Occasionally, writers and film makers gift us with a fictional universe.
Actually, this practice is becoming more common. Marvel has pretty well established theirs. DC is right behind them, and well, we can give DC a participation trophy for trying.
Joss Whedon created one, when he created Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Kurt Sutter is on his way to creating one, as we had Sons of Anarchy, and we will have The Mayans this fall.
There is something neat in seeing that one or more books (or movies or television shows) are connected and share characters.
Sometimes, however, these works of fiction share more than just characters, as what happens in one book, movie or show has a direct affect on another work of fiction. Marvel has spent years building up to this, in the form of Avengers: Infinity War.
Finally, we got Rocket Raccoon in the same movie as Iron Man! How cool is that?!
However, The King (cough, cough) of a shared universe is…
None other than The Master himself!
Over forty years ago, it began with the publication of Carrie, King’s first novel.
It grew to include that crazy number one fan, that gang of meddling kids, a guy who enjoys time travel, and many, many other novels.
Most importantly, it includes that story of your friendly neighborhood gunslinger. King himself has referred to his Dark Tower novels as the Jupiter of solar system, with several seemingly unrelated novels that have some sort of impact on our friendly neighborhood gunslinger and his quest.
And most recently, the Hulu TV series Castle Rock joins that universe. Even though King may not have “officially” written this JJ Abrams creation himself, I will be damned if I can tell (well, other than checking the credits on the internet.)
Castle Rock takes place in what could probably be King’s most notorious fictional setting (other than the unnamed town known as Pennywise the Clown’s personal buffet.)
Needful Things, The Body, The Dark Half, The Dead Zone and several other stories take place in Castle Rock.
I am always up for a visit to Castle Rock. In fact, it is one of my favorite King hangouts.
And so far, even though I have only watched two episodes, the show is reinforcing that feeling, making me feel like I am paying a visit to an old friend, where we chat as though we have never been apart.
So join me this week for my recap and review of my visit!