“To me, Lord of the Flies has always represented what novels are for, what makes them indispensable. Should we expect to be entertained when we read a story? Of course. An act of the imagination that doesn’t entertain is a poor act indeed. But there should be more. A successful novel should erase the boundary line between writer and reader, so they can unite. When that happens, the novel becomes a part of life—the main course, not the dessert. A successful novel should interrupt the reader’s life, make him or her miss appointments, skip meals, forget to walk the dog. In the best novels, the writer’s imagination becomes the reader’s reality. It glows, incandescent and furious. I’ve been espousing these ideas for most of my life as a writer, and not without being criticized for them. If the novel is strictly about emotion and imagination, the most potent of these criticisms go, then analysis is swept away and discussion of the book becomes irrelevant.”

— Stephen King. Introduction to the Centenary Edition of William Golding’s novel “Lord of the Flies”. (via fuckyeah-unclesteve)


What’s past is past, and what’s ahead is ahead.

“Now, look, since when did you think being good meant being happy?”

— Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes (via vemardu)

“Darkness has always had its part to play. Without it, how would we know when we walked in the light? It’s only when its ambitions become too grandiose that it must be opposed, disciplined, sometimes—if necessary—brought down for a time. Then it will rise again, as it must. In the end, following the Dark Road is no less honorable than following the Light, as long as it is done with a clear purpose.”

— Jimothi, Abarat, by Clive Barker (via formerly-vanpelt)

“Roland could not understand why anyone would want cocaine or any other illegal drug, for that matter, in a world where such a powerful one as sugar was so plentiful and cheap.”

— Stephen King. “The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three”. (via fuckyeah-unclesteve)


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“I will love you forever; whatever happens. Until I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, until I find you again.”

— Phillip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass (via aristochronism)

“Anything with the power to make you laugh over thirty years later isn’t a waste of time. I think something like that is very close to immortality.”

— Stephen King. “Hearts in Atlantis”. (via fuckyeah-unclesteve)