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Facebook users have apparently been participating in a trending status update that asks readers to list the ten books that have stayed with them. Facebook compiled the data submitted and came up with 100 books that top the list. Holding the #1 spot is J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. That's followed by To Kill A Mockingbird, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Who's the real horror lord? Edgar Allan Poe will tell you he is. At least, the Poe represented in the latest Epic Rap Battle video. The famed author and poet faced off against "Stephen King" in the new Epic Rap Battle, and I may be biased, but I think King came out on top. Or maybe the Raven did.
With over sixty novels, and countless characters, Stephen King has created the imaginary worlds of our lives. So much of modern make believe is informed by King’s creations, and invariably we are affected by these scribblings of words on paper. The fake men and women who are tested remain with us long after we close the book.
The setting of a great book can prove to be just as memorable and relevant as anything else in the story. So when we consider the most famous book set in every state, it's actually not all that difficult to guess some of them. For example, Maine would probably be something Stephen King, right? And if you guessed The Great Gatsby for New York, you'd be correct. What about good-old Washington? I'll give you a hint: Think vampires.
If ever there was a book and miniseries to celebrate the creepiness of clowns, it's Stephen King's It. In the scary New England-set novel, a clown named Pennywise was lurking around the sewers, occasionally snatching children and brutally murdering them. If such a thing as clown fear really exists (see: coulrophobia), it may be fair to blame at least some of the condition on Stephen King...
Many readers may have started consuming their books in different ways over the past few years, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still shelling out money for their favorites. In fact, the last year has treated the authors at the top of the food chain extremely well, most overtly newcomer E.L. James whose 50 Shades books netted her an astounding haul between June 2012 and June 2013.
It, for example, takes place in two time periods, with the present being the (at the time) modern-day setting of the mid-80's, and the flashbacks taking us back to the late fifties when the characters were just coming to find one another as children. The relevance of the years in which the flashbacks takes place runs deeper than merely setting the characters' ages. King makes good use of the time period, in painting an elaborate picture of what the fictional town of Derry was like during the late '50's, and using the backdrop to help develop the characters.
Have you been like King, wondering just what happened to little Danny Torrance, the boy with the Shining? He had a pretty rough go of it at the Overlook Hotel, with the whole father trying to kill him thing. Apparently, in the new novel, Dr. Sleep, Danny is now 40 years old, and using his powers to help hospice patients peacefully cross over. But then things get a little wild when some bad people show up.