The way Stephen King seems to use "The Dark Tower" series to bring characters from many of his other
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I would like to hear some opinions on the way in which King brings many of the key characters and protagonists from his other novels into the dark tower. Do you guys think it is a positive or negative thing to link all of his works in this way?
Bit of both for me. Sometimes I really like it, for example with Dinky Earnshaw from Everything's Eventual (which didn't indicate any DT tie-in originally) suddenly popping up as a Breaker. But then sometimes it seems contrived, for example the ending of Insomnia, which seemed to somehow not really fit the rest of the novel, rather it seemed that SK decided he wanted it to fit with the DT books instead.
(Having said that, Insomnia is one of my favourite SK books!)
I think you have raised a very interesting point. Personally I did enjoy some of the references which King made in DT to his other works, but I would definitely feel that it is a negative thing to harm and maim a novel in order to make it fit into the DT storyline. I know that he considers the DT to be his magnum opus and rightly so, but every individual novel deserves to be allowed to reach its potential.
While I enjoyed seeing some old faces pop up in DT, I agree with The Buffalo that in some other novels the link is somewhat contrived.
What I really didn't like was SK writing himself into the story. Did that bother anyone else?
I did feel it was more than a little arrogant of him to be honest: making himself the lynch pin of his own story like that
I really don't care for the Dark Tower books myself. And the more a 'stand alone' book relies on the Dark Tower, the less I will like it. If he does it with a light enough touch, like Eyes of the Dragon, The Stand (or most of his books really) it adds an extra layer of depth and doesn't bother me at all.
If characters from his novels pop-up in the DT series, I don't really mind, as I figure those are for the more hard core Stephen King fan anyway. I doubt there are many people who read only his DT work and nothing else.
I don't think in the book he is the lynch pin of the story.
The poem Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came shows that the idea of the dark tower has gone long back into the history of that particular world. Although Steven King 'writes' the book, he constantly says how he doesn't create the ideas, it just comes to him. I think the theme of Roland continuing to make mistakes in a cycle, whereby he constantly improves each time, is overriding.
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