Misery by Stephen King

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Paul Sheldon, you poor man.

Apparently Misery is quite a popular Stephen King book. I completely admit to not even hearing of it until it was mentioned in the Stephen King vs Edgar Allan Poe Epic Rap Battle of History. And there’s even a movie of it, which I’ve never seen but now I kind of want to. I mean, come on, Kathy Bates. She’s pretty great.

Paul Sheldon is an author, famous for writing a series of regency romantic books about a character called Misery Chastain. Sheldon has grown to hate the Misery series, and gleefully kills her off at the end of the final book of the series. He’s now finished his newest book, a “serious” work of fiction, and celebrates by driving cross-country. In a snow storm, his cars slides off the road in a horrible accident. When he awakes, it’s in the hands of Annie Wilkes. She saved him from the wreckage of his car, and has been nursing him back to health because she’s his #1 fan. She has not alerted the authorities. When she finishes the newest Misery novel, she flies into a rage and demands that Paul write a book to bring Misery back, just for her. And if he doesn’t… well, she has ways of making him.

Annie is mother-fucking CRAZY. Whole numerous baskets of crazy. Paul spends most of his days writhing in agony from his horribly mangled legs, and becomes hooked on painkillers. Eventually he starts to write the Misery novel that Annie wants, using the act of writing as a way to escape his horrible reality.

Sooooo. Misery was good. Kind of your typical disturbing thriller book. The villain was crazy, the things that happened to Paul were terrible… but overall, I can’t say I actually really enjoyed the book, or even the characters. This might be why I don’t read this genre often – after the book is done, my only real comments is “Well that was messed up.” and I go on my merry way. It was a good distraction read, easy to kind of sink in to – but nothing to write home about.

On the plus side, I officially completed my R.I.P IX challenge! And a month early at that. I may fit in another King novel or some darker comics before Halloween, but we’ll see. I’m looking forward to some more light-hearted reads right now.

Sarah Says: 3 stars

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12 comments

  1. I’m wild about Misery. Though I have to admit that my memories of the book are probably mixed up with the memories of the movie. πŸ˜‰ When I think of the characters I think of James Caan and Kathy Bates, so… I can’t recommend the movie enough. (Also, if you can find it, Family Guy did a hilarious episode in homage to Misery and it’s awesome.)

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