For years Stephen King has served us up stories about ourselves. Probably what makes him so popular is that he doesn't write about Count Dracula in a far off land, he brings it all to America. I'm pressed to think of stories that even involve other countries!
The America in Stephen King's fiction is a unique place. Here's a glance at the America of Stephen King's creation:
- Christine is a kind of American Grafitti -- cars, girls and Rock and Roll.
- IT is a trip back to the 1950's. (For, uh, those who were alive in the 50's.) Seems like The Body falls into the same category.
- The Dead Zone shows the nasty side of American politics.
- The Tommyknockers is a 1940's style Scifi.
- In the Stand King boldly destroyed America, and then made his characters our new founding fathers as they established the Free Zone.
- Both Rita Hayworth and The Green Mile explore something of the American prison system.
- Under The Dome shows us America in miniature.
- If you haven't seen it -- there is something strangely All American about Silver Bullet, based on Cycle of the Werewolf.