Peope don't understand reading either,in my circumstance..have by no means a large library,but at least three or four hundred hard copies..and have given away twice that over the years.Why is it odd that people read?Before television,it was read or play whatever game was in fashion till lights out..How do you increase your knowledge,verbal comprehension,just flat out enjoy the world you cannot reach without it? People today surf the net and that has reallyincreased their knowledge but the real details,to me at least,is in the written word..mystifying that some seem to hold book reading as a waste of time,or an oddity..just don't get that kind of thinking..
I've seen copies of Stephen King's stories on the shelves of my customers, although when I've asked who is the King fan, the person I ask has usually replied, oh, that's so-and-so...and only a couple times have I suspected that the fan was right there, in front of me and I didn't press them on it. I haven't asked everyone...but I thought it was interesting, the times when only one title was on the shelf...Hearts...in the case of what I'll call a couple of old hippies. They were the right age. Word gets around, I believe, one way or another.
...I actually have gotten my wife somewhat interested in King...which is really neat...joint discussions, instead of me blathering on...
To be fair people notice the King books on a bookshelf because there's so many of them. If Harper Lee was your favourite novelist no-one would notice from seeing your bookshelf. If I entered someones home and they had all 723 novels by Barbara Cartland I would be filled with an insurpressable urge to say "Oh! Someone likes Barbara Cartland!"
I would never let anyone borrow one of my books. I am so weird about my books. It's like letting someone borrow my kids for the week. (I'd be more inclined to the second idea more so than the first.)
I have a wonderful wall of books, all sorts of books. But, my King books stand out I'm sure. No one has ever asked me about them. I live deep deep in Republican/Religious country. I always get the feeling that after looking at my book case, the people who see my books feel lucky to make it out of my house alive because of course, anyone who likes stephen king must be running a torture dungeon in the crawlspace.