I’ll keep this short and sweet. If you’re a Stephen King fan, you’ve probably already read “Under the Dome.” In which case, you can go back to whatever you’re doing because you already know everything I’m about to explain to the uninitiated.
If you haven’t read Stephen King, his newest novel is not a bad way to kick off what will surely become an obsession.
King catches a lot of flack from some rather stuffy corners of the literary world because he writes “popular fiction.” The meaning of this is that he writes great stories populated with well crafted characters, but his writing is easy to read unlike all that overly-clever nonsense taught as literature in this day and age.
I hope none of you are English professors, but if you are, I don’t want to hear about it from you.
I’m always amazed when someone who otherwise enjoys reading tells me they don’t want to read a Stephen King novel. I’ll hear things like “It’ll scare me” or “I don’t like horror stories.” I’ll shake my head a bit, then give up. Some people like great stories, some people like sparkly teenage vampires.
The Dome does have something unnatural at the heart of the plot. But that plot is hidden under layers and layers of gripping human drama, the kind that is scary because you know it isn’t beyond the realm of possibility.