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[eBook-List] NYT has a new take on The Plant

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  • Mary E Tyler
    This guy has an interesting angle about the kind of writing King does and how it is best suited to be read. dej ... Thanks for using eBook-List, Discussion
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 1, 2000
      This guy has an interesting angle about the kind of writing King does
      and how it is best suited to be read.

      dej


      >
      >King Closure
      >
      >The suspension of "The Plant" ó Stephen King's online serial
      >novel ó after the fifth monthly installment gives rise to
      >all kinds of horticultural metaphors. But the one that
      >matters is that the soil was simply not rich enough.
      >
      >http://www.nytimes.com/2000/12/01/opinion/01FRI3.html
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    • Chris Rippel
      ... Reading the article reveals not that the soil wasn t rich enough, but rather that the gardner King didn t understand the relationship between his Plant
      Message 2 of 2 , Dec 1, 2000
        >>King Closure
        >>
        >>The suspension of "The Plant" ó Stephen King's online serial
        >>novel ó after the fifth monthly installment gives rise to
        >>all kinds of horticultural metaphors. But the one that
        >>matters is that the soil was simply not rich enough.
        >>
        >>http://www.nytimes.com/2000/12/01/opinion/01FRI3.html

        Reading the article reveals not that the "soil wasn't rich enough,"
        but rather that the gardner King didn't understand the relationship between
        his Plant and its soil.

        "[o]ne reads Stephen King novels in a single gulp. Their chief effect is
        suspense of a kind that cannot be drawn out over months. It is far better
        consumed in a single sitting, like a bag of hot popcorn or a bowl of cold
        cereal. 'The Plant' withered mainly because its author misunderstood the
        nature of his readership."

        The soil also may not understand the gardner.
        Readers complained when the price went from $1 to $2 a chapter.
        These readers may not be aware of the plan for release King announced soon
        after releasing chapter one. Long ago King claimed The Plant would be
        released this way.

        Chapter 1 is 5000 words = 20 pages for $1 = $.05 per page
        Chapter 2 is 6500 words = 26 pages for $1 = $.038 per page
        Chapter 3 is 11,000 words = 44 pages for $1 = $.023 per page
        Chapter 4 is 24,000 words = 96 pages for $2.50 = $.026 per page
        Chapter 5 is 24,000 words = 96 pages for $2.50 = $.026 per page
        Chapter 6 is 24,000 words = 96 pages for $2.50 = $.026 per page
        Chapter 7 is 24,000 words = 96 pages for $2.50 = $.026 per page
        The Plant is $13.00 or $.027 per page.

        If King's later chapters really are two to five times longer than chapter 1
        then the later downloads are a better deal.

        Thanks for reading,

        Chris Rippel crippel@...
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