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As if writing a multi-part story connected to all his other stories wasn't taxing enough, King went out of his way to revise the first installment of "The Dark Tower" in As he tells it, the original version needed some cleaning up: I was not surprised to find a high degree of pretension in Roland's debut appearance not to mention what seemed like thousands of unnecessary adverbs.
I removed as much of this hollow blather as I could, and do not regret a single cut made in that regard. Since he worked on the revision in the lead-up to the last few installments in the series, there's an argument to be made that he simply took advantage of a rare opportunity to revise a chunk of his singular epic, as one would revise a chapter of a manuscript before publishing.
The other opinion you can take is that he's pulling a George Lucas, making a "Special Edition" that unfairly messes with the original work. Of course, Lucas' proved he couldn't stop messing with his old films, while it seems like the revised "Gunslinger" is it, period. That still leaves the door open for King to revise other novels in the series, which he has publicly considered doing.
King's revision of "The Stand" added hundreds of pages he chopped out of his manuscript back into the novel. If King were to go back and change any other "Tower" novels, it's possible he could use as heavy a hand as he did then. There's always good reason to discuss the merits of originals and revised versions, but at the end of the day there's the matter of practicality too: the original versions of both "The Gunslinger" and "The Stand" have been out of print for years.
You can either pay a premium for the old versions or just accept that King treats his novels like malleable, editable stories. Likewise, King's already proven that he's fine with going back and adding to his story between installments.
According to one review the book proves itself necessary as a transition from the earlier "Tower" novels to the last three, which were quite notably influenced by the then-new "Harry Potter" books King goes as far to include flying balls called "sneetches" bearing the letters "HPJKR" in their serial number. King has at least shown a commitment to making his changes and additions to the series canonically airtight.
The guide was later revised and published separately as an aid for anyone looking for a canonical guide to series. Furth now works for Marvel on the "Tower" comic adaptations, and the Concordance itself was updated and revised upon the release of "Wind Through the Keyhole. The Accident That Changed King — And Helped Finish The Tower Normally, a reading order should be more concerned about canon, character development and cultural impact than with biographical details about the author.
Of course, in this case you can kinda throw that out the window after the first time King connects back to his past work. Without spoiling too much, Stephen King appears in the series himself. Explicit self-inserts are a common enough trope. They can be amusing, surreal, vaguely upper-crust literary and post-modern — and of course, the idea easily slots right into a multiverse scenario.
There's the world you're reading, and the over in our universe next door there's the author writing it. Fun, right?
King's self-insert comes from a dark place. On June 19th, , he was hit by a minivan while out for a walk near his beach house. It was a serious collision: this New York Times profile of King goes into squirm-inducing detail about the accident and his recovery.
James Rollins. The Chalk Man. The Boy.
Tami Hoag. I Know You Know. Gilly Macmillan. An Unwanted Guest. Shari Lapena. Iain Reid. Lethal White. Robert Galbraith.
Juror 3. Leave No Trace. Mindy Mejia. Run Away. Harlan Coben. Washington Black. Esi Edugyan. Robin Cook. Pieces of Her. Karin Slaughter. Nine Perfect Strangers. Liane Moriarty. The Clockmaker's Daughter. Kate Morton. Seven Days. The Witch Elm. Tana French.
The Death of Mrs. Ruth Ware. Neon Prey. Watching You. Lisa Jewell. Look Alive Twenty-Five. Janet Evanovich. Half Spent Was the Night. Ami McKay. In a House of Lies. Ian Rankin. Mitch Albom. Little Heaven. Nick Cutter. The President Is Missing. The Homecoming. Andrew Pyper. The Lost Queen. Signe Pike. Blood Communion. Anne Rice. Ashley Bell. Walking Shadows. Faye Kellerman.
The Stormlight Archive, Books The Pharaoh Key. Lincoln Child. The Perfect Family. Shalini Boland. Women Talking. Miriam Toews. The Silent Patient. Alex Michaelides. The House Next Door.
The Proposal. When the Lights Go Out. Mary Kubica. Texas Ranger. The Liar's Wife. Samantha Hayes. Mistborn Trilogy. We, the Jury. Robert Rotstein. The Stand. Stephen King. Then, starting with King's thousand-plus page epic "The Stand," things start to get complicated. Our suggested reading order prunes the branches of the narrative according to a simple ruleset: If a character or setting that appears in "The Dark Tower" series is prominently featured in another King story, it makes the list.
It's one of the big appeals of the series that's hard to get across in a jacket-blurb or simple summary: King goes absolutely hog-wild with multiverse stuff and the metafictional implications raised by it all.
He routinely digs back ten, twenty years into his own output and pulls those ideas into "The Dark Tower," gesturing at larger ideas about fiction itself along the way.
Towards the end of the series, King wraps in a bunch of characters that appeared first in other books, so those stories take positions on the list before the corresponding "Tower" debuts of those characters.
If the connection between a story and "The Dark Tower" is less explicit — if a passing reference could easily be looked past or understood through cultural osmosis — then the book doesn't make the list. Two prequel stories are placed after the fourth book's extended flashback to make for an extended break from Roland's present day.
Between writing the fourth and fifth installments, King fretted over how he should go about completing the series. One particularly unpleasant experience — plus the rise of a certain boy wizard — spurred King to wrap up the series in a concentrated sprint. That started with the release of "Wolves of the Calla" a backdoor sequel to "Salem's Lot" and a revised edition of "The Gunslinger.
If you just want to read "The Dark Tower" saga without inserting the other relevant novels, then reading in chronological order still makes good sense more on the "4. As for the comic book adaptations and prequels: while overseen and approved by King, those don't make the list simply because we're sticking to original, from-the-author source material here.
As a suggestion, you should save the comics until after finishing the books, since they've been adapted with the greater arc of the saga in mind.
Cobbling together any kind of Stephen King reading list is difficult; he's too prolific and too fond of weaving together his stories. Other "Dark Tower" reading lists proposed by "Tower junkies" over the years proved invaluable in trying to sort out which novels and short stories are truly crucial and should make the cut here.
Still, some completionist out there surely believes that you must read everything King's written to get the "proper" experience of "The Dark Tower. It's one thing to remember that one novel takes place in the same neck of the woods as another. Keeping track of characters and ideas across a thirty year span of King's output is considerably harder. There's no way King expects or demands this level of vigilance from his readers: his official site tracks "Dark Tower" connections in a matter-of-fact manner that helps differentiate simple references from plot points, and he's always known that even some of his biggest fans will never bother making it through the "Tower" saga: Sometimes, when I do readings, I'll ask those present to raise their hands if they've read one or more of my novels.
Since they've bothered to come at all — sometimes going to the added inconvenience of hiring a babysitter and incurring the added expense of gassing up the old sedan — it comes as no surprise that most of them raise their hands.
Then I'll ask them to keep their hands up if they've read one more Dark Tower stories. When I do that, at least half the hands in the hall invariably go down.
There's a dog that looks like Cujo Pennywise from "It" won't tie into a Stephen King cinematic universe this September — you'll just see his name on a sign in "The Dark Tower. Just like how you don't need to have seen or read these stories by King to get the easter eggs, you don't need to read every last story that's connected to "The Dark Tower" to have a satisfying experience.
It's the difference between picking up on what "shining" means versus knowing, for instance, the whole backstory to a man named "Dinky.