I cannot think of an author in the history of all mankind who has written characters as well as Stephen K. The story, plot, theme, everything else practically matters not. For instance, who didn't start saying "cluster mug" after reading The Dome? Do you know one soul who did not accidentally drop a "Thankee Sai" after reading the Dark Tower? Can you honestly tell me you know a Stephen King reader who has not asked you to, "Pull up a rock and have a little palaver?" Anywho, the plot might could have been pedantic, predictable and plastic, but I wouldn't know because I don't pay attention to that. I'm way more intrigued how he can write a human being so real it's as if they are old friends.