Stephen King’s “Firestarter”

. . . . . . . In tribute of the new movie version of Firestarter coming out this May 13 I have decided to write a short blurb/analysis of the original book.

. . . . . . . The novel was released at the start of the new decade. September 29, 1980 was an auspicious date indeed. It marked Stephen King’s swing-shift to shorter novels. Prior this we had seen the hefty 600-page-or-so Salem’s Lot and the ONE THOUSAND PLUS PAGE The Stand. The previous short novel was The Dead Zone, but there was no indicator whether King would go one way (medium-long or long novels) or the other (Only the Zonely novels). Well, it proved to be short.

. . . . . . . The novel opens with Andy and Charlie (a girl, Charlie, and her father) walking at a quick pace through New York City. They are being followed. Tracked. The first half of the novel consists of that tracking. Like The Dead Zone, the novel starts as one thing and metamorphosizes as another. Captured in a government lab, Charlie is seduced into a deadly game of cat and mouse by an apparently friendly Injun orderly/clean-up man, who talks his way into her heart. This novel demonstrates King’s wickedly good sense of human psychology. The relationship between a father and his girl-kid, the relationship between an adult friend and a child, both these things become material for King to fill the pages with his viewpoints and living hand with.

. . . . . . . The interesting thing about novels is that long after the novelist is gone the writer can see the book in action like a cat on a windowsill. Nobody can gainsay the reader or writer that. As R Kelly the R&B singer blurted when they hauled his ass into court, The music’s out there, man. It’s too late to stop it. The writer Oscar Wilde went to jail for 18 months because of his gay preferences. But they couldn’t stop his books. Strangely, every time a writer gets controversial, he gets more popular. Well this entry has gotten more sizable than I had anticipated. Have a good day one and all.

4 thoughts on “Stephen King’s “Firestarter”

    1. Thanks for your compliment. I’m not a huge fan of female-character-based fiction, but if you have to have it, this book’s the venue for it.

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