YMMV / Stephen King

  • 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 of the narm is intentional, a harkening back to B-movies that intended to scare but provoked laughs instead.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: While Stephen King didn't invent horror, he's one of the biggest names in the genre if not the biggest, and thus, spawned many imitators. Readers (or viewers, as the imitations spilled over to film and TV as well) of said imitations might find King's works cliched, boring and about as frightening as an episode of Aaaaah! Real Monsters!.
  • Technology Marches On : Reading "Word Processor of the Gods" is hilarious 30+ years after its publication in 1983. The WANG word processor as it's described in the story went for a starting price of $3000, and could cost up to $18k! In the days of $400 desktops, it's funny. Knowing that price got you a whopping 64K of RAM is unbelievable.
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