Saturday, April 6, 2013

King's Speech: F is for FRIES

Regular readers of The Shellshank Redemption know how much I enjoy a good quote (see Motivational Mondays) and that I’m a huge fan of Stephen King (see the King of All Days Part I and Part II.) So, for the 2013 A-Z Challenge, I decided to combine the two, using some of my favorite King quotes about reading, writing and life in general. Enjoy!


I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and FRIES.
(Stephen King)

I don’t know about you all, but sometimes I really just want fast food, something greasy and “bad” for me, but delicious all the same. Sometimes I crave comfort food, like a big bowl of macaroni and cheese, something I am absolutely positive is going to be good.   

I have a handful of go-to authors – King is one of them – who are either always “delicious” or who rarely, if ever, disappoint.  Sure, I eat salads and try new healthy meals, just like I read “literature” and try debut authors. But every once in awhile, I think it’s essential to treat yourself to a gooey, fudgie brownie – or whatever your vice/comfort/dessert of choice. Add an ice cold glass of milk and a King novel. Indulge.


  1. Boy, now I am super hungry for some reason...

  2. Great quote! You're supposed to enjoy it after all - nothing wrong with falling back on a trusted favourite. At least it's healthier than an actual Big Mac and fries!

  3. Um yes, I am always craving some comfort food LOL

  4. Eyes... Fries... But you said no pattern so I won't look for one. ;)

    Great, now you've made me hungry!

    Yes, when I really need to unwind, the gooey, chocolatey, comfort food read is the way to go.

    F is for Fiction, Freedom, and Flagman's Folly
    The Daille-y News

  5. I've never heard this quote from Stephen King...Love it!

  6. I totally agree that every now and then one must treat oneself... Though I tend to struggle with "every now and then" becoming too often ;) With books, however, I don't care what anyone thinks of what I'm reading, so I'll read as much King or Koontz as I like, thanks very much! :)

  7. Kellie - welcome to the TSR! :)

    MJ - you should've seen me writing the post. :)

    Nick - glad you liked the quote!

    OE - the problem with comfort food is that it can leave us too comfortable...

    Barbara - the pattern is that there is no pattern. :)

    Alex -ha! :)

    Frances - I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Trisha - I've given up caring about what other people think of my reading choices, too. :)

  8. I have a couple of favorite mystery authors that I just plain enjoy their books. They're my break.

  9. The occasional indulgence is what life is about! Every now and again it just feels good to reset- go back to the comfy wonderful that we can count on. Love the quote and a great thought to go along with it! :)

  10. Susan - I love a good mystery!

    Lexie - thank you! And welcome to TSR! :)

  11. It cracks me up that King said this about himself. But I agree completely with you! Honestly I usually don't read books that are considered "literature" anymore. I did enough of that in school and just want to be entertained now. King definitely does that for me. :)

  12. Julie - I like to pick stories that sound good, whether literary or genre. It also depends on my mood - do I feel like something fast or more of a slower, sink into it kind of read. Honestly, there really is something for everyone!

  13. I know exactly what you mean and I think it's totally fine to read a book to be entertained. Sometimes the best writing is looked down upon for that very reason.

  14. Our souls experience joy when we are immersed in activities that we love, and one of them is reading something written by a favorite author. Fortunately, I have many author faves, so there'd always be books for me to read.

  15. Kate - sometimes you just want to be carried away by and with a story, and sometimes you want to be immersed in it. Both are great places to be. :)

    Cynthia - the more books I read, the more favorite authors I find. :)