Do you ever think to yourself while reading a Stephen King novel that, “sure, it’s good, but it could be longer.” Well, guess what, Stephen is finally listening to you.
King’s new novel, Under the Dome, due out this November, comes in at a whopping 1120 pages. Oh, but what could it be about that it would need 1120 pages?
Set in the town of Chester’s Mills, Maine, “on an entirely normal, beautiful fall day”, inhabitants suddenly find that the town has been sealed off by an invisible force field. “Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as ‘the dome’ comes down on it, people running errands in the neighbouring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact,” King revealed on his website. “No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when – or if – it will go away.”
King also added: “”Since it’s over a thousand pages long, I sure hope people like it,” he said earlier this year.” You mean “FINISH” it, Stephen.
Do you suppose that King and Joyce Carol Oates get together every other day or so and talk about how many pages they can publish in a year? It’s the Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig of publishing.