Topic: Female author writing as male
May 20, 2019 / By Janet Question:
It seems like the women are always the homemaker type and they serve to support the male lead. Other than Annie in Misery (and she was a villain) has he even written any female lead characters? Has King ever commented on this? Think it's just the generation he's from or maybe it's hard for him as a man to write from a female perspective?
Erynn | 5 days ago
Actually I hear he did comment on it, and...well, I don't mean to sound harsh, but maybe you should do a bit more research? I should do, clearly, since I don't know what he said about it, but he DOES have female leads.
After the first few books of his, people doubted he had the ability to write effective female characters, and his later responses in various books disproved this. I'll give some examples!
The Tommyknockers: (Bobbi Anderson, a woman, was the co-star of this novel. She was the lead for most of the book, a key character, and incredibly well developed. Nor was she a housekeeper or anything.)
Firestarter (Charlie Mcgee. She might be ten, but she was the lead of this book. It's a great, great story, and she's no damsel in distress, that's for sure)
Full Dark, No Stars (two of the four novellas in this feature lead female roles, both of whom are very strong, very "powerful" people. One of them involves the damsel in distress theme, but is followed up by taking control, by obtaining and exacting revenge.)
Gerald's Game (another female lead, this one less of a prominent figure in her world, but a realistically drawn, sad one)
Dolores Claiborne (perhaps King's strongest, most interesting female lead. It's a powerful story, and she is a powerful character)
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (another female lead, but she's very young this time, same as Firestarter. Trisha McFarland is a character I won't soon forget)
Carrie (his first book, Carrie White as the dangerous, kinda horrifying lead)
Other than that, I admit there are a few books of his with some traditional women characters, but from most of the books I've read, women do play a large role. King isn't close-minded about these things: few authors are better at breathing life into any character than King that i've ever known. Cujo was another with a female lead, although it's hard to pick a lead role for a book with a cast like this. I could list quite a few more with powerful female characters, but I think the point has been made!
Originally Answered: Stephen King Books.?
Cell, Carrie, and Misery.
I`m a fan of King`s stories, and I think that as a new reader, you would get a great overview of his style and not be overwhelmed by reading these 3.
"Carrie" is classic King horror; "Misery" is a scary bit of "this could really happen"; and "Cell" is a great bit of good old horror mixed with a wee bit of "what if our current everyday technology was used against us"?
I also think that these 3 would be suitable for your age in that they`re easily relatable--"Cell" is , again, very current tech, "Carrie" is a picked-on high school student, and "Misery" is about a fan who goes a freaky bit too far.
I believe that after reading these 3 you`ll have a very good idea as to whether you want to read more King or if he`s just not your style.
I hope this helps and that, like me, you like King so much that you read everything he`s written--that`ll keep you busy..................
Originally Answered: Stephen King Books.?
It depends on the 15 year old, are you okay with violence and strong language?
I am listening to Cell now and it is a good book
Your library has King's books and you could check one out and see how you like them. If you do like King's book you might also like Scott Siglers
Stephen King did a video project call "N"
The Tommyknockers by Stephen King has to be one of Kings GREATEST Books of all time. Where do I even begin? I love Bobbi and especially the endearing alcholic writer "Gard". The townspeople are great. The alien takeover is realistic and so so creepy. A spooky "discovery" in the woods, mysterious inventions, and a talking plastic Jesus combine to make this absolutley AWESOME. I can't say enough great things about it!
He's from an older generation (i think he's 60 or so), and he writes what he does best. Female character development clearly isn't his strong point. But then, how many women writers excel in writing male leads? Other than romance novels which are geared to female ideals since they're the target audience.