Stephen King has written a sequel to The Shining called Doctor Sleep, and because even Stephen King has to do some promotional support, the author is making the interview rounds, where folks are often more interested in what Stephen King has to say about things other than his own sequel, which follows Danny Torrance, now in his 40s, living in upstate New York, where he works as an orderly at a hospice and helps terminally ill patients pass away with the aid of some extraordinary powers.
Related to The Shining, specifically Stanley Kubrick’s film, Stephen King didn’t really care for it, saying that it was too “cold” and that Wendy was a “misogynistic” character. (via Jezebel)
It’s] cold, I’m not a cold guy. I think one of the things people relate to in my books is this warmth, there’s a reaching out and saying to the reader, ‘I want you to be a part of this.’ With Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ I felt that it was very cold, very ‘We’re looking at these people, but they’re like ants in an anthill, aren’t they doing interesting things, these little insects’…
Shelley Duvall as Wendy is really one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film, she’s basically just there to scream and be stupid and that’s not the woman that I wrote about.
Elsewhere, Stephen King was also asked about Twilight, because why not? He’s an author. Stephenie Meyer is … well, she writes books. So, what’s King’s take on Twilight?
“I agree with [a character in Doctor Sleep] who calls Twilight and books like it tweenager porn,” King said. “They’re really not about vampires and werewolves. They’re about how the love of a girl can turn a bad boy good.”
He continued, lumping The Hunger Games and 50 Shades of Grey in with Twlight:
“I read Twilight and didn’t feel any urge to go on with her. I read The Hunger Games and didn’t feel an urge to go on. It’s not unlike The Running Man, which is about a game where people are actually killed and people are watching: a satire on reality TV,” he said. “I read Fifty Shades Of Grey and felt no urge to go on. They call it mommy porn, but it’s not really mommy porn. It is highly charged, sexually driven fiction for women who are, say, between 18 and 25. But a golden age of horror? I wouldn’t say it is. I can’t think of any books right now that would be comparable to The Exorcist.”
Mommy porn? Oh, Stephen, you’re adorable.