Christine by Stephen King


Christine, Stephen King, 1983

My favorite quote: “If being a kid is about learning how to live, then being a grown-up is about learning how to die.”

Notable characters: Dennis Guilder, a high school jock; Arnie Cunningham, a high school geek … with a killer new car; Christine, the killer new car

Most memorable scene: Christine, hunting down the enemies of her man …

Greatest strengths: Its playlist. Stephen King tosses in some dang fine tunes here

Standout achievements: For me, I’d say it’s the way the narrative switches from third to first person POV, out of the middle of nowhere. The reason I call it a ‘standout achievement’ is because even though it should have totally yanked me out of the story and irritated me, it didn’t. I know. I can’t explain it either …

Fun Facts: In a 1984 interview about Christine, Stephen King said, “Seriously, I don’t know how Chrysler feels about Christine … but they should feel happy, because it’s a pretty lively car and it lasts a long time. It’s like a Timex watch, it takes a licking and goes on ticking.”

Other media: The 1983 film of the same name

What it taught me: That any idea can be a good idea, depending on the delivery. I mean, think about it: Christine is basically a book about a haunted car. Sounds kinda silly, right? Not the way Stephen King tells it, it ain’t …

How it inspired me: I’ve rarely seen a character arc as compelling and emotional as that of Arnie Cunningham’s in Christine. When it comes to (dramatic) evolution of characters, this is the yardstick by which all my efforts are measured

Additional thoughts: Is it just me, or is Christine a totally sexy name? I don’t know what it is about it that gets me all hot and bothered, but it does. Seriously. Mmmm …Chrisssstiiiinnne ….

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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