I think there's a lot more experimentation and range in King's recent work than he gets credit for. Sure, he still writes "The Latest King Novel" type books, like Duma Key
or (God help us) Dreamcatcher
, but there's also less classifiable work like Hearts in Atlantis
, From a Buick 8
, the end of The Dark Tower
, and some of the more literary stories in Everything's Eventual
. Like any writer he reuses some motifs and themes, but there's plenty of variation within them too. At any rate, I think he writes what he wants to write, and if he produces a lot of standard fare that's because he believes in that kind of story.