You know what I really love? Reading.

Hunter Taylor, Reporter

You know what I really love? Reading. Especially Stephen King books. I have read over thirty and own a little over forty-two. And if you didn’t know, Stephen King writes other types of books. He doesn’t just write Horror books, although that is the genre he is know for. He has written mystery, fantasy, and has even written nonfiction books too. He has written at least 87 books. He has published 61 Novels, 5 nonfiction books, and has over 200 short stories that were published in book collections.

And if it wasn’t for his wife, he probably never would have become the success he is today. He started to write the first novel that he published in 1973, it was called Carrie. He sat down in his chair, leaning over his typewriter, and started clacking away. A few chapters in, he gave up and thought it wasn’t very good. So, he crumpled them up and threw it away. His wife looked into the bin by the desk and grabbed the crumpled up papers, unraveled them, and read it. She came up to him, tapped him on the shoulder, and said “I think you’ve got something here.” So he continued the story, and attempted to get it published. When the novel was accepted, an editor named William Thompson (who would become great friends with King in the future) sent a telegram to his house which read “Carrie Officially A Doubleday Book. $2,500 Advance Against Royalties. Congrats Kid. The future lies Ahead – Bill”

And from there he began a life-long career. Some of his more famous stories are Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Misery, Cujo, Pet Sematary, and IT. Each of them have a movie. There was an original in 1990. But most people these days know about the new movies IT (2017) and IT: Chapter Two (2019). But being that I am writing mostly about books, you can infer that I like the books better than the movies. Since I brought up the topic of movies based off of his books, there are a few some people I have met and talked to, had no idea were Stephen King stories. For example the movie “The Shawshank Redemption” was based off of his novella “Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption.” There is the movie “Stand by Me,” which was based off of his novella “The Body.” There are even movie directors today that were so inspired by his stories they fight over the rights and try to make movies based on his other books.

So in conclusion, one thing I really love is Stephen King books. And if you decide to ever read one of his stories I bet that… YOU’LL FLOAT TOO!