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Meet the Guy Who Fact-Checks Stephen King On Stephen King

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the ask-me-anything dept.

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cartechboy writes "Stephen King has sold more than 300 million books of horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. The guy has written so many works, and words, that he actually needs a "continuity adviser" to fact check him when he picks old stories up as a new book. Enter Rocky Wood — who is the world-wide leading expert on Stephen King's work. So much so, that King hired Wood (who has authored a 6000+ page encyclopedia on CD-ROM on every single aspect of King's work — including 26,000 different King characters) to fact check himself when he writes."

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The continuity adviser is not doing his job (-1)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | about a year ago | (#44826783)

Every single new Stephen King book for the past 10 years has been worse than the previous ones. I'd say continuity is not maintained here.

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44826857)

You should read his next book, it's about how Israeli plants high-up in the American government exercise the Sampson option by sending the United States into war with Syria in the Middle-East, only to be stopped by the leader of Russia. It's called Checkmate, available on newsstands today!

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44826889)

Coming soon to a USA near YOU!

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827315)

You're such a sheep, you'll believe anything you hear on the news. It's so convenient isn't it? Obama wants war with Syria, the Juze are making him do it. NSA spys on it's citizens, while working with spy agencies all over he world, its the Juze fault. Blame blame blame the Jews. It's all their fault. Remember the Dinosaurs? THE Juden' caused their extinction. Oh remember Jesus? Darn those Juze of today.

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44828869)

Fuck off.

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (4, Funny)

isorox (205688) | about a year ago | (#44828327)

You should read his next book, it's about how Israeli plants high-up in the American government exercise the Sampson option by sending the United States into war with Syria in the Middle-East, only to be stopped by the leader of Russia. It's called Checkmate, available on newsstands today!

It's like the inverse of a Tom Clancy novel!

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44826869)

I'm not sure you understand what continuity means.

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827311)

I'm not sure you understand what a joke is.

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827483)

I'm not sure.

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827717)

I'm not.

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827753)

I am!

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (2)

ciderbrew (1860166) | about a year ago | (#44827797)

Yes you are.

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44829367)

Perhaps.

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44826873)

Every single new Stephen King book for the past 10 years has been worse than the previous ones.

That's because his more recent work is largely intertextual. You have to read like 10 of his other books (and various literature and poetry by other authors) to understand The Dark Tower.

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827043)

I'm still pissed about that ending. So many years I spent following the series, wasted. Fuck Stephen King.

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (5, Informative)

F.Ultra (1673484) | about a year ago | (#44827137)

It's not like he didn't warn you, but you didn't care for the dire warning at the end did you.

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (4, Interesting)

quadrox (1174915) | about a year ago | (#44827241)

I don't mind the ending so much as I hate the new books in general. Wolves of the Callah was downright awful (I really hated all the Harry Potter and other stuff), the one after that was not much better, and the dark tower finally was actually ok again.

I don't know why, but the first four books are exciting and amazing with a lot of suspense and mystery, and the last three just plain suck compared to that. It's like he figured that he really needed to finish the series and just rushed it. Or after the long break and the car accident he forgot what it was all about - I think he even alluded to this in some interview, I'm very fuzzy on the details though.

No, the end really was ok. It was the only logical ending I guess. But I wish anything between book four and that ending was left unwritten instead.

And in addition to all of this, he decided to mangle the original books with all the jesus crap. Fuck that shit!

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (3, Interesting)

RogueyWon (735973) | about a year ago | (#44827397)

I didn't mind Wolves. In fact, I more or less like The Dark Tower series as a whole. Yes, I've got some reservations (as I have about other long fantasy series - Lord of the Rings, Wheel of Time, Song of Ice and Fire), but as a whole, I'd say that I found more to enjoy than to dislike.

If I had a complaint, it'd be around the way the last two books are cut up. Song of Susannah is a very, very short book (not much more than a pamphlet really) in which not much happens. Then the final books is a vast tome (not much shorter than all three books of LOTR combined) with god knows how many plot threads within it. Even the meta-narrative crap (my least favorite aspect of the series) from book 6 has all of its conclusions pushed into book 7.

It doesn't much matter, now that the whole series is available and if you want to read through it you can do so with no delays. But at the time SoS was released... my word, I was not a happy bunny.

