Stephen King’s novels are often best-sellers, and they inspire many popular films. They’re examples of prose fiction. Prose is a style of writing that is similar to the patterns of everyday speech. The term is generally used to distinguish ordinary writing from poetry. And, fiction refers to stories that come from a writer’s imagination, as opposed to nonfiction, which is factual. The most common forms of prose fiction are short stories and novels. A short story is a brief piece of prose fiction that involves a limited number of characters and settings and one conflict.
Fiction writers create particular voices to tell stories. When you read prose fiction, you “hear” a voice telling the story. The voice can be a character in the story or a voice that does not take part in the story.
In what person is this story told? Do you think this perspective made the story effective or ineffective? Explain.
How did you feel while listening to and watching this segment? What words contributed to your reaction? Do you think you would have reacted differently if you had only listened to the narration? What if you had read it only?
Why do you think the teacher in the video calls this story a “safe scare”?
How would you describe the “style” (personality) of this piece?