by Stephen King work constitutes a franchise in itself, complete with a shared universe and figures that often appear in multiple works. The scope of his writing often disguises one of his best features: the genuine, often sincere, performances of his various leads and supporting figures. As he revealed in In writing and elsewhere, there are often personal connections to the characters in his book: most notably Jack Torrancewho channeled the author’s fears about his actual battle with drugs and alcohol.
In a symposium at Lisner Auditorium in 2014King was asked about the connection to his characters and which ones he considered his favorites. His responses were illuminating not only in the way they reflected the author’s point of view, but also in how some of them came to embody his worst fears. A short list of them follows in the order mentioned by King, along with a description of any adaptations involving the character.
King listed Annie Wilkes from Misery as his top pick
“Annie Wilkes was fun,” King said dryly when asked to pick just one character. She is without a doubt one of the most famous of King’s career. Misery was originally intended to be released under his pseudonym Richard Bachman. It tells the story of a famous romantic author kidnapped by Wilkes, her deranged “number one fan”, who takes him hostage and forces him to write a novel just for her. The character is an obvious stand-in for some of King’s most intense fans, which probably makes creating him cathartic and fun. Rob Reiner directed an acclaimed adaptation in 1990, and Kathy Bates won an Oscar for her brilliant portrayal of Wilkes. Lizzy Caplan also played her in the second season of Hulu. rock castle miniseries.
King named Lisey Landon his favorite heroine
I like it Misery, Lisey’s story involves a famous author and a deranged fan. In this case, the title character saves the author from being shot. The couple marry and he dies, only to leave the widow facing dark supernatural secrets he left behind. King’s writing is noted for its strong depictions of women, so he cites both his wife and his mother as inspirations at the symposium, and Lisey Landon fits the bill. King cited her as a hero in contrast to the monstrosity of Annie Wilkes. An eight-episode miniseries based on the book premiered on Apple+ in 2021, starring Julianne Moore as Lisey.
The Stand By Me Boys Were Too Adorable To Forget
“The Body” appeared on different seasons, a collection of four short novels that eschewed King’s usual terrain of horror and the supernatural. The four boys were childhood friends in the town of Castle Rock and embarked on a multi-day journey to find the body of another boy allegedly hit by a train. The story was told from the point of view of one of the quartet members, who had become a writer as an adult and was pondering the respective fates of his three friends as he recalled the incident. Reiner directed a film adaptation in 1986, renamed as Stay with me – which has since become a classic.
Eddie Dean from The Dark Tower has a special place in King’s Heart
drawing of the three was just the first appearance of Eddie Dean, who played a central role in The dark tower saga. Roland the Gunslinger finds him in New York City: addicted to drugs and acting as a mule for the mob. He frees the young man from his criminal associates and, after breaking his addiction, Eddie joins Roland in his search for the Dark Tower. His addiction can be seen as a mirror image of King’s, but it’s his sharp tongue and the way he gets him into trouble that King seems to favor. Dean has yet to appear on screen, having been left out of the poorly received 2017 dark tower movie.
It’s Richie Tozier is a fan favorite among King and fans alike
Richie “Trashmouth” Tozier belonged to ThatIt’s “The Losers Club” and, like Eddie Dean, his sarcasm often gets him into trouble. King quickly made the connection between the two characters at the symposium. Richie’s friends scold him with the phrase “Beep beep Richie” whenever his verbal jabs go too far, and it has become common parlance among King fans (the questioner repeats the line in the symposium). Richie has been played by more actors than anyone else on this list. Seth Green played him as a child in the 1990 miniseries, with Harry Anderson playing the adult Richie as a successful comedian. Finn Wolfhard played young Richie in both the 2017 and 2019 big screen adaptations of Thatand Bill Hader stepped in as the adult Richie in 2019 It is: Chapter 2.
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