Stephen King Why We Crave Horror Movies Summary

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“Why we Crave Horror Movies” is an essay written by the most popular horror author, who works included Carrie (1974), The Shining (1977), The Dead Zone (1979) and Misery (1987), Stephen King. The excerpt originally came from his book “Danse Macabre.” “Why we Crave Horror Movies” was originally published in Playboy Magazine in 1981. The essay was an explanation of why King felt that people craved horror movies. He goes into great detail throughout the essay and gave various reasons of he felt the way he did. While reading the first the that came to mind was the ‘target audience’ because he is speaking to a certain group of people. Then ‘logos’ because King is making a huge assumption throughout the essay, which came of very strong. Lastly, ethos’ because of the tone King sets in the essay, and ‘pathos’ because overall King has a purpose for the essay he wrote. ‘Target audience’ was the first thing that came to mind when reading this essay, because in the beginning it said that this essay was published in Playboy Magazine. Playboy Magazine’s target audience has always been adult men, mainly due to the content of the magazine that extends beyond the literature published in it. Because it was published in that specific magazine, you can make the assumption that King’s target audience was adult men whose forms of entertainment choices could be deemed as “thrill seeking”. Secondly, the essay’s logos presented within a huge assumption which was stated within the very beginning
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