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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know ... that's why I don't try to write stories about dark towers.

People often claim that King's stories have disappointing endings. (I never really did.) If so, then in a way it's fitting that the Dark Tower, once you climb it, is a bit of a disappointment.

But I can't think of an ending that would be more satisfying AND stick to the metaphor he used.

Doesn't mean I hadn't hoped to find one.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So you can't imagine a better ending either. Very Happy

It was...right. (I don't usually have a problem with his endings, although I know people who do.)

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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So you can't imagine a better ending either. Very Happy

Correct. But I won't take that as evidence that a better ending wasn't possible.

And it might very well be that the direction King chose made it impossible to have a better ending without violating his own story. That would be an intrinsic flaw in the story he was telling. Which doesn't decrease the disappointment.

hmmm... according to DT, King doesn't actually write his stories, he's only a channel for Gan. But when he completes his story, he gets the reward for it, which enables him to write more stories. And plausibly Gan becomes assured that he is a good channel for more stories. The end result of both of these is that the culmination of a story enables new stories. Similiarly for readers, when you finish a story, you begin a new one. The old story is put aside once it's over, in all cases. And, as we know, every story borrows something from other stories, as it's a shared universe of sorts (united by the Dark Tower), so certainly any new story King writes will have to somehow lift something from his earlier stories.

Therefore, I suppose a good and also valid ending to DT might have had the gunslinger emerge, somewhat superficially transformed, as a new character in a new story, where the quest for the dark tower takes on some other form.

Would that be a bit better?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm, I like that actually. Excellent idea.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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So you can't imagine a better ending either. Very Happy

It was...right. (I don't usually have a problem with his endings, although I know people who do.)

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How about the same ending, just executed better? I could live with that.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Certainly I could too. Maybe "arrived at more elegantly."

But it's a subjective, subjective world. Very Happy What's better? Laughing

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