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (2)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#44828487)

I got about a quarter of the way through the first book and then got bored, just couldn't pick it up again.

Are any of the other books better? Or are they just as slow, contrived, and unimaginative? Holy everyone else has done it better, batman.

This is pretty much the experience I have with every Stephen King book except the Stand, the only book he's ever written with any characters I cared about. So maybe he's just not for me.

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (3, Informative)

RogueyWon (735973) | about a year ago | (#44829101)

The first book (The Gunslinger) is terrible. By King's own admission, it's essentially an oversized student essay. When it was around a decade ago reprinted, it had some fairly major changes to make it fit better with the rest of the series. But by and large, it's awful.

Things improve markedly with the second book, which has actual... you know... characters and plot. The third and fourth are excellent, the fifth divides opinion but I like it, the sixth a very short and doesn't do much and the seventh is an epic in its own right.

The ending is infamous and many people hate it. Or rather, the second ending is infamous. There is a break point at which he cuts into the narrative and says "you can stop here". If you stop there, you get a perfectly fine open-ish ending. But nobody ever stops there.

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (3, Informative)

Reapy (688651) | about a year ago | (#44829109)

I honestly thought wizards and glass , something like that, the 3rd book... was the best one. This one really set the tone for the gunslinger, and took place when he was younger and you basically had knights with guns mixed in with a western, I liked it a lot. The others were kinda sorta ok, page turners and some few good select scenes but felt a bit on the wondering side. Book 3 was the one that really stood out to me.

Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (3, Informative)

RabidReindeer (2625839) | about a year ago | (#44828473)

The Dark Tower made me weep for him. Really. It's supposed to be his magnum opus and yet it's so flawed.

King has never been that appealing to me because so much of what I have read of his work (which isn't as much as I should have) has been stuff like recycled Lovecraft, recycled Hitchcock, recycled someone else.

But the Dark Tower has some genuinely brilliant concepts in it. Sadly, they glitter like gems in the mud. Some of the most fascinating and fantastic aspects were never really taken to their conclusions, while a lot of the book read like a bunch of unrelated stories bound together with wattle and daub.

Jake's death in volume 1 made me itch. Then Roland just sits on the beach while crustaceans munch his fingers off. Neither he nor the crustaceans were believable at that point.

By the end of the series, it had degenerated into a mish-mash of throwing in chunks of stuff from his other works, then added insult to injury by writing himself into it. That's a trick that only the most capable of writers can pull off, and sadly, he wasn't one of them.

Then, when it all wrapped up, there were loose ends galore, and it turned out to be just a recycled version of The Never-ending Story.

Best Seller, Book Stuffed with Bull Shit (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44826793)

"Best sellers" are like collectible cards. People collect them because they want to have the complete set, not because the content is any good. The last time King wrote a book worth reading was a decade ago.

Re:Best Seller, Book Stuffed with Bull Shit (2)

M. Baranczak (726671) | about a year ago | (#44826833)

The last time King wrote a book worth reading was a decade ago.

The last time King wrote a book worth reading it wasn't a book, it was a movie directed by Stanley Kubrick, and it was more than ten years ago.

Re:Best Seller, Book Stuffed with Bull Shit (2)

RabidReindeer (2625839) | about a year ago | (#44828497)

The last time King wrote a book worth reading was a decade ago.

The last time King wrote a book worth reading it wasn't a book, it was a movie directed by Stanley Kubrick, and it was more than ten years ago.

Milk the blood flowing out of the elevators scene until it it makes you want to scream ("Not AGAIN!"). The ballroom shocker was straight out of 1950's Vincent Price shlock. and the "Red Rum" thing was just plain deja vu.

If you want a King movie worth watching, I'd vote for Shawshank any day.

Re:Best Seller, Book Stuffed with Bull Shit (1)

Tolkienfanatic (1111661) | about a year ago | (#44829349)

You realize that movie is garbage, right?

Re:Best Seller, Book Stuffed with Bull Shit (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44826947)

The last time King wrote a book himself was 1980. Since then he's employed ghost writers.

