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DT:and so it begins

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Posted on 2010.09.09 at 20:20

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primroseburrows at 2010-09-10 01:27 (UTC) ()
Go to the first couple of pages here (use the look-inside-the-book feature).

Skip past the intro and preface or whatever (they're actually good, though), and read the first two pages or so of Chapter One (if you click on the cover and then "first pages" it'll take you right there).

There's a pretty good description of Roland there that tells you a lot about Roland's appearance and mannerisms without actually describing his facial features, something I've always liked because then I can use my imagination. Then tell me what you think--and also tell me if the opening sentence isn't made of nineteen kinds of awesome.

*edited for adding stuff*

Edited at 2010-09-10 01:31 (UTC)
peacey at 2010-09-10 02:59 (UTC) ()
I read The Gunslinger earlier this year, and from what I know of Roland (which is limited to that book only), I think Viggo is a good fit. As for the opening line, it was the best thing about the book. I know you love the series, and I'm happy that it speaks so meaningfully to you (and a ton of other people). It just doesn't resonate for me.
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primroseburrows at 2010-09-10 06:31 (UTC) ()
Well, that's because you've only read the first book. The rest of the series is nothing like it, save for plot (and even that is a little stretchy).
peacey at 2010-09-10 12:38 (UTC) ()
All publishing professionals who have anything to do with the writing craft will tell you that a reader needs to be "hooked" as quickly as possible. Some would even say this has to be by the end of the first paragraph. I gave King an entire book to hook me. He didn't do it. If I don't care about the characters, I don't continue with them. :(
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primroseburrows at 2010-09-10 22:19 (UTC) ()
The thing with the DT is, SK wrote most of The Gunslinger when he was nineteen years old. The rest came years later, and the feel of those books are different. Plus, there are a ton more characters and entirely different settings and POVs.

I mean, personally, I love The Gunslinger. but the tone is entirely different from the rest of the story, and although I connected, I didn't...bond, I guess, until I met Eddie (and seriously, it was love at first sight). It still took me years to let myself love Roland--he's a hard guy to love, and he's supposed to be.

In any case, YMMV, nonetheless. :)

Edited at 2010-09-10 22:19 (UTC)
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