Oh, My Love For The Dark Tower Series

The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King is one in a million books that will capture your heart and attention. Stephin King and his persuasive writing make you fall in love and hate the lead character, Roland Deschain, all at the same time.

In his mission to find the man in black, the gunslinger travels through worlds, meets people, and fights himself more often than any other assailant. Not to be confused with The Dark Tower, the movie, the books hold my heart, and the Ka-tet and their travels hold no comparison when it comes to a Hollywood Film that could have never held a candle to the world fans have fallen in love with.

In different worlds, you travel through different parts of Roland’s life; as usual, Stephen King tends to have you sitting on the edge of your seat from the very beginning. In the first book as you learn of the world and the mission of Roland. The last gunslinger follows the man in black and encounters some less than lovable characters. But if the speaking demons and murderous preachers don’t appeal to you, Jake will. 

Jake Chambers is a boy from the world we live in and becomes a part of Rolands ka-tet. The distance of Roland from the start makes you feel for Jake, and as Roland tirelessly follows through with his mission, Jake captures a more innocent and playful side of the darkness. 

The relentless search for The Dark Tower is Rolands only concern throughout the book, Rolands motivation and main objective never change. The last gunslinger and the worlds he has seen have all been for one primary purpose, The Dark Tower.

To do each book justice, I would have to write for years even to begin to create a worthy snapshot of the world and characters created by Stephen King in this series.

Whether you adore Stephen King as much as I do or are not a fan of his more famous works, The Dark Tower series is a strong and perhaps more realistic fantasy world than many in the mainstream.

The Characters

Obviously, Roland is our main character, who finds Jake on his mission to find The Man In Black at the end of his first book. Then we go on to discover our other questionable yet lovable, Ka-tet members. Eddie and Odetta have a back story that leads you to question whether or not you should like or trust them. Eddie, a heroin addict, and Odetta, a woman who lost her legs and has split personalities. 

Of course, as the Ka-tet forms, you encounter more characters that make them seem normal. A train that loves riddles takes the team on a joy ride through the wastelands. A Billy-bumbler named Oy becomes Jakes Companion, and in all the travels you meet, fall in love with, despise, and fear the many characters you fall in love with.

Susanna Dean, Father Calhoon, even our villain Balbazar becomes part of the world you grow to love.

The Dark Tower Quotes

Stephen King always has a way with words that turns any situation into a poetic description that leaves you wanting more. The motto of the Gunslinger rings through my mind now and then. 

I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I aim with my eye. I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I shoot with my mind. I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.I kill with my heart.”

-Roland

Stephen King, The Dark Tower

Perhaps it is Roland’s advice and way of explanation that makes me not only admire him but somehow feel sorry for him all at the same time. 

The poetic storytelling of a profound pessimist draws you to ache for him in a way.

“And will I tell you that these three lived happily ever after? I will not, for no one ever does. But there was happiness. And they did live.”

Stephen King, The Dark Tower

And the advice that is given in the series that sticks in your mind, even years later. 

“What I’m saying is that I’m trying to find rational reasons to explain irrational feelings, and that’s never a good sign.”

Stephen King, The Dark Tower

Or even the small, yet logical, comedy that Stephen King adds in when needed.

“Remember in elementary school you were told that in case of fire, you have to line up quietly in a single file from smallest to tallest? What is the logic in that? What, do tall people burn slower?”

Stephen King, The Dark Tower

Or

“I used to work for this guy before I came here…He used to tell me that ‘never’ is the word God listens for when he needs a laugh.”

Stephen King, The Dark Tower

Conclusion

Whether the simplicity of an explanation-

“She was pretty once, but the world had moved on since then.”

Stephen King, The Dark Tower

Or the humor that peeks out of Roland once in a while. The Dark Tower Series is a grand mixture of truths, fantasy, and metaphor, resulting in a world where the characters are sometimes less than likable people who grow to be the people you wish were beside you in life. 

Perhaps it is not the world that I fantasize about, but it is the bind of the Ka-tet, the honesty of Roland, the loyalty of Oy, and the world in which evil was seen and celebrated instead of hidden by a mask and a smile.

With the words of a master author and the imagination of a wild woman, the Dark Tower drew me in and left me wanting more. 

Whether you are weirded out by my slight obsession or intrigued by a book that can spawn sure emotion, I hope you realize what you’re missing out on by not giving “The Dark Tower Series” by Stephen King a chance.

To learn more about Stephen King and his work I recommend visiting https://stephenking.com

To buy the Dark Tower Series in all of its glory! I found a complete set!

 

Till next time

“Go then. There are other worlds than these.”

 Stephen King, The Dark Tower

 

Thank you for reading!

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