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  • 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 this does reflect King's personal opinions about both books, the quote 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).
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: In 1999, 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.
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  • 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.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Tends to happen a lot with his 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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