The Impact of Stephen King on American Culture “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, sometimes, they win.” Stephen King is one of the most revered authors of the horror genre. He has around 130 works and has sold 350 million copies of his novels, making King very well known especially in pop culture. He also has many books that have been turned into films. His influence on society is clear due to his books’ and movies’ popularity.
Harold Frederic, a journalist for The New York Times praised the story 's originality, saying, "The Red Badge impels the feeling that the actual truth about a battle has never been guessed before" (Merrill). However, not all the reactions were positive: some critics were disturbed by Crane 's young age, disapproved of his poor grammar, and found his gruesome imagery troubling, instead of impressive. The most negative and notorious criticism of the novel came from General Alexander McClurg, who bashed the novel as "a vicious satire upon American soldiers and American armies", further berating Crane 's work for his lack of patriotism (Owens). Ultimately, however, by the following year, Crane 's novel was in eighth place on the international bookseller 's list ("Critical Reception…"). Henceforward, Stephen Crane 's The Red Badge of Courage became one the most famous war novels of
In his novel, Midnight’s children, which he wrote in 1981 has been his booker prize winning novel. The appearance of Midnight 's Children ' in 1981 now stands out as a significant milestone. Midnight’s children are often considered to be one of the greatest novels of the last hundred years. Naturally, he became the prominent figure of Indian writing in English and his brilliant prose has fans throughout the world. The religious and political conflicts faced by him and his family deeply affected Rushdie.
Literature – censorship and banning and Effects of reading “violent” or “obscene” literature During adolescent years, the human mind is susceptible to becoming highly influenced by the knowledge that it acquires and therefore it is quite reasonable that what information it receives is controlled. However, once at reaching maturity in the adult phase, a person can successfully determine for themselves whether to read something and implement it in their life or not. Themes and controversial material – explicit portrayal of violence/sexual themes The dystopian tale of ultra-violence A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess caused the author much discontent as out of the more than fifty works he published during his lifetime, it was the book that achieved the most fame and critical acclaim. His main fear was that he would be remembered as the source of the cult film ‘Clockwork Orange’ by Stanley Kubrick. The title of the book came from the Cockney expression ‘as queer as a clockwork orange’ which meant ‘very queer indeed’.
The Green Mile review Stephen King was born 21 September 1947 in his hometown Portland in USA. Stephen full name is Stephen Edwin king. He goes by the nicknames: King Of Horror or The Master Of Mystery. He is an American author and he has written 64 books until now. “The Stand” is one of his highest ranked books and he has won many prizes for his work.
All readers long for an exciting story; no one wants to read a boring book. Readers want a book that captivates them, rocks them to the core, changes the way they view things. Without a doubt, this is something Ambrose Bierce accomplishes in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” and “Chickamauga.” In modern times, most readers are used to plot twists and expected endings; however, Bierce was one of the first authors to incorporate these into literary works. Because of this, the shock, violence, and gore used in his stories made his stories to become immensely influential at the time of their publication and still remain important literary works today. Shock.
After, Edgar Allan Poe died his rival Rufus Griswold, decided to expose and criticize his work worldwide. But instead he continued Edgar Allan Poe’s fame by making a world wide spread throughout. Inside the article it even proclaims how far horror has come from Edgar Allan Poe by explaining “Today, Poe is recognized as one of the foremost progenitors of modern literature, such as horror and detective fiction, which represent the essential artistic manner of the twentieth century” (Edgar Allen). This bluntly explains how horror is very much included in daily life still continuing in our society and how well people indulge into this theme. Edgar Allen Poe was able to relate common lifestyle to his stories creating people to have some relation towards some of his stories.
Stephen King, one of the most notorious, shocking, controversial, and not to mention, best-selling authors of the 20th and 21st century, had many things to say regarding the estranged novelist Jack Ketchum. More specifically, his novel, “Off Season”: “If you read ‘Off Season’ on Thanksgiving, you probably won’t sleep until Christmas”. This famous quote by King has gone as far as being the headline on the novel’s front cover in most recent editions, mostly due to Ketchum’s cult status among readers; Stephen King’s praise being used as advertisement. Although Ketchum is known primarily for a novel titled, “The Girl Next Door”, vaguely about the torture of an innocent babbysitter, Off Season has been said to be placed second after The Girl Next
It is not easy for a writer to become notorious from his readers due to disquieting theme and simultaneously being praised for his works. Ian McEwan, who is among “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”, is one of them. His writings are unusual and mostly about serious matters that can discomfort the readers. However, it puts them into deep consideration while reading his book. It is no exaggeration to say that Ian McEwan’s literary works have a profound effect on British Literature thanks to his infamous stories yet they leave aftertaste.
In 1985, Patrick Süskind published “Perfume: The story of a murderer”. The book quickly became a popular best-seller, particularly because of its intriguing main character, Grenouille. Within the book, a lot of comparisons are made between Grenouille and Jesus. However, the circumstances in which Grenouille grew up have had a huge impact on the rest of his life, and consequently his personality is nowhere near that of Jesus. By borrowing from the bible and drawing parallels to Jesus’ life and God, Süskind makes the reader think about how certain circumstances can influence one’s life and characterises Grenouille.