You’ve probably seen all of those who would you want to be quarantined with lists circulating. It’s a valid question to consider. But have you ever stopped to think about who would be the worst person to be quarantined with? Author Stephen King stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week to promote his new book If It Bleeds and divulged which of his characters he absolutely would not want to be stuck indoors with.
King has a lot of awful sorts to choose from, but it probably wouldn’t surprise you to know King picks Annie Wilkes from Misery. King didn’t even skip a beat when saying the character he would least like to be quarantined with is Annie Wilkes. He joked Annie would make him write a story and it would all end terribly. Next on the list was of course, Jack Torrance from the 1980 horror classic, The Shining. King said he worried that Jack would start writing, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
Uh, yes, I would also be concerned about that happening.
Carrie, The Shining, It, Misery, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep… Those all have characters we would rather not be stuck in a house with. Things are scary enough as is. Case in point: in the interview with Colbert, King says, “imagination is a terrible thing” during this time. He says he can imagine germs as big “as wagon wheels” on his hands after he gets groceries. Well, thanks Stephen King. Now I am also imagining that.
And as they conclude their conversation, the duo switches gears to talk about The Lord of the Rings. Colbert loves Middle-earth, and he knows King does as well. They nerd out about Samwise Gamgee, a character they both agree is their favorite. King discusses how Lord of the Rings taught him to write fiction. It is the most pure discussion.
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