Tag: Stephen King

  • The Shopping Mall As Fictional Setting

    The Shopping Mall As Fictional Setting

    Shopping malls play a big part in many people’s lives. Naturally, malls make it into fiction, sometimes prominently. How are storytellers making use of malls as setting?

  • Domed And Bubble Worlds In Storytelling

    Domed And Bubble Worlds In Storytelling

    What better way to seal off the outside world than by plonking a dome over it? If an island doesn’t work for your story, maybe a literal or figurative dome will?

  • Bathroom As Horror: Here There Be Tygers by Stephen King

    Bathroom As Horror: Here There Be Tygers by Stephen King

    Toilets are inherently scary. This holds true across cultures, even though different cultures (and even genders) experience public toilets differently. Below I take a look at a short horror story by Stephen King with a few examples of toilet horror by other authors, in which the public bathroom is utilised for storytelling purposes as a […]

  • Stephen King’s The Mist Story Analysis

    Stephen King’s The Mist Story Analysis

    When you encounter mist in real life, what do you recall? Stephen King’s novella? Frank Darabont’s 2007 adaptation of Stephen King’s novella? The 2017 TV series adaptation of Stephen King’s novella?

  • The Sexism Behind Top Ten Lists

    The Sexism Behind Top Ten Lists

    Stephen King’s list of top ten ALL TIME favourite books is doing the rounds, because anything Stephen King has ever said regularly does the rounds. That’s why I’m going to focus on Stephen King as just one example of a wider trend: Men don’t count women among their favourites. STEPHEN KING’S DECLARED FAVOURITE BOOKS 1. The…

  • Stephen King’s IT Storytelling Techniques

    Stephen King’s IT Storytelling Techniques

    IT is a 1986 horror novel by Stephen King, first adapted for screen in 1990, and most recently in 2017. This blog post is about the storytelling of the 2017 film. THE TERRIBLE MONSTER OF IT I liked what one reviewer had to say about IT: The monster in this film is whatever the story…

  • What does Gothic mean in literature?

    What does Gothic mean in literature?

    The Gothic is notoriously difficult to define. This is a type of story in constant flux. Each new literary period adds is own spin. “Gothic” is more like a skin layered upon other genres, most often: horror, romance, science fiction and fantasy. Where does one genre end and the gothic element begin?

  • Twist Endings, Reversals and Reveals In Storytelling

    Reversals and reveals are vital for creating momentum and suspense in a story. Certain genres are required to be more page-turny than others, and all children’s literature must be page-turny. So you’ll find reversals and reveals everywhere in children’s literature.

  • Carrie Storytelling Techniques

    Carrie Storytelling Techniques

    This is a remake of a 1976 movie based on Stephen King’s 1974 (breakout) novel, Carrie. Critics don’t like this new one much. The criticism is mostly that the remake was unnecessary because the first adaptation was so good. The original has a slower, more sinister pace and the main thing the reboot did was…

  • TV Study: Stranger Things (2016)

    TV Study: Stranger Things (2016)

    Stranger Things is a Netflix series created by the brilliantly named ‘Duffer Brothers’, out this year but set in 1983. Though I suspect strong ‘recency bias’, season one scores a very high 9.2 on IMDb. **CONTAINS ALL THE SPOILERS** The show feels like a mixture of Twin Peaks (with the missing kids and small community), Freaks…

  • Menstruation In Fiction

    Menstruation is depicted rarely in fiction. Perhaps you are rattling off half a dozen stories which feature menstruation right now, hoping to prove me wrong. But when you consider the impact of menstruation on lives, and how frequently it occurs, menstruation is heavily underrepresented across storytelling. We need more of it. People going through female…

  • The Magical Life Of Mr Renny by Leo Timmers Picture Book Analysis

    The Magical Life Of Mr Renny by Leo Timmers Picture Book Analysis

    The Magical Life of Mr Renny by Leo Timmers is a modern Magic Paintbrush story in which a central dog character can paint anything he likes. Timmers adds a romantic subplot. PLOT OF THE MAGICAL LIFE OF MR RENNY A ‘starving artist’ (represented by a dog called Renny) can’t sell any paintings at the market.…