The news story I found is a very exciting one for the literary world – Stephen King has finally written a sequel to one of his greatest stories, The Shining. His new book, Doctor Sleep, is now available to Danny Torrance fans everywhere. I found several websites, news sources, and videos spreading the news with horrific enthusiasm.
YAHOO! News covered the story in their article, “Stephen King returns with sequel to The Shining” released on November 15, 2013. The article is more like an interview with King himself. It talks about how King normally does not write sequels to his books, but for some reason, King could not get the character Danny Torrance out of his head. King also talks about the challenge of writing this sequel thirty six years after the release of The Shining. He knew most of the original readers of The Shining have grown up and are now a very different audience than they were years ago. He had to find a way to scare them as the older adults that they have become. His solution is all about the human aspect. Making people like his characters is how he gets them afraid of what may happen to them.
The YAHOO! story takes on lots of different topics, from what the new book is all about, to how King comes up with his ideas and stories. It also talks about his own struggle with alcohol and what he does and does not want people to take from this book. It is a great insight into the mind of one of our most popular authors. The interview is optimistic and helpful for writers to see just how one of the greats comes up with new and original story ideas.
I interpret these interviews and news clips to be a great way in promoting King’s newest works. It will remind readers that already love King, to purchase this book and get reading. It might even motivate new readers to pick up The Shining and read it before diving into Doctor Sleep. It also encourages writers to be more aware of their surroundings because you never know when an idea could strike.
My evaluation of all three of these media sources is that they are all a great way to get people interested and excited to read the new book. It is only positive with great information and motivation for readers and writers alike. The fact that King shared so much about his own struggle with alcohol just proves that even with huge obstacles it is possible to take a great idea and make it into the next big thing. It is also fun to learn about King’s process in writing both books.
The YouTube video is called, “Stephen King Promotes sequel to The Shining“, and it is a press release and interview from Stephen King himself. He talks about his own struggle with alcohol and how both of the main characters in The Shining and in Doctor Sleep struggle with alcoholism as well. He points out that he does not want this to be about alcoholism, it is simply an aspect of his story.
My final source is from the Stephen King website and includes an excerpt from Doctor Sleep. After reading the excerpt I ordered my Kindle copy and plan on reading it over winter break!
There are not too many differences between the YAHOO! story and the YouTube video. They are both interviews from King himself talking about The Shining and Doctor Sleep. They both talk about alcoholism and his characters, and about his love for his character Danny Torrance. The King website is a bit different, it highlights the book, not King, and it features ways to purchase the book. I feel like the YAHOO! story gives the most complete coverage to the story, but that is mostly because I would rather read than watch a video any day. However, the King website is what motivated me to purchase the book.
This news story matters because it is so easy to miss out on great books simply because we do not even know they exist. When major news sources feature authors and new books, we all win – both readers and writers. It is important for avid readers and authors, even up and coming ones, to support other authors and their books. The more publicity authors get, the more people read! And the more people read, the bigger the need is for great writers.
This story is also important because it points out how King finds motivation in coming up with great story ideas. If we want to become successful authors one day, it is important to copy the things that work for great authors. One website that is very helpful with this idea is Write to done. It has a great article called, “Learn from the Greats: 7 Writing Habits of Amazing Writers.” This article has a lot of great information about how the really great authors work. Knowing this information does not have to change everything about how we write, but it can give us some good tips in becoming great one day! I encourage anyone with a goal of becoming a successful author to visit this website.
The main thing to learn about this article is that it does not matter if you are a fairly new author with an alcohol problem or an older author in pretty good health and a successful career under your belt. As long as you have a great idea and a plan to put it in writing, anything is possible.
Our next step is to visit the Stephen King Message Board website and beg King to make sure Doctor Sleep is made into a movie! We have to have the sequel to our book collection and our movie collection after all!