September 16th, 2020

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Fragments of thoughts

- In Stephen King's The Green Mile, John Coffey is very recognizably the Christ figure, even to the point of having the same initials. Don't know if King makes any references to this anywhere. Dostoevsky had his "prince Christ" note, but King in the afterword only talks about how he was interested in the format (serialized novel) and the setting (prison, death row, and what it does to a person)
- The narrator in The Green Mile sounds similar to the narrator in Gene Wolfe's The Shadow of the Torturer (although I couldn't finish that one — it was just too slow and weird)
- Both Dostoevsky's Christ and King's Christ are idiots. Curious.
- King has at least one another Christ-like figure in Desperation. It was written at about the same time as The Green Mile, but is much, much worse.
- King has another "idiot giant" character in Blaze. That's an early novel, from his Richard Bachman days, that he eventually decided to publish in 2007. In the foreword to Blaze, he says that the idiot giant character is an all too recognizable homage to Of Mice and Men
- Dickens. In the foreword to Blaze, King remembers Oscar Wilde's words that "it was impossible to read The Old Curiosity Shop without weeping copious tears of laughter", which haunted him when he was preparing Blaze for publication. In the afterword to The Green Mile, he reminisces about how influenced he was by Dickens' experience of writing in installments.
- Both in The Green Mile and in Hearts in Atlantis, King uses the same plot twist when a character touches another and passes, temporarily, a fraction of his supernatural powers with the touch.