Alright, we've finally got an updated version of my top 10 most popular Stephen King books. The last time I wrote an article my favorite 10 Best Stephen King Books for Beginners, that I've read so far. I've read around 45 of Stephen King's books.
These are the most popular Stephen King books in order that all true Constant Readers should be familiar with. For this list, we’ll be looking at the most popular books of Stephen King from “Pet Sematary”, to “The Dead Zone”, and “The Green Mile”. Reading and Thinking.com counts down the top 10 most popular Stephen King novels of all time.
As part of my series of articles allowing you to get to know me a little better, I'm sticking my neck on the line and counting down and ranking my personal top 10 best Stephen King books of all time.
How does my list compare to yours? Do you agree with me? or Disagree?
Friends who like to watch thriller and suspense novels or film and television works must not avoid Stephen King. Even if you haven't read his works, you must have seen movies adapted from his works-"Shawshank's Redemption", "The Shining", "Witch Carrie", and "Ten Days of Danger"... are all very classic luminaries.
Compared with the traditional story structure, Stephen King's writings do not have the illogical nature of evil things but pay more attention to the observation and strict deduction of human nature. In his story, the character's face is clear, and as the story develops, the protagonist's mentality changes are clearly visible.
He is very good at constructing a very realistic world and allows the characters living in this world to have ample reasons and time for psychological evolution, and finally gives readers a strong sense of substitution.
Stephen King’s writing style inherits the great tradition of American literature of paying attention to plot and atmosphere and reflects the beautiful and tragic moral truth deep in the human soul. It is not so much that he is writing stories, it is better to say that he is using stories to explore the root of human nature.
Today, we compiled some entry-level works for the family. Let us step into the suspenseful world constructed by Stephen King.
A-List of Most Popular Stephen King Novels Rated from Best to Worst
1. Dreamcatcher: A Novel
Once upon a time, in the haunted city of Derry, four boys stood together and did a brave thing. It was something that changed them in ways they could never begin to understand. Dreamcatcher Twenty-five years after saving a Down's syndrome kid from bullies, Beav, Henry, Pete, and Jonesy - now men with separate lives and separate problems - reunite in the woods of Maine for their annual hunting trip.
But when a stranger stumbles into their camp, disoriented and mumbling something about lights in the sky, chaos erupts. Soon, the four friends are plunged into a horrifying struggle with a creature from another world where their only chance of survival is locked in their shared past - and in the Dreamcatcher.
Never before has Stephen King contended so frankly with the heart of darkness. "Dreamcatcher, "his first full-length novel since "Bag of Bones, "is a powerful story of astonishing range that will satisfy fans both new and old.
To find the fast pace of ordinary thriller novels in this thick novel, I am afraid I will be disappointed. Under the fine description and slow rhythm, it shows the delicate style of contemporary excellent American novels.
The intricate psychological depiction of characters The interweaving of the past and present of inner activities, and the continuous flashback of childhood memories, make this novel go beyond the plot of flatness and completeness and obtain profound and moving power. The whole structure is also swaying and full of surprises and dreams.
2. The Stand
Finally finished reading the original work of The Stand, and let out a long sigh! It's really a work of God, it looks like Lord Jin's favorite "Lord of the Flies". Both the character portrayal from a young age, or the viewpoints and reflections on history, politics, and religion from a larger perspective are epic-level excitement.
History is the scars of mankind's repeated past sins. Larry Underwood is not one of my favorite Golden Lord characters, I really love him too much, crying, words can't describe.
Stephen King is really good at writing. In the beginning, there are really many characters, and multiple lines are interspersed. Later, the plot gradually emerges, and multiple main characters come together because of the same dream.
To be honest, this book is not as horrible as imagined, but some scenes are described as a bit bloody and violent, and they are particularly graphic.
The full version is really long. Read it for three months. The first half of the first and second volumes are better written and have practical significance. The third part is a bit unfinished, but the master's skill is still there, so even if the end is a bit sloppy, it is still okay.
The text should not express too many "fighting" scenes, but rather render a kind of fear. Awe and reflection on some things are very important. However, this book has been written for more than 20 years, but people on earth seem to have learned nothing from it. A book that is very forward-looking and predictable, showing the roots of human inferiority.
3. The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three
Beginning with a short story appearing in "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction" in 1978, the publication of Stephen King's epic work of fantasy-what he considers to be a single long novel and his magnum opus-has spanned a quarter of a century.
Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, "The Dark Tower" series is King's most visionary feat of storytelling, a magical mix of science fiction, fantasy, and horror that may well be his crowning achievement.
In November 2003, the fifth installment, "Wolves of the Calla," will be published under the imprint of Donald M. Grant, with distribution and major promotion provided by Scribner. "Song of Susannah," Book VI, and "The Dark Tower," Book VII, will follow under the same arrangement in 2004.
With these last three volumes finally on the horizon, readers-countless King readers who have yet to delve into "The Dark Tower" and a multitude of new and old fantasy fans can now look forward to reading the series straight through to its stunning conclusion.
Viking's elegant reissue of the first four books ensures that for the first time "The Dark Tower" will be widely available in hardcover editions for this eager readership.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba The second volume in Stephen King s #1 bestselling Dark Tower Series, "The Drawing of the Three" is an epic in the making ("Kirkus Reviews") about a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies.
Stephen King is a master at creating living, breathing, believable characters, hails "The Baltimore Sun." Beginning just less than seven hours after The Gunslinger ends, in the second installment to the thrilling Dark Tower Series, Roland encounters three mysterious doorways on a deserted beach along the Western Sea.
Each one enters into a different person s life in New York here, he joins forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean, and with the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes, to save the Dark Tower.
This quest is one of King s best it communicates on a genuine, human level but is rich in symbolism and allegory ("Columbus Sunday Dispatch"). It is a science fiction odyssey that is unlike any tale that Stephen King has ever written."
4. Desperation: A Novel
"The terror is relentless" (Publishers Weekly) in Stephen King's number-one national bestseller about a little mining town, Desperation, that many will enter on their way to somewhere else. But getting out is not easy as it would seem...
Located off a desolate stretch of Interstate 50, Desperation, Nevada has few connections with the rest of the world. It is a place, though, where the seams between worlds are thin. And it is a place where several travelers are abducted by Collie Entragian, the maniacal police officer of Desperation.
Entragian uses various ploys for the abductions, from an arrest for drug possession to "rescuing" a family from a nonexistent gunman. There's something very wrong here, all right, and Entragian is only the surface of it.
Welcome to Desperation. Once a thriving copper mining town in the middle of the Nevada desert, Desperation is now eerily abandoned. It's the last place that travelers like the Carver family, bound for vacation, and writer Johnny Martinville, astride his Harley, would expect to be stopped and charged.
But Desperation still has a local cop-a a unique regulator who patrols the wilderness highway. The secrets buried in Desperation are as terrifying as the forces summoned to encounter them. A terrifying transformation is taking soon place and the travelers will discover the true meaning of desperation ...
Stephen King is known as the master of horror, but what I personally admire most is not his horror, but his unique worldview. This is evident in Christine.
Rather than saying that Christine's plot is horrible, it is better to say that Christine's view of love itself has a more gloomy feeling. As the comment downstairs said, a deformed view of love.
Stephen's strongest is his description of human psychology. Regardless of strength, depth, and breadth, he is quite outstanding. He can always write unconventional things: all kinds of human nature that are full of contradictions, bizarre twists, and turns, but does exist in reality.
The contradiction dilemma of... In fact, any outstanding, master-level things will not fall into the clichés. Of course, people without talents can only follow the book and follow the old customs. In my opinion, the insight into human psychology can only come from a profound worldview.
Although Kristen's love is gloomy, it also has a charm, that is, this kind of love is fierce, deep, and unmatched by ordinary love. Such a dark love that exists where no one knows, the feeling of deep secrets can sometimes give people infinite confidence and strength, just like Christine gave the protagonist.
6. The Long Walk
It is said that "The Long Walk" was written during Stephen King University and published under the name of Richard Bachman after it became famous.
The story is set in a fictitious future. The United States holds a huge hiking competition every year (perhaps inspired by the outdoor travel of the Boy Scouts). A total of 100 boys under the age of 18 are selected from each state through a lottery and participate.
The one who persists until the end is the only winner, and everyone else will die. The winner can be rewarded to realize any of his wishes. This sounds a bit like a survivor game like "The Hunger Games" in the future, but in fact, Stephen King didn't give it much sociality.
It is not as full of strong opposition and conflict as "The Hunger Games", some rules restrict the game: slow down, fall, give up, interfere with the opponent will be warned, after accumulating three warnings again offenders will be shot on the spot. It is more like a competition of endurance, most of the time players are fighting their own limits.
7. The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel
When the novel "The Green Mile" was about to end, I felt so sad when I read this sentence. This story is about love and death. This is not a new topic, but it is a good story. When you show love to others, they may misunderstand you and even kill you. This novel is talking about this.
