Review: Misery – Stephen King

Misery – Stephen King

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Title: Misery

Author: Stephen King

Release Date: June 3, 1988

Publisher: Signet

Format: paperback

Page Number: 338

Source: book club

Paul Sheldon. He’s a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader—she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house. Now Annie wants Paul to write his greatest work—just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an ax. And if they don’t work, she can get really nasty…

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Paul Sheldon is the author of many people’s favorite books; stories dealing with a character named Misery. He has been a writer for as long has he can remember, but doesn’t always love it. One night he is at a bar moping around about his ex-wife. He leaves the bar quite drunk and slides around on the snowy ice on the twisty roads. He crashes his car very badly, but gets picked up by a seemingly nice lady. He wakes up when he’s laying in a bed in her guest bedroom in her shabby home. He gets scared because he has no idea where he’s at, but also because the woman who picked him up is a little out-of-the-ordinary. Annie Wilkes is Paul’s biggest fan. She has read all of his books and will continue to read everything he writes; she’s obsessive. She finds him on the side of the road and immediately recognizes him as her favorite author. He gets creeped out because she doesn’t take him to hospital for his broken legs from the accident. She “treats” him at her house and dopes him up with highly addictive pain meds. Annie wants another Misery novel written just for her, because she’s helping him out so much by opening her house to him. She forces him to write her the next novel, Misery’s Return, on a broken typewriter. Annie holds him captive until he finishes the book up to par. Annie Wilkes is holding him against his will, and he has no idea why.

I read this book for book club, and it is creepy! I have never read a Stephen King book, so I was expecting to be creeped out, but oh my gosh. This was freaky in a physiological way. Annie Wilkes was crazy, which in turn led Paul to become crazy. He went through so much crap just because he was the author of her favorite books. That’s freaky, and is probably the worst nightmare of a lot of authors. I found this book to be quite entertaining, and extremely engaging. I ALWAYS wanted to know what was going to happen next. There weren’t many dull points in the book, but I really did not like reading the story that he was writing. It was hard to connect with because it was supposed to be the last in the series; you had no idea who the characters were or why they were freaking out. The end of this book is so good. Really creepy and messed up, but very good. The last 100 pages were definitely worth the read!

Characters:

Paul Sheldon was just an ordinary guy living a pretty ordinary life. He dealt with divorce, confusion, and probably some depression. He was a middle-age man who wrote books for a living. Nothing too spectacular, but Annie Wilkes was quite a character. She was scary and creepy and just downright odd. You find out about halfway through this book some of the things she’s done, but you find out because she’s documented EVERYTHING. That’s more than a little creepy. One of the scariest things about her was that she had extreme mood swings. It never said it directly, but I’m pretty sure she was bipolar. She was maternal towards him one minute, and then the next she was yelling and making him do weird things. The characters were very well developed throughout this book, though. You could see the strain Annie’s craziness was putting on Paul.

Who Would I Be?:

No one. I really don’t want to choose who to be out of Paul and Annie. I would not want to be in Paul’s situation, and I don’t want to be Annie because she’s crazy. I literally do not want to choose, so I won’t. Anyone who’s read this book will understand what I’m dealing with here. Nope nope nope.

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