Scary Films Are Hard to Watch

Movies can overwhelm me, and a scary movie will make me so uncomfortable that I cannot look. I have been watching the mini-series 11.22.63 based on a novel by Stephen King….yes, that Stephen King, master of the macabre.Screenshot 2016-03-25 21.26.02

I have read the book, so I know what is going to happen. Even with this “more-historical-than-horror” film series, I have (more than once) had to cover my eyes, or squeeze my eyes closed and hold my ears.

I am aware that there are elements in cinema that cause my brain to signal my heart to race or my hands to sweat. The psychologist Birgit Wolz, author of E-motion Picture Magic states,

“Because many films transmit ideas through emotion rather than intellect, they can neutralize the instinct to suppress feelings and trigger emotional release. By eliciting emotions, watching movies can open doors that otherwise might stay closed.”

I have interpreted this quote to mean that I should keep the door open so I can run out when the film gets too frightening!


Day #88 “Joyland” Author Confusion

Listening to National Public Radio this morning brought a chuckle.  Joyland  is the title of Stephen King’s new book (2014), and Joyland is also the title of Emily Schultz’s 2006  coming of age novel. This has confused readers who have been reviewing Schultz’s book as “lacking suspense” for a Stephen King title.

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Part of the confusion may lie in the use of the same title, but copyright law does not cover book titles:

Copyright law does not protect names, titles, or short phrases or expressions. Even if a name, title, or short phrase is novel or distinctive or lends itself to a play on words, it cannot be protected by copyright. 

There are instances of other books sharing similar names:

Great minds think alike…at least for titles.

So what was so amusing about this particular confusion between Schultz and King? Schultz realized the error when sales for her book increased and royalty checks came in. She started a website (Tumblr) called “Spending the Stephen King Money” where she posts about “IKEA trips, a haircut and a nice dinner out.”
Moreover,  Stephen King has promised to read her book.