Horror icon Stephen King has a simple message for his fans, stop comparing the Coronavirus outbreak to his post-apocalyptic novel, The Stand.
First published in 1978, The Stand follows a group of survivors after a weaponized strain of influenza is accidentally released causing a global pandemic. The novel was had a profound influence of pop-culture, with numerous post-apocalyptic using it as a source of inspiration.
It’s also because of its status in pop-culture that many have compared the Coronavirus outbreak to The Stand. During such outbreaks, it has been common to compare it to works of pop-culture. Plots of The Walking Dead and Resident Evil have also been compared to the outbreak. Despite the attention to his work, Stephen King would like fans to stop comparing the Coronavirus outbreak to The Stand.
In a Tweet, Stephen King has asked fans to stop comparing the outbreak to the novel:
While post-apcolyptic comparssions are fun, it’s better to be more cautious. Many experts have advised to not panic but do take the necessary per-cautions. Because of the outbreak, numerous major events have been cancelled during the month.
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