Monday, September 21, 2009

Misery, by Stephen King

I watched the 1990 movie adaptation and loved it, so given that King is one of my favorite authors, this book had been on my to-read list for a long time, and it didn't disappoint.

As I expected, the book has a lot more going on than what I remembered from the screen version, and it elicited fearful reactions and anxiety even though I generally knew what was going to happen.

King is a master of the horror genre and this is one of his best products, but I also have to give Kathy Bates and James Caan their dues, because the whole time I was reading, their faces were the ones I'd see. Their portrayals were so good that for all intents and purposes, they have become Annie Wilkes and Paul Sheldon respectively.

The story, briefly, is that of Paul Sheldon, famous writer, stranded by a car accident in a snowstorm at Annie Wilkes' secluded house. Wilkes takes care of him, while at the same time keeping him captive. Will Sheldon, once he realizes the gravity of the situation, manage to survive what she puts him through and maybe find a way out?

A must read.

Grade: 9

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