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    Quote Originally Posted by Stargazer
    Well, to be honest, I think he has a problem with weak endings even with his books. He always build up this incredible tension and suspense and then just can't live up to the the hype.
    Absolutely! I've thought this about his work, as well. I've only read a couple of his works, but I've been uniformly disappointed in his endings. It's as if he just writes and writes and writes and when he gets tired, he just ends it. All the buildup typically fizzles harmlessly. It's a shame.
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    After Shawshank my favorite Stephen King movie was The Green Mile. Loved that movie. Didn't care for Hearts in Atlantis, it was just ok. Misery and Apt Pupil were pretty good. Stand by Me was excellent. His horror movies never do much for me, but I'm not a fan of the genre (although IT is the one book of his that I will always remember as giving me nightmares... great book)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stargazer
    I have to agree about many of them being weak. I remember "It" scaring the living crap out of me until they showed the spider at the end. Then I burst out in laughter......
    Yes! The clown was so much scarier with his voice and teeth.

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    I remember the beginning of "IT" where the clown in the sewer lured poor Georgie.

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    Credit the genius of Tim Curry for the success of Pennywise the Clown in IT. I can't imagine another actor pulling it off as well.
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    Years are years ago, I read Thinner and actually rather liked it, even though it was a bit hokey as some of his books are imo.
    The movie of the book was really dreadful though, I thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texicana
    Credit the genius of Tim Curry for the success of Pennywise the Clown in IT. I can't imagine another actor pulling it off as well.
    Was that Tim Curry? I don't think I knew that. Thanks.

    I agree with several of you; King's books often seem to end weakly -- even, or especially, those that are for the most part so strong I guess they make the endings weak by comparison. I also think the movie versions of his books seem to usually be awesome if it's a non-horror story (like Stand by Me, Shawshank Redemption or The Green Mile) but unimpressive when it is a horror story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fluff
    Years are years ago, I read Thinner and actually rather liked it, even though it was a bit hokey as some of his books are imo.
    The movie of the book was really dreadful though, I thought.
    I enjoyed Thinner too. The premise sounded strange but the story was so good. Would anyone like a slice of pie? I heard that the movie sucked, plus the Gypsy community protested against it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucy
    I agree with several of you; King's books often seem to end weakly -- even, or especially, those that are for the most part so strong I guess they make the endings weak by comparison.
    I have the same problem with SK's books! It often seems that he is at a loss as to how to bring his tale to a conclusion, and we're presented with things like the giant spider's neat in "It" which just made me go !
    I have another small problem with Stephen King... he sometimes uses the quotes from old songs, or little repetitive quotes that a character hears in his head, to the point of distraction. Still, fun to read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by queenb
    I have another small problem with Stephen King... he sometimes uses the quotes from old songs, or little repetitive quotes that a character hears in his head, to the point of distraction. Still, fun to read.

    Yes!!! I thought I was the only one bugged by that I only noticed that in one or two of his books, but I found it a bit annoying.
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