Monday, April 22, 2013

King's Speech: S is for SECRETS

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!

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Good books don’t give up all their SECRETS at once. 
(Stephen King)

My husband and I will be sitting together, reading, all comfortable and companionable, when I’ll suddenly gasp or cry out (or curse.) Something just happened on the page that I didn’t see coming, and it both delighted me and shocked me. When you can do that to a reader, for a reader, you are definitely in the right line of work.

19 comments:

M.J. Fifield said...

I enjoy that, too. It's irritating when a book dumps out its entire bag of tricks or whatever right at the beginning of the story.

Julie Flanders said...

It's always such a great feeling when you're immersed in a story and then get a shock like this. Very fun! :)

Unknown said...

Yes indeed! I recently finished a amazing book with an extremely unexpected ending. i was so shocked by it!

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Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

MJ - right? Because then what's the point? Although, if it's done well, I enjoy those books where you already know what happened but you keep reading to find out why...

Julie - love when that happens!

Morgan -that sounds like a great book! Want to share the title? :) And thanks for joining us here at TSR!

Kate said...

I need to work harder to make those moments :)

Jennifer Joyce said...

I like the suspense of secrets. Keeps me hooked.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Kate - I strive to do that for my readers, too.

Mama J - "suspense of secrets" sounds like a tongue twister - say it five times fast. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Working on getting better at that!

Jai said...

I do like it when I don't see it coming.

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, yeah... the best ones can be spotten JUST before they are given up so the reader feels really smart.

D.E. Malone said...

King is a master of shock and surprise, isn't he? I used to read him obsessively but haven't read anything of his in the last 10 years.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Alex - me, too!

Jai - it's so great when we don't see it coming and yet once it's there, it makes perfect sense.

Hart - good point!

Dawn - go ahead give some of his new work a try! 11/22/63 was very good and FULL DARK NO STARS gave me the creeps!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Usually my biggest reaction is a smile but my daughter laughs outloud all the time when she reads. Her delight delights me.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Susan - I love to see others enjoying their reading, too. :)

Cynthia said...

I would hope that if anyone cursed at something I'd written, they'd be cursing in delight.

Cynthia said...

...Cursing in shock is acceptable too, but it has to be a shock of delight, if that makes any sense!

Elise Fallson said...

A good story is definitely going to sprinkle their secret magic through out the book. And I love getting to a key part in the book and thinking! "OMG! I can't believe it!" it's fun and keeps the pages turning. (:

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Cynthia - it makes perfect sense. :)

Elise - absolutely!

Barbara White Daille said...

So true! I only wish I could have the power to shock and delight a reader on a regular basis.

When an author does the same to me, it really brings home the reason I'm a reader.

Barbara
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