Re: What do I tell people who say Stephen King's are scary and (get this) morally fil
Originally Posted by Autumn Gust
My husband's one of those who doesn't read Stephen King. It's not so much that he doesn't like his writing-- it's more like "life is short so I will only read books that I find most satisfying." He says the classics give him a bigger pay back for his time-- Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Hemmingway, etc... I know he respects Mr. King even though he doesn't read his books. Also, he's a good sport listening to me go on about them all the time.
Yer hubby is an exception to a rule, I think. It occurs to me that, with the exception of the literary elitist snobs, it's conceivable that 100% of people who criticize sK have never read a word he's written. They're just assuming something and don't know whereof they criticize. I think the smartest thing to say to his critics, including the snobs, is that the great artists are never truly appreciated in their own time.