Re:Best Seller, Book Stuffed with Bull Shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44828451)

King sucks, I can't stand anything he writes and he's a jerk to boot. He's been overrated for years and stole some of his ideas from old radio show stories.

from the wired article: (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | about a year ago | (#44826805)

If the task sounds daunting, the truth is even worse. Wood is working on another book about King, but in 2010 he learned he had Lou Gehrig’s disease, and 80 percent of patients die within five years of diagnosis.

dude's life is horror, all around

Re:from the wired article: (2)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about a year ago | (#44826827)

Reminder to self: stick to day job, do not follow dreams of becoming writer. In event of success, death before 70th birthday due to disease is certain.

Re:from the wired article: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827123)

Yet the © lasts until 70 years after death...

Re:from the wired article: (2)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about a year ago | (#44827439)

Perhaps it wouldn't be so extreme if writers were better at not dying prematurely.

Re:from the wired article: (3, Insightful)

RabidReindeer (2625839) | about a year ago | (#44828517)

Reminder to self: stick to day job, do not follow dreams of becoming writer. In event of success, death before 70th birthday due to disease is certain.

Write SF, then. Arthur C. Clarke. Isaac Asimov. Fred Pohl. Jack Vance. Andre Norton.

Re:from the wired article: (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year ago | (#44826853)

He also got hit by a car while out walking a few years back. Tough stuff.

Re:from the wired article: (3, Informative)

Paradise Pete (33184) | about a year ago | (#44826949)

That's the wrong 'he". It's Rocky Wood who has the disease. (Unless of course you mean Wood was also hit by a car.)

Re:from the wired article: (5, Funny)

drkim (1559875) | about a year ago | (#44827523)

Woods was actually the one who rescued King after the car crash, and even took King home to recover in his house; but he was already a huge fan.

King had to give him the 'continuity job' or Wood would have cut off his foot with an axe.

He should be replaced (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44826815)

The quality of "fact checking" done on his anti-gun book was atrocious.

I sense an opportunity (5, Funny)

djupedal (584558) | about a year ago | (#44826819)

I need to become the world-wide leading expert on Rocky Wood's body of work...

Re:I sense an opportunity (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827203)

still sucking cocks, i see.

Re:I sense an opportunity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827221)

Mod parent up.

Re:I sense an opportunity (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827339)

As somebody who spends 3 seconds half-reading the summary, I Google searched Rocky Woods hoping that that was some kind lady's adult film stage name.

Nope.

Re:I sense an opportunity (2)

zAPPzAPP (1207370) | about a year ago | (#44828397)

'Hard as Rock Wood' makes you think of a lady?

Re:I sense an opportunity (1)

Phrogman (80473) | about a year ago | (#44829867)

How about Rocky Wood as in "She likes to Rock The Wood" or something.

Off topic, I'm sorry... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44826855)

...but this is the first time I've read or heard the term "CD-ROM" this decade. Really? If it was published on CD-ROM, wouldn't it be horribly out of date by now?

Re: Off topic, I'm sorry... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827297)

Well it wouldn't be out of date because the single books would never change so the facts would still be right

Re:Off topic, I'm sorry... (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about a year ago | (#44828619)

CD-ROMs work in normal computer drives, and are what is often used if your content is of that size.

Join the revolution.. See the FUTURE! (3, Insightful)

sjwt (161428) | about a year ago | (#44826861)

And here was I thinking that this is what Wikis are for

Re:Join the revolution.. See the FUTURE! (2)

LostMonk (1839248) | about a year ago | (#44827133)

You do know that Wikis do not update themselves... right?

Re:Join the revolution.. See the FUTURE! (1)

sjwt (161428) | about a year ago | (#44827947)

No, but Fan kids do, and will often collectively put in much more effort than 10 paid full time fact checkers.

Re:Join the revolution.. See the FUTURE! (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year ago | (#44829333)

Yes, 10 times the work from one guy, the other 10,000 will give you crap they don't even known about ... and a billion times the opinion and personal bias. Perhaps you've heard of wikipedia and its well known problems.

You people really need to get it through your head that you need to pay people for quality less-biased work.

Re:Join the revolution.. See the FUTURE! (2)

DerekLyons (302214) | about a year ago | (#44828075)

Somebody has to write the content for the wiki and create all the links - it doesn't happen all on it's own. And few wiki's, even fannish ones, are down to the level of detail described in the article.

