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This tale of a stereotypical nerd who buys a possessed car plays into the hands of those detractors who label Stephen King's work formulaic. I suspect it was the first time his fans felt cheated

The easiest period of Stephen King's writing to talk about is his early years. Back then, he was carving his own niche. He wasn't universally loved, but he was universally sold, and that was probably enough for him. He had his vices at this point, of course. They were well-hidden – and I'll talk more about that come Tommyknockers time – but they were there. Still, the books came, mainly because he had them squirrelled away. Different Seasons was published between Cujo and Christine, but it was written much earlier, back when King was perhaps more in control of what he was actually doing. Christine was the truth poking out from the lie of Rita Hayworth and The Body. »

- James Smythe

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