Why I Will Always Love Stephen King

Thursday, May 27th, 2010 • 2 Comments on Why I Will Always Love Stephen King

Because no matter what he writes, there is truth at the core.

The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them – words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller, but for want of an understanding ear. —“The Body” (Different Seasons, 1982)


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  • Emerald says:

    This seemed to affect me, more than I think I even realize (I can feel it in my body).  The last sentence especially…I feel like I have related to that.  The fear that what I say, even before I say it, won’t seem understood.  Of course, to me this seems like a reflection in me of not letting go easily…even perhaps of something I want to say—as though I only want to let it out if it is somehow in the exact perfect form to be interpreted exactly the way I see/experience it.  (In feeling nervous about writing my post for F-Stop, I feel like I experienced this to some degree: It wasn’t just that I experienced the subject matter as somewhat difficult but also that the subject felt so “important” to me, if you will, that I felt vulnerable about articulating it effectively.  It seems to me the last sentence he writes above may have had something to do with that.)

    It also for me seems that it may have something to do with perfectionism/the desire for the illusion of control somehow….

    Well, I suppose you didn’t expect such a rambling response from anyone!  smile  I hope you don’t mind this little monologue commentary on your blog….  Thank you for sharing this.


  • Dayna says:

    I read The Body when I was in eighth grade and this quote has been one of my favorites ever since. Have you ever read his book On Writing? So good.

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