When stupid people ruin it all…

I’m a big Stephen King fan. It was kind of unavoidable growing up in my house. My mother was a fan before most of the world knew King’s name.

This past week I finally got a copy of two of his newer releases, Duma Key and Blaze. Duma Key was written by Stephen King. Blaze was written back in 1973 by his alter-ego, Richard Bachman.

I haven’t read every Bachman book, but every one I have read I really, really like. Even though ‘Stephen King’ seeps through sometimes, they really do feel like they’re written by someone else. As much as I love Stephen King, I think I like Richard Bachman better. of course, his output wasn’t nearly as prolific as King’s, so there was less chance of hitting sour notes (*cough* Tommyknockers *cough*). So, I chose to read Blaze first.

I read the introduction this morning and a couple of things really disturbed me. First, the front page that lists other books by Richard Bachman. There was one glaring omission. And then, in the introduction by Stephen King, that omission is mentioned but dismissed as a mistake!

I know why he feels the way he does about Rage. I suppose if something I wrote influenced someone to commit violent acts, I wouldn’t look so kindly on that work either. However, I personally think Rage is one of the best things he ever wrote. It just so happens that I’m not a disturbed, anti-social human who reads it and thinks, “Hey, I sympathize with this character (which I do) therefore, I should try to emulate him and do exactly what he does.”

The book is no longer in print.

I don’t like censorship. I don’t like limiting freedoms because of the stupidity of others. I choose to wear my seatbelt – but I don’t think it should be required for anyone over 18. I personally don’t like guns, but I also don’t have a problem if an adult who can prove they’re responsible with firearms has one. This list could go on and on, but I think I’ve made my point.

It all reminds me of when I was a kid. I loved bottle rockets, but when I was around 8 or so I leaned over the bottle – right after my dad told me not to. I was therefore banned from bottle rockets for a very long time. When I was finally allowed to shoot them again, I never – ever- leaned over the bottle again. My parents made my safety their responsibility, and no one else’s. Most of my friend’s parents seemed to parent in this same manner as well.

So, why is it, that my generation is raising a mess of spoiled, pampered, ‘nothing is your fault, dear – it’s society’s’ assholes? I’ve met some exceptions, certainly, but for the most part, the next generation is a bunch of passing-the-buck jerks!

I have yet to figure out when and why this mental shift happened. Was it a ‘I want to be friends with my kids because I personally thought my parents were tyrants’ attitude? Or were we raised by parents who were too lenient as well and we just continued this trend?

Ugh. I could continue to bitch about today’s kids, but I suppose I should stop. I mean, I’m only 35. What am I going to be like when I’m 60? Hee hee.

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2 Responses to “When stupid people ruin it all…”

  1. Meridith March 3, 2008 at 8:09 pm #

    I haven’t read Tommyknockers yet….I’ve probably read about half? or so of King’s books. I have to agree that Rage was a really good story. I remember a college friend of mine was excited because he wrote a script for it-he could picture it all in his head, how would be all laid out. And then I told him (I felt bad afterwards..) that King had pulled it off the market….he was like huh? why?-I said you know, the school shootings….. oh..ok…

    I figure it was a good PR move on King’s part. I certainly hope people don’t really believe that one book would cause school shootings. maybe in 1 case, it was a tiny piece of kindling for the fire….would have happened without the book, or at least something would have happened regardless. The only thing about the seatbelt thing for me is that if someone gets in an accident, we have to pay their medical bills in the long run. of course you could say the same for smoking, eating bad, etc. I have mixed feelings on guns. I think some of the school shootings happen in part (only in part) because of the easy access/availability….its such a huge issue, people can’t just blame it on one thing (guns, books, games), its a societal issue (LOL Yeah I’m one of htose it’s society’s assholes, I can’t help it!!!)

    I think bottle rockets are banned in Maine? I only used the sparklers as a kid LOL.

  2. Meridith March 3, 2008 at 8:12 pm #

    oh yeah: wanted to add, I think the kids that are involved in school shootigns aren’t the type that are friends with their parents-moreso they are the types that are completely ignored by absent parents-emotionally neglected. At least the columbine ones….could you imagine your kids being involved in nazi stuff (apparnelty they were into it before the shootings) and not know it? wow……the other kids are either physically abused by parents or bullied in school…..with no community anymore to help raise them….wow Ijm rambling I shoudl go to bed!

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