Stephen King and the Critics

Stephen King is not shy about criticizing others. Recently, he told the BBC how much he dislikes Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining (see video, below) and then went on to take stabs at Twilight (“tweenager porn”), Hunger Games (dull and derivative) and Fifty Shades of Grey (which he says he actually read) in the Guardian (we’re waiting for him to let loose on those frightening photos that accompany the story).

For a look at what critics think of King, the Boston Globe offers a chart of the “notable lows and highs in the gradual rise of Stephen King’s literary star.” When The Shining was published in 1977, The New York Times called him “a writer of fairly engaging and preposterous claptrap.”

One Response to “Stephen King and the Critics”

  1. Scott Says:

    I remember that Stephen King reviewed The Hunger Games for Entertainment Weekly. Back in 2008, he gave it a pretty good review. It was his review that made me buy the book. Wonder what changed his mind.