Warning: Mild spoilers for IT Chapter Two below.
Stephen King can’t write a good ending.
At least, that’s what naysayers have been claiming for much of the author’s decades-long career. Over the years, displeased fans have demanded rewrites, screen adaptors have substituted their own conclusions in lieu of King’s, and literary snobs with axes to grind have griped that horror’s most renowned writer isn’t “all that good.”
In a recent article from the Telegraph, critic Jake Kerridge went so far as to claim King doesn’t particularly care about crafting perfect finales — citing lines from King’s memoir On Writing as proof of a steadfast storytelling philosophy that fans should learn to (lovingly) accept as part of the King canon. Read more…