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BarkAtTheMoon
PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 3:37 pm  Reply with quote
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...but he can't live without you.

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Anyone here ever meet King? At a signing, or in public? Was he cool? A dick? If you approached him, did he seem uncomfortable that he had been recognized? Discuss!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 4:32 pm  Reply with quote



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I would ve very surprised if more than one person here has ever met King.

And he's entitled to his opinion.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 8:30 pm  Reply with quote
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I fuckin' hate fans too. Laughing
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Harlan Ellison once related an encounter with a fan at a convention. This fan brought every book Ellison wrote or edited with him to be autographed. When Ellison declined to autograph more than one book, the fan became incensed and insisted that Ellison "owed" him all the autographs he wanted because he bought everything with Ellison's name on it. Ellison, on the other hand, was of the opinion that if you were entertained by what he wrote, then you got your money's worth.

I think situations are similar with other popular authors including Stephen King -- There's always a contingent of fans who take things way too far (King has had stalkers), ruin an author's view on fans in general, and spoil it for the rest of the fan-base who just want to say "Thanks" or get a comment or two on a favorite story or book.

For the most part, I think most authors wanted to be treated like regular people (because they are regular people) when encountering fans; However, there are some fans that just won't let that happen.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:22 pm  Reply with quote
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Which should make your life pretty easy, Ilk, since everyone fucking hates you.

I've never met the man (King, not Ilk), but I know some who have, one who even was a close friend of his in college, and the general consensus is that he's really not a regular guy anymore; standoffish and defensive, and unwilling to really deal with anyone who's not directly involved with his career.

But who knows, maybe it's all what we'd do in such situations. I mean seriously, can you imagine being as famous as Stephen King? Wouldn't you want to hole yourself up a bit, too?
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BarkAtTheMoon
PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:59 pm  Reply with quote
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As fan relations go, the guy you really have to admire is Kevin Smith. Like King, he also tries to portray himself as a regular joe, but I get the feeling that with Smith it's much more genuine.

He's extremely approachable, and appreciative of his fanbase. He interacts with his peeps regularly on the ViewAskew boards, and he seems to have no problem shooting the shit with random folks who happen to recognize him in public, or who approach him at Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash.

King on the other hand paints himself in his personal writing as this folksy approachable dude, when it's totally not the case. Maybe when his career started he felt this way, but it seems like now he's just playing a persona.

I agree, King is entitled to his opinion, and can handle his fans any way he pleases. I just wish he'd stop with the mixed signals and the folksy bullshit.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 1:25 am  Reply with quote
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I'd be willing to bet it depends on how he's approached, at least a little.

For example, lemme bend your ear a bit... Stephen King is and always has been a sort of shy type to an extent, from childhood - it's part of what drove him to become a writer, retreating into a fairyland of his own creation. He's incredibly tall, gangly and a fairly awkward looking individual and it's safe to say that if he wasn't Stephen King you wouldn't at all be surprised if he was painfully shy. But he is Stephen King, so he had no choice but to be in the public eye... and quite obviously there's part of him that craves that as well. I can relate very well... I am both intensely anti-social and enjoy attention myself.

So, as I was saying... depending on how he's approached, I'm sure it affects how he reacts. If someone approaches him in that kind of 'I'm trying desperately not to jump all over you' barely contained fashion and says 'Oh my GOD, are you STEPHEN KING?!?!?' (or like the fan who showed up with all the books for Harlan Ellison to sign) then it illicits a certain response... whereas a different approach may receive a different response.

I remember some years back, when King announced one of his retirements (which I honestly believe he does want to retire... he just can't... I feel bad for him in this respect.... it's like having a job you can't quit... but he's a writer and he'll keep writing until he has no more to write about) and people on the Stephen King website were LIVID, ranting about how Stephen King could NOT retire... was not ALLOWED to retire... were writing long diatribes BEGGING him not to retire... and all I could think of was that if I was him and reading those things I would be beyond weary.

Speaking as a rabid King fan, I don't know if I would want to meet me one on one, were I him... let alone an entire convention of me's.... Laughing Honestly though, I do hope one day I get to meet him - I have one very important and private thing to say to him (just one thing, is all) - but it's clear he has a love/hate relationship with his fans. There's a passage in The Dark Half where he talks about it a little... The part where he says, or Thad says, that he thinks if people could see what he sees - that eye within his mind - they'd steal it from him. Which is I think an expression of King's hatred for the 'Where do you get your ideas?' question. I don't think he hates his fans though. I think he's shy... and we scare him. That's a pretty heady thing... we scare the Master of Fear. Laughing

Really, he's a star though... and we sort of want our stars to hate us a little.... so we can feel superior. It's a sick cycle upon which our current star-struck society depends. Laughing
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I actually met King at a signing in LA a few years back for Bag of Bones and he was super cool. They had the signing at a playhouse just walking distance from the bookstore and before the signing he read an unpublished story to the crowd. It was one of the coolest signings ever. So sorry but my King experience rocked.