Re:Join the revolution.. See the FUTURE! (1)

chrismcb (983081) | about a year ago | (#44828927)

I would guess you want your new book to be fact checked BEFORE you published it.

Fact (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44826879)

I am the KING of comments. -Richard Bachman

Somebody had to say it... (4, Interesting)

John Pfeiffer (454131) | about a year ago | (#44826903)

High-functioning autism as a career path? Heh.

If you can't beat them (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44826919)

See, this is exactly what celebrities need to do. Don't antagonize and arrest your stalkers, employ them!

Re:If you can't beat them (3, Funny)

LittleBigScript (618162) | about a year ago | (#44827643)

Misery loves company. And hammers.

Re:If you can't beat them (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827807)

And Stephen King, he really likes hammers. Sledghammers.

Re:If you can't beat them (2)

_Shad0w_ (127912) | about a year ago | (#44827843)

Looking at Wood's own Wikipedia entry it would seem he's actually a horror writer in his own right, as well as an extremely active member of the HWA (he's been president of it for four years, and was a trustee for two years before that). Apparently he was also a member of the Australian Logistics Council...which seems a bit weird.

Re:If you can't beat them (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year ago | (#44829343)

Heh, having had to develop code for some logistics systems ... Horror is very fitting.

Re:If you can't beat them (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44829309)

That didn't exactly pan out for Spanish singer "Selena" very well... Google it

See (4, Funny)

Anarchduke (1551707) | about a year ago | (#44826933)

And they said being an obsessive stalker would never pay off!

Re:See (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827307)

Stalker? Isn't this why there are PH.Ds with anything that is recorded? You focus on a specific topic, whether it is Heidegger, Thoreau or King...There are so many lit students that someone has taken the time to really stink into the work of Steven King. The summary doesn't say much about Rocky Woods, but I'm sure he's just a smart guy who loves books.

You know who else who would have needed such help? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827053)

George Costanza. His webs of lies were so twisted that even he must have had a hard time keeping track of them all.

On a totally unrelated note, I don't envy Larry David.

Re:You know who else who would have needed such he (1)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about a year ago | (#44827245)

George Costanza. His webs of lies were so twisted that even he must have had a hard time keeping track of them all.

And Walter White for sure!

Not a "fact check" (1)

mr100percent (57156) | about a year ago | (#44827087)

Continuity checking "Fact checking"

Re:Not a "fact check" (2)

mr100percent (57156) | about a year ago | (#44827095)

I did write "" (the unequal sign), does slashdot not process symbols?

Fine, Continuity checking != "Fact checking"

Re:Not a "fact check" (3, Informative)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#44828467)

Slashdot does not and has never processed unicode.

Yes, this is inexcusable. No, it will probably never change.

Re:Not a "fact check" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827205)

Since the word "fact" comes from "facere"(which means "to do"), you can indeed call this a fact check:

he checks everything that has been done by King ;)

26k characters? (1)

Radagast (2416) | about a year ago | (#44827103)

How are there 26 thousand characters in King's work? He's written 56 novels, which is a lot, and a bunch of short work, but still, if half those characters are from his novels, that's 232 characters per novel. He'd need to introduce a new one every few pages, constantly, throughout the novel. Unless this counts people who are just mentioned once in passing, crowds, and whatnot, I have a hard time believing that.

Re:26k characters? (2)

kylemonger (686302) | about a year ago | (#44827233)

You forgot about the short fiction. And King, well, he writes and writes and writes and writes. He's been so successful for so long that I doubt any editor has had the stones to cut his work for at least a decade. Maybe two. As much as I enjoyed his early work I stopped reading King because there were better books out there written with many fewer pages.

Re:26k characters? (3, Funny)

_Ludwig (86077) | about a year ago | (#44827319)

Randall Flagg from The Stand and The Dark Tower series is suggested to be the demon(s) Legion that Jesus exorcised into a herd of pigs which subsequently ran off a cliff into the sea.

“My name is Legion, for we are many.” - Mark 5:9

So that could account for a whole shitload of characters in just that one guy.

