Transcript for Stephen King and his son Owen King discuss their new novel, 'Sleeping Beauties'
It's one of the biggest movies out right now. Now he and his son are here talking about "Sleeping beauties." Great to see you guys. Welcome. I want to talk about the book. But first I have to ask you about "It." Surprised everybody with so many people going to see it this summer. What did you think of it? Well, I was a little bit surprised by how successful it was, but I think everybody loves a clown. And so, you know, it -- yeah. It's been a great thing. It's really been something. The sequel coming out now in 2019 as well. So let's talk about "Sleeping beauties," and Owen, this was your idea. We pitch ideas in the family all the time. It's a bunch of writers in the family. My mother is a writer and my brother is a writer, and I said, how about a story about all the women in the world not waking up one day? All of them? My dad said, that is a great idea. I said, why don't you write it? Because I wasn't, you know, I immediately knew it would be horrible, and sounded like a Stephen king book. This is probably a question you can't answer. Where does an idea like that come from? All the women in the world asleep. People ask you where you get your ideas, right? There's a little used idea shop I go. They just, you know, I could tell you where they come from, but then I would have to kill you. No. I mean, they come from everywhere, really. And when Owen pitched this idea to me, when he brought this idea up, I just, you know, all the lights went green inside my head, and I said, there are so many things you can do with this. I mean, first of all, how would men fold their shirts? You know, who would clean the ring in the toilet? All these things -- You know that. Men don't do. I thought, we got a real possibility here. You wanted him to write it. Yeah. So eventually we just agreed to collaborate, and that was the -- that was the compromise. This is the first time you collaborated. You're both writers of course. How did it go? It went pretty well. It went great. We're still here, you know? We batted it back and forth, and I would do a section, and he did a section, and we would re-write, and people want us to say we batted back and forth, but he didn't. You didn't? I would have an idea, and he would say no. He is the youngest of my wife and I's three children, and he is the bossiest, so basically if he says do this, then I pretty much did that, you know. But it worked out pretty well. We did re-write each other, and the result was it was almost like a third voice to the book. I want people to know who wrote what. Sometimes we can't remember. I get to play Oprah now. You're all going home with a
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