Also I just came across this tonight:
Stephen King, one of the best known authors in the world, discussing Lisey’s Story. This is a ticketed event.
10/24/06 7:30 PM at Symphony Space - Broadway. New York, NY.
http://www.symphonyspace.org/

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Cash Bailey
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malfuncsean wrote:
I actually met King at a signing in LA a few years back for Bag of Bones and he was super cool. They had the signing at a playhouse just walking distance from the bookstore and before the signing he read an unpublished story to the crowd. It was one of the coolest signings ever. So sorry but my King experience rocked.

Also I just came across this tonight:
Stephen King, one of the best known authors in the world, discussing Lisey’s Story. This is a ticketed event.
10/24/06 7:30 PM at Symphony Space - Broadway. New York, NY.
http://www.symphonyspace.org/

-Clark


Yeah, but at signings and promotional events the person in question always puts their best face on. I'm sure King is referring to the people that track him down, disrupt his life and generally be a pest. And I'm sure any public figure hates that.
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RhodesisGod
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Well, if he's THAT annoyed by fans at readings and signings, the guy IS a dick.

But if he's just referring to people that interrupt his personal life, he's 100% right.

Unfortunately fans don't think that anyone famous is entitled to privacy, but they should also realize that they can act anyway they please in their spare time. I'm sure that he would appreciate you being a fan, but if you interrupt ANYONE (famous or otherwise) at dinner when they are out in public.......you're an ignorant asshole. I've felt it's okay to say hello or give a wave, but asking for autographs or wanting them to talk to you FOREVER is just asking too much.
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The man has had parts of his gates at his home stolen more than once. I think he's entitled to dislike some people.
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I can sympathize with hatred of the obsessive fans. Some time ago I was doing a walking tour of the Garden District in New Orleans. This was shortly after the "Interview" movie, and Anne Rice was maybe at her peak mainstream popularity. There were people who stalked her house all-day long, hoping for the slightest glimpse of Rice. Sure, the majority of fans aren't like that, but there are enough nutzoids constantly after them. I have no problem with any distaste these writers have in response to that.

Now, being a dick at a public appearance (like a book signing, charity event, or convention) -- that's another story.
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Chainsaw wrote:
The man has had parts of his gates at his home stolen more than once. I think he's entitled to dislike some people.


He had some nutcase break in and threaten to blow his house up!

With a shoebox full of erasers!
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Cash Bailey wrote:
Chainsaw wrote:
The man has had parts of his gates at his home stolen more than once. I think he's entitled to dislike some people.


He had some nutcase break in and threaten to blow his house up!

With a shoebox full of erasers!


I remember that. One evening his wife heard a huge crash downstairs and ran down to meet a King fan with 'explosives' strapped to his body. There was another obsessive fan who sued him because he said Stephen King broke into his house and stole his story. Then there is the peculiar case involving a nut job who camps out down the street from his house. He has a van and signs that say "Stephen King killed John Lennon". After a few things like that happened to him, Steve-o has a right to be wary of the public.

I've actually had this conversation before. A woman I know used to live in Maine and she told me that King and his wife were dicks. She saw them at a grocery store and went running over to them bubbling with joy. Her beef was that they just murmured hello, looked uncomfortable and kept on moving. No shit! Imagine that happening to you every time you went out to buy a gallon of milk. Hey, King did buy out an entire theater that was showing 28 Days Later and hung around to give tickets out to people. I think he's just cautious of the nuts.
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You have to have some sort of understanding for the dude.

Granted he's pretty overrated, but people love him. Sometimes too much. I dont think the man would create these horror stories just to create horror stories.... that made no sense.

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I dont think he'd give his fans a bad name just to sell books. I'm sure he's been confronted with some awful nutjobs over the years. It's a shame.

I read his "Entertainment Weekly" column often. Sometimes he knows his shit, sometimes he seems to be doing nothing but babbling on about god knows what, and then other times he's completely fuill of shit.

Saying Coppola burned out after "Dementia 13" and the "Godfather" films were not really good? Please. Either he's an idiot, or just saying that to garner feedback. Regardless, he's full of shit.

Either way, he's a writer. And wildly popular writers are probably confronted with crazy fans. Just the other day I got chased down by two women on the street.

Granted, I squeezed their breasts screaming "Honk if you're horny!" so it's understandable, but in my mind, they chased me because they're crazy fans. Confused
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