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short story that best shows the type and technique of Stephen Kings writing is The Body The Body which has been adapted into to a Hollywood movie was first published in the collection of short stories called Different Seasons The story is a tale of four twelve year old friends who at the end of one summer go out on a journey in into the woods to see a dead body While on their journey they learn about life friendship and are propelled from innocent to experienced On the surface of the story it appears to be simple journey with its occasional mishaps but the true magnificence is that this story has a strong autobiographical coincidence The main character Gordie Lachance is a boy growing up on his own through the memory of his dead older brother Growing up Gordie an avid story teller dreamed of becoming a writer Before his brothers accidental death all his parents would ever care about was his brother Since his death Gordies parents have presumably shut themselves away from Gordie This to a certain degree is true of King Because of his father leaving when Stephen was two and his mother taking on around the clock jobs he never really had any parental guidance The story itself is written with Gordie narrating in the present time look back at the journey At the time of his flashback Gordie is a best selling author who has returned to his home town of Castle Rock to revisit his past This is ironic because at the time Stephen wrote the story he himself had just moved from Bolder Colorado back home to the town of Bangor Kings childhood home town of Durham is used
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