Originally Posted by RolandD
I think there will come a time where his lesser works are nearly forgotten and he is considered to be a shining example of late 20th century American literature. Of course, I expect this statement to be scoffed and laughed at, but remember that what we consider to be the best examples of authors of great literature from the past, are also those who were the most popular and widely read: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, Steinbeck, Hemingway...
I suspect that in 100 years, kids will complain about having to read The Stand
the way we complained about Crime and Punishment
I don't love King's prose all that much, and I haven't read him in ages, but I used to admire his ability to structure a novel and get a story out of it.