Stephen King gets his reward when he asks for the worst cinema it has to offer

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He may have been responsible for as many terrifying films as he has been responsible for classics of all time – whether directly or indirectly – but as one of the most popular and successful authors of all time, StephenKing knows his way around a line of dialogue.

He has long since earned a reputation as one of the most legendary voices in the horror genre and knows a thing or two about what it takes to put words on the page that can entice and captivate readers. However, for his latest social media experiment, King has decided to go in the completely opposite direction.

As he loves to do, the Titan of Terror posted a random reflection online for his millions of followers to munch on, and he immediately reaped the rewards when they responded in kind by throwing out a barrage of perfectly worthy suggestions.

Trying to quantify what constitutes bad writing can often be in the eye of the beholder, but some of these examples are so egregious that they’ve managed to reach a level of long-lasting shame, with many being reused countless times as some of the most popular memes on the internet.

We’re not saying that King’s prose is always 100 percent watertight – something he no doubt admits himself – but he at least got exactly what he wanted after broaching the subject of the sacrilege of screenwriting, which is somehow dated first draft to the final cut without anyone stopping, taking a breath and realizing that the words that came out of the character’s mouth were absolutely cruel. Stephen King gets his reward when he asks for the worst cinema it has to offer

Adam Bradshaw

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