Stephen King Continues to Clarify How Coronavirus Differs from ‘The Stand’

Stephen King at a special screening of 'IT'

In recent years, Stephen King has been as outspoken about his political beliefs as he has been prolific in his writing. Many of King’s books deal with supernatural horrors, including demonic clowns and telekinetic teens. But one of his most famous works also deals with a pandemic some are saying mirrors the current coronavirus crisis.

Published in 1978, The Stand is a post-apocalyptic tale following the survivors of a weaponized strain of influenza. Because coronavirus is obviously dominating the headlines, many King fans are curious just how similar the real-life pandemic is to the one in The Stand.

Stephen King at a special screening of ‘IT’ | Scott Eisen/Getty Images for Warner Bros.Stephen King has acknowledged similarities to ‘The Stand’

The author, for his part, has directly addressed the purported connection between his famous book and the coronavirus. Even before coronavirus was declared a national emergency in the United States, King was making it clear where he stood.

“No, coronavirus is NOT like THE STAND,” King tweeted on March 8, 2020. “It’s not anywhere near as serious. It’s eminently survivable. Keep calm and take all reasonable precautions.”

However, coronavirus has become a much graver concern over time. So fans wondered if, in between tweets about the political landscape, King would have anything else to say about how the current medical crisis compares or contrasts to his novel.

No, coronavirus is NOT like THE STAND. It’s not anywhere near as serious. It’s eminently survivable. Keep calm and take all reasonable precautions.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 8, 2020Now he’s drawn a direct comparison to coronavirus

On March 22, 2020, King again mentioned how the coronavirus fits with his version of a pandemic in The Stand. But his response was a lot less definitive than it had been just two weeks earlier. Perhaps shaken by how the United States is handling the crisis, King sees much more in common this time around. He even shared a clip from an audiobook of The Stand.

“Chapter 8 of THE STAND,” King tweeted. “This is how it works. Heed. (But remember COID-19 [sic] is not as lethal as the superflu.)”

Although he had previously discouraged fans from comparing the two, here King is using his novel to draw a direct connection to coronavirus. Certainly, the author is known for inspiring fear in his readers. But considering how The Stand‘s pandemic turned out,

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet


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