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  • Author Existence Failure: Narrowly averted in 1999, when King was struck by a van while walking along a road. His personal brush with death was later incorporated into several of his works, including his Dark Tower series, which he hastened to complete so he wouldn't leave it unfinished if this trope came down for real. Oddly enough, he ended up long outliving the guy who hit him.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: There's an unflattering quote comparing the rich, moral complexity of Harry Potter to the relative shallowness of Twilight often attributed to him: “Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend.” While King does, indeed, famously admire J.K. Rowling and famously loathe Stephanie Meyer, it actually came from blogger Robin Browne.
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  • Fan Community Nicknames: Constant Readers.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Many of King's novels have been published as these by specialty presses. Some have even premiered as such; both The Gunslinger and The Eyes of the Dragon took years after their limited edition to get published in trade format.
  • Name's the Same: Often re-uses names from his other books to describe completely different people. Examples include: Patrick Hockstetter, who was a Shop scientist in Firestarter and a sociopathic schoolmate of the Loser's Club in It; Martin Coslaw, who was the nice, crippled hero of Cycle of the Werewolf (and the film based on it, Silver Bullet) and a cruel disciplinarian in Blaze; he shows up a third time in 11/22/63 as a high school football player and actor. Similar to a Continuity Nod (above). Also, has used names of people in his own life to help name some of the characters as a form of Shout-Out (see below).
  • 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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  • Unintentional Period Piece: Tends to happen a lot with his earlier novels, which are heavy on contemporary cultural and political references that don't always age well. He himself has said he's sometimes "too much a writer of the moment."
  • What Could Have Been: The entire 200-page manuscript for his novel The Cannibals vanished midway through writing it. King has never found the missing manuscript, and can't bring himself to start over.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Stephen King Wiki.
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