he wasn't afraid to go for the cheap laugh of a dirty
> joke or a pun where needed, and his brilliant use of language
> and poetic form wasn't to challenge his audience's mind, but
> simply to entertain them. He juggled the language like a
> street performer juggles torches, as deftly and for the same
> purpose. /That/ is the highest form of art.
> Lee Daniel Crocker <email@example.com> <http://www.piclab.com/lee/>
> "All inventions or works of authorship original to me, herein and past,
> are placed irrevocably in the public domain, and may be used or modified
> for any purpose, without permission, attribution, or notification."--LDC
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