Monday, February 24, 2014

Stephen King, How Could You?

Don't get me wrong. I've enjoyed a lot of King's novels and short fiction.

But dammit, Steve, I expected more from you. At the very least, I expect you to do your research.

In On Writing, he advises
On the whole, I think story belongs in front, but some research is ineveitable; your shirk it at your peril.
Well you shirked it here, buddy.

I recently finished Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, and a little story called "Mile 81."

While both were good reads (Doctor slightly bit better than "Mile"), in both cases I ran into a section that made my reading screech to a halt and kick me out of the story.

From Doctor Sleep:
He turned the basket so one end faced the newly arrived RV and flicked off the Glock's safety with his thumb.
From "Mile 81:"
As Jimmy approached the station wagon, he drew his Glock service automatic but left the safety on.

Glocks do not have external manual safeties.

Research Fail, sir.

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