MY FAVORITE STEPHEN King book used to be The Talisman.
When I would tell people that, I would always get this skeptical look often followed by a bit of a sneer.
Them: “You know that’s not his best work, right?”
Me: “Uh huh.”
Them: (Stifling a Scornful Laugh) “If you know that, why do you like it?”
The conversation would end with whoever it was deciding I was no longer worthy of conversation and walking off. Rude, yeah, but so’s telling people what they can and cannot like. I’m entitled to like whatever I want to like, and I liked the The Talisman, dammit.
Suck it, literary snobs. Suck. It.
Now that the literary snobs have left the room, I’ll explain.
The Stand was my second favorite Stephen King book. I had the worst case of the flu when I read that the first time. Don’t read The Stand if you have the flu. Also, I hear there’s a new one coming out staring Erik Northman. Good. I didn’t like the guy that played whatever Randy whatshisface was supposed to be.
I also remember liking Needful Things, but that’s because my family has an antique store. Not an antique store, like that, though. A normal antique store.
It’s been a while since I’ve read The Talisman, and I’ve since learned that it had homophobic themes. See https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/every-single-stephen-king-book-ranked/. I didn’t pick up on the homophobic themes when I read it years ago, but then would I have? What does that mean? Does it mean I shouldn’t like it?
I may have to re-read The Talisman to see if what I thought years ago is how I feel today. Tastes change, and maybe mine has. All I know is that The Talisman was once my favorite Stephen King book. Whether it remains so is yet to be determined.