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Follow up on poll - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Follow up on poll
Well, looking at my data from the King poll--not the biggest sample ever, but hey, I'm not doing serious research ;)--I don't see any particular geographical trends in how people read the passages. Small town people are more likely to see it as a negative portrayal, but about 62%--steadily among rural, small town, and urbanites, with, to my surprise, a slight increase among surbanites--sees the tone as "loving it despite its flaws." Urbanites are most likely to see the view of people as positive. Neither small town nor urban classed it as "hostile," while one rural person and two suburbanites thought it was.

The place where I'd been surprised was a critic thinking that there was a kind of hostility toward people and a very negative worldview. As one of the things I'd always liked about King was what I perceived as a love for his people and a positive (if realist) worldview, I wondered if there was a disconnect in upbringing experiences that might lead to a different reading of tone. The poll suggests that my guess was off the mark, which is bad because I dislike guessing wrong, but good because I didn't like the idea of confirming that regional bias makes a huge difference in how a reader interprets tonal questions anyway. So it works out even from my point of view.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 3rd, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's possible. Someone might interpret the concept that evil exists independently--a running theme in King's work--as negative, whereas I, who take the existence of evil for granted, tend to see it as positive because people defeat it.
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