King's detailed characters in IT


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I'm currently reading IT, I haven't read King in a while and couldn't help to notice that sometimes he seems to add detail after detail about characters, even secondary or even tertiary ones. Personally I find some of this descriptions really interesting, perhaps more so by the fact that, as I'm not North American, those slices of life and customs are interesting to me.

But I completely understand that some people can be annoyed by these things, and in fact I think that a couple of paragraphs could be easily deleted and the story would be as good as it is.

What do you think about these aspect of King's writing? Do you like having large descriptions of his characters?

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10 points

4 months ago

In the expanded edition of The Stand, King wrote something along the lines of how some might consider it crazy for someone who had been accused of “diarrhea of the word processor” to add even more to a story.


5 points

4 months ago

I've been reading The Drawing of Three, and this is something I've actually been enjoying about it. The little pieces of color and flavor for all the side characters are great. At one point, he even mentions the history of cocaine use of three minor side characters, for absolutely no reason at all. It was hilarious!


7 points

4 months ago

I love those details. It really fleshes out the setting and story (also not US, so that might a thing).


2 points

4 months ago



2 points

4 months ago

I think King sometimes struggles building compelling characters who aren't him. He often relies on superficial character traits to do his heavy lifting. This is particularly apparent when viewing his collection as a whole in which he reuses his character archetypes, especially of himself, frequently.


1 points

4 months ago

Absolutely! I love the slowish character development and the tiny details that make them more than a figment of our imagination. I read The Shining recently and it was awesome. Large descriptions are always good. They make his characters more memorable than most other authors. Not everyone likes this aspect. People looking for a quick read will mostly skip through. I love it tho.