Text article “The thing is, I am a nonfiction writer.
I’m not a fiction writer.
My books are nonfiction.
So that’s why I wrote the books that I did.”
– Stephen King, to Vanity Fair in 2007.
“If you’re not a non-fiction writer, if you’re a novelist, if I didn’t write them, I wouldn’t have been able to get them published,” he said, referring to his bestselling novels, which have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.
“I think fiction writers are very talented writers.
And they write about the world.
That’s the world they live in.
If you’re an author who is writing about a fictional world, then you’ve written about a world that you’re writing about, not a fictional one.
And that’s the whole point.”
What’s more, in his books, King said, he doesn’t try to hide the fact that he wrote them.
“No, I don’t try and pretend that the characters don’t exist.
That was the purpose of my writing,” he told Vanity Fair.
“When I wrote my novels, I never pretended that any of the characters didn’t exist, because I never want to write about a place where there’s no characters.”
But as a non fiction writer, King acknowledged, he often has to tell readers that they don’t actually exist.
“Sometimes it’s a little bit of a double standard, you know, ‘Oh my god, you can’t do that,'” he said.
“But I’ve got to do that because I don, you’re supposed to write that way.”