Re:26k characters? (1)

RogueyWon (735973) | about a year ago | (#44827371)

I don't find 26k characters hard to believe, expecially not if you take the short stories into account. Yes, it probably takes minor characters into account, but King's books do feature an insane number of those (cf. IT or the extended version of The Stand) and quite a number of them have small plot-threads of their own, or show up in multiple books (lots of minor-character cameos in the Dark Tower series).

I find it hard to believe too, but then... (1)

QilessQi (2044624) | about a year ago | (#44830027)

I write solely in ASCII, so I'll never have more than 127 characters. :-(

Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827395)

Wow. Rocky Wood must be a veritable encyclopedia of disappointing book endings.

And his next book is about... uh... (3, Funny)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year ago | (#44827437)

...a lamp monster! Ooo-oooh! [youtube.com]

Re:And his next book is about... uh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827533)

Considering you're likely too stupid to read a book, it doesn't surprise me that you have a moronic comment.

Noot interested (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827469)

not because he is awful or such but Stephen King is awful.

300 million books, each unique (1)

JavaRob (28971) | about a year ago | (#44827583)

Why does this lead in with "Stephen King has sold more than 300 million books of horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy" -- sure, he's been a popular author, but the relevant info would be how many books he has *written*, no? How many *words* would be interesting to learn.

But if he wrote one book and sold 300 million copies, I doubt he'd need a continuity adviser.

Re:300 million books, each unique (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827751)

Why does this lead in with "Stephen King has sold more than 300 million books of horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy" -- sure, he's been a popular author, but the relevant info would be how many books he has *written*, no? How many *words* would be interesting to learn.

But if he wrote one book and sold 300 million copies, I doubt he'd need a continuity adviser.

Well, the bible sold a lot of copies, and though it's just one book - its writers *definitely* needed a continuity advisor, and the lack of one is clearly evident in the bible.

Re:300 million books, each unique (2)

BetterThanCaesar (625636) | about a year ago | (#44828169)

Well, the bible sold a lot of copies, and though it's just one book - its writers *definitely* needed a continuity advisor, and the lack of one is clearly evident in the bible.

The Bible is not one book. It's a compilation of several books.

Re:300 million books, each unique (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44828441)

Well, more like a collection of short stories and novellas - and some letters.

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novella#Awards_word_counts Novellas go up to fourty thousand words and most of the Bibles "books" are a whole lot shorter. Genesis (not the band :-)) is among the longest with 38k words, while Jonah has 1320. The "book" 3John only has 294 words - fitting, because it's not a book but a letter. All of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are in the 15k to 25k words range.
(All values taken from http://www.biblebelievers.com/believers-org/kjv-stats.html and differ a bit depending on translation and language)

On the other hand every one of the six parts (plus addendum) of "The Lord of The Ring" is longer than the longest "book" of the bible, but no one thinks of these as "books" of the complete LOTR.

Re:300 million books, each unique (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about a year ago | (#44828653)

What? The six parts of the LOTR are books. You can even buy them separately, I believe.

Re:300 million books, each unique (1)

Politburo (640618) | about a year ago | (#44829023)

Even though Tolkien calls the 6 parts "books", he actually considered the work to be one volume of a whole, made up of LOTR + Silmarillion. That was rejected, and LOTR was published as 3 volumes to keep the cost down (e.g. the tendency of people to be willing to pay 3*$5 for three average-size books but not 1*$15 for one large one).

Being a Stephen King fact checker is easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44827733)

99% of the time if Stephen King asks his fact checker where part of a story takes place, where a character has come from, or what profession the main protagonist was the answer will be "In Maine" and "an author".

Ghostwriters? (1)

aaaaaaargh! (1150173) | about a year ago | (#44827763)

I always thought that guys like Stephen King or Tom Clancy have their books written by a couple of ghostwriters and in the end only make a few corrections and put their approval stamp on it. Not that I have anything against that, publishing is a business... but I wonder whether I'm right or wrong?

Any professional ghostwriters among the /. crowd?

Re:Ghostwriters? (1)

abigsmurf (919188) | about a year ago | (#44827901)

King's works are probably heavily trimmed and re-arranged by editors but normally ghostwritten books by established authors stick out like a sore thumb as differences in writing style are too obvious. It's not as easy as creating a book where the main character is a recovering alcoholic writer from Maine.

