So I've decided to start this thread because me and my wife have now decided to go through all his books, adaptations and other connected works. Don't know whether we'll ever finish the gargantuan task at hand, but let me dream for a while. So, @Ariana and everyone who wants to participate - feel free to discuss his books, screenplays, adaptations of his works etc. I have just finished Carrie (1974) My wife's currently reading it and afterwards we'll check out all the adaptations (I must admit to never having seen even the original DePalma one, classic it may be). I must say (to paraphrase Mr Ex-Garfunkel) I'm still not crazy after all these years - I find the story a tad simplistic, somewhat undercooked. Also, not really that scary or transgressive, though it just might be my preferences (on the other hand, my wife feels the same, so it's probably not just me). I actually think that he managed to capture all the female characters rather vividly and realistically for such an early point in a writer's career (of course, sometimes the writing style is still a bit heavy-handed, but that's probably expected). Yet I just don't get why this one's such a classic. Sure, it's his first (published) novel and I probably shouldn't expect much, but it was a huge success and it was already the book that put him on the map and I still can't really see why. Good, sure, but currently I'm 100 pages deep in Salem's Lot and it's already so much better I can't believe the novels were originally published only a year apart. Almost feels like an altogether different writer. [Though considering his situation at the time (more elaborated on in his book On Writing - still one of my most-read-ever books) I am glad it was such a success and it helped me to appreciate the book itself a bit more, but that's cheating, isn't it?] Anyway, I'll post some more on the adaptations or Salem, if I manage to finish it first (wife doesn't have that much time at the moment, so we'll see).