Why We Crave Horror Movies By Stephen King

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“I think that we’re all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better – and maybe not all that much better, after all” (King, 2011, p. 561). Stephen King, a prolific author who writes popular horror novels (some of which have been turned into films themselves), wrote that opening sentence in his article about people’s love for horror films. In his article, “Why We Crave Horror Movies”, King argues that our sanity places itself front and center, whenever someone watches a horror movie. King states that there are the obvious reasons why we enjoy horror films, such as the search for a thrill or the simple amusement of the films. However, King also says that there are deeper roots to those points that are connected to our sanity. King claims that some movie attendees go to reassure their own sanity, and yet those who go for their own enjoyment may be treading that very line of sanity themselves (King, p. 562). All of these points are shown effectively in King’s article due to his use of simple writing, logos, and pathos. Instead of using psychological terms and over explaining his points, Stephen King uses an informal writing style. King uses this style to appeal to a wider audience and make his points easier to understand. There are often paragraphs that are one whole sentence long. This keeps the flow interesting without taking away from the material that the author wishes to cover. King also uses a simple vocabulary by choosing noncomplex words
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