For example the last Discworld novel really stood out to me as being ghostwritten. For one thing, it was far too respectful of long established characters (if you're a ghostwriter you may not won't to do anything major with someone else's characters) but what really stood out was something tiny and simple: One of the characters casually used a swearword that you never see in Discworld novels (Pratchett has always been PG in his approach to language). It's more understandable with him though given his embuggerance.

Still, his daughter is officially taking the reigns of the series and she's shown herself to be a good writer in her own right.

Re:Ghostwriters? (1)

stasike (1063564) | about a year ago | (#44828831)

Are you sure you are not confusing King with Patterson? ;-)

Re:Ghostwriters? (1)

chrismcb (983081) | about a year ago | (#44828959)

Why would you think that? King and Clancy don't "produce" their books.

The Dark Tower (1)

abigsmurf (919188) | about a year ago | (#44827879)

Presumably he was on holiday when King finished the Dark Tower and crapped on a lot of the stuff from Insomnia...

Is that a good idea? (2)

nospam007 (722110) | about a year ago | (#44828383)

I remember one of his books where an author got some problems with his 'Number One Fan'.

Re:Is that a good idea? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44829255)

If you read his book "On Writing" [amazon.com] , you'll see how his being hit by a car was part of his inspiration for the book. By the way, "On Writing" is a really good book, the first 3/4 or so are about his persistence and backstory on his becoming a writer. The last 1/4 is effectively how he prepares to write, what he calls his toolbox. Fortunately, it's not quite as verbose as some of his work, it weighs in at ~150 pages. There's apparently a 10th anniversary edition of the book that doubles the pages.

Fact check fiction? (1)

backslashdot (95548) | about a year ago | (#44828431)

What do you mean fact check? It's all fiction. None of it is fact.

Fail.

Not unusual at all... (2)

evilviper (135110) | about a year ago | (#44828485)

This kind of thing is quite common. George R. R. Martin of "Game of Thrones" / A Game of Fire and Ice infamy, recently talked about the obsessed fan he calls and asks to fact-check what he is writing, specifically to verify details about characters, rather than continuing to get things like "eye color" wrong, and accidentally changing the gender of a horse between books... etc.

http://teamcoco.com/celebs/george-r-r-martin [teamcoco.com]

Re:Not unusual at all... (1)

evilviper (135110) | about a year ago | (#44828511)

http://teamcoco.com/video/george-r-r-martin-writing-fast [teamcoco.com]

Transcript:

CONAN: Do you ever have trouble keeping it all straight as the guy who is writing this?
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN: Occasionally, yes.
I have a guy in Sweden that I call, not one of Alexander's nude polar bear writers, but he is actually an American fan who lives in Sweden and they run the website.
They know the world better than I do.
Occasionally when I'm stuck on something, I call them up and say what color eyes did this guy have?
Was that his nephew or cousin?
He has it all.
CONAN: He can tell you right away?
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN: That's right.
CONAN: You made mistakes that these fans have caught, is that right?
Over the books, there are inconsistencies?
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN: I'm terrible with eye color.
Some had blue eyes and then green eyes.
Fans noticed this, I get tons of letters.
A horse changed sex between the first book and the second book.
I'm not good with horses.
CONAN: That happens.
It's legal.
[Laughter]

http://teamcoco.com/video/george-r-r-martin-writing-fast [teamcoco.com]

Re:Not unusual at all... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44829147)

"His name is Susan and he expects you to respect his life choices." https://www.facebook.com/AHorseNamedSusan

Fact check Stephen King (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44828949)

So when in fact did he die? I have seen it reported in this blog many times...

Truly an American Icon

Writes about writers (2)

Russ1642 (1087959) | about a year ago | (#44829433)

It's so annoying to always have the protagonist be a writer. It's self-aggrandizing that an author always puts himself as one of the main characters.

Re:Writes about writers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44829957)

You mean, it has something of this? Not following the Get-Over-Yourself rule?
http://learnfromwebcomics.tumblr.com/post/16967474159/lesson-thirteen

Stephen King is Dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44829647)

Hey all. I just heard some sad news on NPR talk radio. Bestselling horror/sci-fi author Stephen King was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure many of us will miss him. Even if you don't enjoy his work, there's no denying his impact on popular culture. Truly an American icon.

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