The Dark Half


Critique on The Dark Half
In the last month, I have read the novel The Dark Half by Stephen King. I have read it cover to cover and think it is a good book, but Stephen King has written better. Some of the book was very exciting while other parts bored me. I would say it is good but not great.
This book is, in my opinion, written for people ages fourteen to twenty. Although the vocabulary is somewhat confusing at times, it is not a difficult story to read. If you can get past the vocabulary, the plot is not difficult to follow.
The best thing about The Dark Half, in my opinion, is how Stephen King made an unbelievable thing seem reasonable. He made it so that Alan Pangborn, the main authority figure in the story, did not immediately believe Thad Beaumont, the main character of the novel (a writer in the story). Even after there was good evidence that a supernatural thing was happening to Thad, Pangborn did not believe him, because that is what a real person would do. They would be skeptical until they witnessed something themselves. Finally, he began to believe, but not until about three-quarters of the way through. Even then, he wasn't sure. Other similar things happened too. George Stark, the "villain" of the story, was Thad's penname come to life. Stephen King made that seem possible with his explanation that Thad had a brain tumor when he was a child. It was not, however, a normal brain tumor. The doctor removed an eye, some teeth, some fingernails, and parts of a nose. These pieces were what George Stark was. When Thad Beaumont stopped writing novels under the name George Stark, Something happened to the pieces and they began to grow into a person.
The part of the story that could have been better was the fact that it is exactly like every other book by him. In my opinion it is too regular. A psychopath chases a righteous man with a family. At the end, the good guys win. It is not a very exciting plot. Although he puts some twists in it, like the fact that it is not your normal, everyday Stephen King psycho. Instead, he is a person with the same fingerprints and blood type who shares a telepathic bond with "the good guy," and shouldn't exist at all, it is still basically the same. For a novel that has the same plot as hundreds of thousands of others books, It is excellent. Stephen King needs to get another idea.
The description in the story makes it much more interesting and makes up, in part, for the boring plot. The way King describes George Stark once he starts falling apart and losing cohesion is good. "As the man with the skinned face walked toward them?" was one of the better descriptive sections. If that phrase doesn't catch some attention, I don't know what will. Another example of fantastic description is when the scene of a crime in which a minor character, Miriam Cowley, was murdered. I won't go into the details in this critique for obvious reasons.
Some parts of the story are exciting and suspenseful while other parts are just plain boring. There are riddles in the story that the reader is supposed to think about throughout the novel. "The sparrows are flying again," is the most frequently used and the hardest to figure out, although, "Home is where the start is," is another one used often. These little riddles keep the reader reading, trying to find out what they mean. A lot of the story is to find out instead of coming right out and saying it. Another part in which Stephen King seemed to drag on for too long was when Alan Pangborn was explaining the reasons why he thought the killer was Thad. These two parts combined were even boring though. Stephen King dragged on about the reasons Thad thought the killer was George Stark for much too long. He should have left that for the reader more tedious because they were the same exact reasons for the most part. For instance, Thad new he wasn't the killer so he thought it was George Stark because the man who committed the crime had the same fingerprints and the same blood type. For these