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message 1: by Sergey (last edited Aug 17, 2010 04:57AM) (new)

Sergey Barsamyan (barsamyan) Friends, I'm curious, have SK books taught you anything important? anything that changed your worldview, your life? I mean, sure, they are very interesting/absorbing, but have they caused any good/productive changes in you? would you recommend them to your kids or are they complete waste of time (like games are for gamers)?


message 2: by ★ Jess (new)

★ Jess  | 49 comments To never bully and to forgive.
From Carrie.
I read it earlier this year (I am in year 9) and since then I have been conscious of anyone i may be nasty to, and make sure to never bee crude.
Obviously, i know a girl is not going to go crazy and start a supernatural kill-fest, buts it the logic and moral to not be un-kind to anyone.


message 3: by Leshawn (last edited Aug 17, 2010 07:07AM) (new)

Leshawn | 25 comments We are all troubled with demons (in King's books those demons are visible and terrifying) and a little patience, love and affection with one another can go a long way to providing consolation and encouragement.
I'm always touched with how often strangers willingly offer solace or sanctuary to the characters in the novels.
It makes me want to be vigilant about recognizing opportunities to do the same in my life!


message 4: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) I do not walk over sewer grates. O_o


message 5: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments I propably won't take a job as a caretaker anytime soon.


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Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments Also, when my car crashes and I'm wounded, I tend to stay away from spinsters who live in houses that are deep in the woods.


message 7: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) When I find a chunk of metal in the woods... I leave it there.


message 8: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments I'm sure to never bury my pen name - live an let live!


message 9: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) I generally don't dig up dead things.


message 10: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments When a stranger opens a store with everything in my town, I ask him if he does mail orders.


message 11: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) This is too much fun, and probably not what poor Armatura had in mind.

I will think of a REAL answer and report back later.


message 12: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments When everyone around me starts acting crazy by using their cellphones, I tell them that a Snake record is not really that important.

Come on, Becky. I know you want to. Let's not let this thread turn into another dull topic.


message 13: by Scott (new)

Scott | 401 comments Never become the caretaker of a hotel over the winter when nobody else is there.


message 14: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Never stand too close to the ledge in a train station.


message 15: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments If you find some creepy looking tombstones , be sure to bury someone in the area where they are.


message 16: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments If you're a girl who happens to be near a group of boys fighting an evil monster, be sure to have sex with them. All of them.


message 17: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments If you plan to embark on a 450 mile walk be sure to bring some crackers.


message 18: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments If you see a rabid St.Bernard running at you, kill the damn thing with a brick...unless you prefer hiding in a car.


message 19: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) If you see a bunch of enraged "zombies" turn philosophy professors, don't panic. Just make a tin-foil hat so they can't mind-control you.


message 20: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments If you see a ragged, almost destroyed car, whose owner is a dirty and smelly drunkard, BUY IT IMMEDIATELY.


message 21: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments If you see a finger poking out from a toilet, make sure to pull it.


message 22: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) If your rival neighbor offers to bury the hatchet but only if you go to a deserted construction site with lots of used port-a-potties... don't.


message 23: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments Don't trust your mangler.


message 24: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments If a man comes to your house and accuses you of stealing his story, be sure to ask him where he bought his hat.


message 25: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments If you get lost in Crouch End...be sure to buy a map in the nearest news-stand.


message 26: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments If a weird smelling, green-loking man comes to your house to mow your lawn...let him mow your lawn.


message 27: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (bookgoddess1969) | 665 comments Make sure all my library books go back on time! The Library Policeman WILL get you!


message 28: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) When someone tells you to quit smoking... you QUIT.


message 29: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments When an old man employs you to kill his cat...you kill it with a brick.


message 30: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Probably best not to swim in water with an oily sheen on top.


message 31: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments There is absolutely no way you'll get somewhere in only 4 books. You'll need at least three more. Or four.


message 32: by Steven (new)

Steven Belanger | 53 comments Don't tell your psychiatrist your experiences with the Bogeyman.


message 33: by Steven (new)

Steven Belanger | 53 comments If you see a gi-normous spider in the sewers of your city--GET OUT OF THOSE SEWERS.


message 34: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments Entering your husband's alternative universe is a totally cool idea!


message 35: by Steven (new)

Steven Belanger | 53 comments Don't drink bad beer. It'll split you in two. Then four. Then eight. Then...

And if your garden crosses town lines, don't extend your arm over the town line. You'll be sorry.


message 36: by Erick (new)

Erick Burnham | 42 comments If you are going to play a bedroom game with your spouse; make sure you do it within easy reach of a phone.


message 37: by Erick (new)

Erick Burnham | 42 comments If you see a couple of guys in yellow trench coats - run away.


message 38: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Erick wrote: "If you are going to play a bedroom game with your spouse; make sure you do it within easy reach of a phone."

Better yet, the key. ;)


message 39: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments If you're happily strolling down the road at winter and suddenly a weasel pops up...you're screwed.


message 40: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments Playing with paper boats in the gutter is never a good idea.


message 41: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments So you have this car, it's ugly like hell and you're out of money. But don't worry! All you have to do is push it some and it'll be like new in no time.


message 42: by Katniss (new)

Katniss (katniss1986) Ka's a wheel. Of course.


message 43: by Erick (new)

Erick Burnham | 42 comments If a piece of electronics tells you not to break a law; don't break the law!


message 44: by Nilofer (last edited Aug 23, 2010 10:38PM) (new)

Nilofer (nilofers) | 83 comments If you hear bootheels tapping behing you on a dark and deserted highway...run like hell!


message 45: by Erick (new)

Erick Burnham | 42 comments If you are marooned on a desert island; eating yourself piece by piece is probably counter-productive.


message 46: by Maciek (new)

Maciek (pan_maciej) | 198 comments If you are imprisoned and know nothing about rocks...well, let's say that a movie deal is not exactly coming your way.


message 47: by Erick (new)

Erick Burnham | 42 comments Maciek wrote: "If you are imprisoned and know nothing about rocks...well, let's say that a movie deal is not exactly coming your way."

That one took me a few minutes to figure out.


message 48: by Erick (last edited Aug 25, 2010 11:28AM) (new)

Erick Burnham | 42 comments When I go back and look at Armatura's original question; I can see that this isn't what she really meant. However, I think we actually have answered her basic question.


message 49: by Sergey (last edited Aug 29, 2010 01:24PM) (new)

Sergey Barsamyan (barsamyan) Erick wrote: "When I go back and look at Armatura's original question; I can see that this isn't what she really meant. However, I think we actually have answered her basic question."

The answers were funny, but they all mean only one thing - one hardly can learn anything important from SK books, in other words - SK works don't represent any literary value. But I think this point of view is wrong. I feel that his books contain many elements of naturalist/realist/existencialist/nihilist phylosophy & literature, but i seems we need a professional writer here to prove this opinion. So, the question is open...

P.S. Actually, I'm male :)


message 50: by Becky (last edited Aug 29, 2010 02:58PM) (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) I don't think that the answers given prove that King's works don't represent any literary value.

I have learned things about loyalty and friendship and trust and honor and duty and what it means to be HUMAN from King's books. That's not a waste of time. These are things that even classics chock full of "literary value" fail to offer.

We're a group of readers who like to have fun, not literary scholars or philosophers or whatever. King's books are filled with little lessons like we've had fun mentioning, but the bigger lesson in all of his books remains that when we lose our sense of humanity, we're lost completely. At least that's what I see.


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