I recently re-read Stephen King’s Dark Tower Saga because, clearly, I have too much time on my hands (see also: starting this blog). Also, Stephen King was one of my favorite authors through high school and college (although I haven’t read his stuff as voraciously since he “retired”), and the Dark Tower was my first introduction to his work. So, it’s always held a special place in my heart and, for the first time since finishing the last book back in 2004, I really wanted to revisit that world.
In any case, even as I was starting the series, I kept thinking about something King does near the ending. And I started musing about how it compared to other devices in other media.