Misery Review

Just the other day, I read Misery, by Stephen King, in one fell sweep, and here is my review of it. In Misery, Paul Sheldon, a bestselling writer, gets in a car accident in rural Colorado while drunkenly driving around after finishing his latest novel. He is saved from the crash by Annie Wilkes, who happened to be passing by, but when Paul wakes up, he is in her guest bedroom, jacked on a strong drug, both of his legs broken from the crash, and in the mercy of Annie, who declares herself his greatest fan. However, when Annie discovers that Paul killed off his best-selling character, Misery Chastain, in a series of romance Victorian-era novels, she shows a completely different side of herself...

First off, from what I remember of the movie, the two are completely different, and although I don't know why I bother to even write this: the book was definitely better than the movie. And again, why do I bother, but the book was brilliant, as is anything written by Stephen King. One aspect I found particularly good, was the way in which the story was told. Everything is in third person, and yet, everything is from Paul's point of view, including all his back thoughts, his pain, and his fear. Also, the analogies may seem extremely far fetched and difficult to understand, but King effortlessly recounts some of Paul's childhood memories, and when he later writes such things as "the tide is in", or "the bee goddess", we immediately know what he is talking about. The characters are extremely deep, and in a way, understandable. Annie is also easy to understand, with the help of Paul's observations, and the visible pattern in her behaviour.

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To summarise, the book is awesome, stomach clenching (remember the 'hobbling' scene... ugh...), gripping, and impossible to set down. It really makes you think of people's psychology, and how the human body treats pain and addiction. The main thing I got from this however, is that I will never name my daughter, if I have one, Annie. It would be bad luck, and constantly creep me out.

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