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2008/01/23

Stephen King Q+A: Why writing is like sex, more

2008/01/20のエントリー「キングに質問をするチャンス!?」で紹介した、キングに対する質問のいくつかにキングが回答した模様。

Stephen King Q+A: Why writing is like sex, more

記録のため、Q & Aの部分を以下に引用する。

Q: What are your five favorite books (other than yours!) of all time? -Melissa Trotta, Emerson, N.J.

A: 1. "Lord of the Flies" (William Golding)
2. "1984" (George Orwell)
3. "A Soldier of the Great War" (Mark Helprin)
4. "Deliverance" (James Dickey)
5. "Bleak House" (Charles Dickens)

例によって「蝿の王」がトップに入っている。

Q: What advice do you have for an aspiring writer who can't seem to write anything longer than a short story? -Robin-Lee Leslie, Texas

A: If you can't write anything longer than a short story, don't push it (or try to pad it). In writing as in sex, the best advice is to relax and let nature take her course.

Q: What's the scariest book you've ever read?  Why was it so frightening? -Angie, Madison, Ala.

A: Really scary books ("The Exorcist" is a good example) succeed because we come to know and care about the characters. I like to say, 'It's the PEOPLE, stupid' — NOTthe monsters!

Q: Which of your stories is your favorite and why? -Crystal J. Cox, Baltimore, Md.

A: Of my own stories, I like "Children of the Corn," because I think it's suspenseful; "Quitters, Inc." because it still feels like a new idea (what would happen if the Mafia ran a quit-smoking clinic), and "The Reach," because it reminds me of all the people I knew while growing up in Maine.

キング自身が好きな自作の好きな理由を答えているのは、非常に興味深い。
次の質問と回答もキングファンとしては非常に興味深い。

Q: With the wealth of wonderful books that you have written, are there any favorite characters or novels that you wish to return to with a sequel? -Larry Fire, Vancouver, Wash.

A: I don't "do" sequels, but if I did,I think I'd go back to "Stand"-land and check in on Stu Redman and Frannie Goldsmith.

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