YMMV / Stephen King

  • Acceptable Targets:
    • Religious zealots.
    • Moral guardians and/or right-leaning people of any stripe.
    • Politicians. When referencing real-life politicians, he tends to hold up Democrats as the saviors of mankind and Republicans as demons in human flesh, but with his fictional politicians, he tends to go either way, usually with No Party Given, but making it obvious regardless which way each one leans. He uses fake left-leaning politicians to expose issues within his own party (such as Susan Day of Insomnia) but generally uses right-leaning politicians when he just needs a government villain (such as Greg Stillson).
    • School bullies are often depicted as borderline, if not completely, homicidal.
  • Archive Panic: He believes in trying to get at least one book a year out, and it shows. He's been writing for decades, and still putting out books today. Said books are well-known to be Door Stoppers on their own. Anyone who wants to read, or even collect all of his works will find their work cut out for them, to put it lightly.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In Danse Macabre, he describes A New Hope as "an outer space western just overflowing with PIONEER SPIRIT."
  • Internet Backdraft: The debate on whether Stephen King's work qualifies as real "literature" can get very contentious.
  • Mis-blamed: More like not given credit when he should. To this day there are people who refuse to believe he wrote the stories that Stand by Me and The Shawshank Redemption were based on, for the simple reason that they're not horror and actually pretty heart-warming. They'll "prove" it by taking a cursory glance at his bibliography and saying "See, not there!", since both of them were from a collection called Different Seasons and both of them had their names changed when translated to film.
    • According to King, this even happened to his face. Upon finding out that he was that Stephen King, a woman scolded him soundly about his awful scary books...and then asked him why he didn't tell more uplifting stories, like that nice movie The Shawshank Redemption. When King told her that he did write that nice story, the woman refused to believe him.
  • Narm:
    • Many of King's works contain this. Even some scenes that were intended to be scary or heart-warming can come off this way.
    • His movies really bring this to light. Scenes that might even have been scary in the books turn out to be pure narm on camera.
  • Narm Charm: That said, some people feel that this is part of the fun. Others even suggest that much, or at least some of the narm is intentional, a hearkening back to B-movies that intended to scare but provoked laughs instead.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: This trope could have been called "Stephen King is Unscary". King's works have been hugely influential for the last two generations of horror writers, and many of the cliches of the genre were originally invented, or at least popularized by King.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Inverted; King admitted he was stoned out of his mind when he wrote works like Cujo and directed Maximum Overdrive, to the point to where he doesn't remember writing Cujo at all.