Explanation Essay: Thinner
Upper Iowa University
Stephen King is the author of over thirty novels, many short stories, several screenplays and other literature, and has remained on, or at least been a staple on the best seller list. Over his career of writing his literature has gained criticism and praise, depending on who you are asking. Whether or not the novel Thinner is best seller material again would depend on who you inquire with. I will not attempt to say whether or not this novel belonged on the best seller list at the time, but rather just to investigate into what was written and said about it and the author Stephen King.
Stephen King Author of Thinner
Stephen King, author of the novel Thinner, among so many others had been known as bestselling author and also as merely an author of Gothic horror fiction; he has run the gamut of opinions about his work. According to Greg Smith, King “is the bestselling novelist of all time” (2002, p. 332). This is a huge claim to make but is backed up in part by Forbes magazine. According to The Power List in their magazine, Stephen King is number 13 on their all time list, which consists of money, internet hits, press clippings, magazine cover stories and other factors (The Power List, 2001). He is only surpassed at that time by the likes of Tom Cruise, Tiger Woods, The Beatles, Michael Jordan and Oprah Winfrey; at the time of that writing J.K. Rowling, of Harry Potter fame was number 20.
To further back up King’s popularity in Sharon Delmendo’s Consuming Horror: Richard Bachman’s Thinner, Stephen King’s Dark Half, or, Just Desserts, she noted that he had published over thirty novels and many short stories, had written five screenplays and was “a habitual squatter on the New York Times Book Review best sellers list-in short, became a one-man “brand-name” industry” (1996, p. 160). In short she was saying that Stephen King his work, or possibly his name was so recognizable and...
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