This story was adapted into a movie many years ago. I watched this movie a few years ago. This is also Stephen King's most tender and moving novel.
A series of stories about a death row prisoner with superpowers and several prison guards who executed the death sentence during the countdown to the execution.
The death row helps the prison guards with superpowers and moved them. And they began to think about the behavior of death row prisoners, why such a kind person was put here...
Stephen King's story rarely has a happy ending, and this is the same. Except for the protagonist recalling this story, the people who appeared in this story for many years have died one after another. Some of them died spontaneously, some were accidents, but they all went to death.
It was as if they had taken the condemned prisoners through the Green Mile leading to the electric chair. Everyone dies. They may die early or late, but they will always die. Whether you are a good person or a wicked person, sooner or later, you will die. And in people's short life, whether you are a good person or a bad person, have you really helped others?
8. Pet Sematary
Pet Sematary by Stephen King likes to depict trivial life scenes with delicate brushwork, and never let go of the trivial things of Sesame Mung Bean, and at the same time, he never forgets to emphasize the details that need to be paid attention to at the right time with the right strength of benefits, so that he is about to sleep. A warning to the readers. The psychological description is the highlight, and there are all kinds of sentence segmentation methods that I like.
As for Stephen King’s works, I don’t actually see much. My favorite is "Salen Town". Later, "The Shining" and "Obath" didn’t have that kind of horror effect, and "Pet Cemetery" was the first Four books, the first half of the story is very plain, even a bit dull, after the middle of the turn, it quickly enters the climax-the robbery! Unexpectedly, there will be a more exciting and exciting plot after the tomb robbery.
Although the ending is expected, it is infinitely embarrassing. God has given them enough hints. From dreams to intuitions, they all point to the same development trend. So many people try their best to go.
To save the whole thing, try every possible means to run to the same destination from different directions, but the end is actually no escape, no way to hide, there is no worst, only worse, fatalism is everywhere, and the author wants to remind the reader that it seems that people Once you are attached to what you have already lost, you will also lose what you currently have. Life and death are in the sky, and going against the sky will be punished.
There is a sentence repeated many times in the book: "Men’s hearts are harder." I don’t know if there is a problem with the translation. After reading this story, I only feel that all male characters are relatively weak, while female characters are admirable, especially in Desperate at a critical juncture, the kind of boldness that relies on instinct and desperately rushes towards the target.
9. The Shining
Originally, Stephen King’s novels were all used as hypnotic readings by me. There are a lot of delicate and easy life descriptions of characters in his books, which are very unsociable.
At least I thought so when I first started.
Because I have the habit of reading my favorite novels over and over again, for example, "The Silent Lamb" has been read more than twenty times, and I am basically familiar enough to memorize it, so I can't accept the adaptation of the movie.
"The Shining" is similar, but every time I watch it again, it feels more terrifying. Obviously, it is a familiar plot, but because I am more and more familiar with every detail of the novel, every time I read it, the feeling of the novel becomes more vivid and clearer. The bone-chilling cold and horror are very different. It's hard to describe in words.
Compared to Joey hiding "The Shining" in the refrigerator, I understand it very well, because I now wrap the cover of this novel, and then press it under a thick pile of military novels and comedy novels, and then lock it in the cabinet.
I don’t feel scared anymore, hehe~ I’ve seen too many horror novels, horror movies, etc. Except for the kind of works that challenges my stomach with blood, if there is any story that can scare me from the beginning "The Shining" is the one who is so cold that he is too scared to sleep. It's only this work that frightens me so persistently.
I am sure that any reader who does not think "The Shining" is scary, has not read it carefully and has not experienced the feeling of immersion in it.
10. It: A Novel
It: A Novel. The story takes place in the small town of Delhi in Maine. One rainy day, William made a paper boat for his brother George. His brother happily went out to release the boat on the street, but soon died at the sewer entrance. In the following, children continued to disappear or died in the town, but the police search was fruitless.
William's parents were immersed in the grief of bereavement and turned a blind eye to William. During the summer vacation, the sad and lonely William and six children who were unwelcome at school formed a "waste club." The little friends found that they had almost seen a weird guy-"it".
"It" changes a lot, sometimes it's a clown holding a balloon, sometimes it's a giant bird, sometimes it's the whispers and gurgling blood in the drain... The only thing that doesn't change is that every time it appears in Delhi, it will win Take the lives of dozens of children.