Stephen King’s Misery

Kathy Bates won the Oscar for her role as Annie in Stephen King’s Misery film adaptation. And, it was certainly well deserved. She is such a great actress, and she delivered such a great performance, or terrible depending on the perspective. Anyway, I have the funniest and cringiest story about me as a reader connected to Misery. It literally took me two years to finish the book. Two years!

“Because writers remember everything Paul. Especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he’ll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels, not amnesia. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar.”

How is that even possible? I think because I kept getting anxiety since the kidnapped protagonist happens to be a writer. And, the beginning of the narrative is very slow and kinda boring. Yikes! I just could not get into it at all. I kept falling asleep on it every few paragraphs or every few pages. Omg. I cannot believe I’m writing that I fell asleep on a Stephen King book, and he’s one of my favorites. The irony.

“He felt as he always did when he finished a book – queerily empty, let down, aware that for each little success he had paid a toll of absurdity.”

“Annie was not swayed by pleas. Annie was not swayed by screams. Annie had the courage of her convictions.”

In any case, once I got 30 pages in or so, that’s when the pace picked up. I guess because Paul, the writer, really begins to wake up from the drug-induced delirium that Annie Wilkes puts him in. She is his “biggest fan” and kidnapped him to have him change the ending of her favorite book series. Cringe to the one billionth degree doesn’t begin to describe it. I would recommend this book, but I’d probably not read it again myself.

Work Cited

King, Stephen. Misery. New York: Berkley Books, 3 June 1988.

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3 thoughts on “Stephen King’s Misery

  1. The text was nice and easy to read, but a bit
    short. You learned rather less about the book
    but how he would rate the book
    could be read out very well at the end. It was
    well written and you could totally understand
    the opinion. The text has awakened in me no
    urge to read the book, but that is because the
    writer was also not completely convinced.


  2. I never heard about this Stephen King’s book, so I found the review interesting, especially the fact that it took you two years to finish the book. That’s a long time! I’m curious about this book but I’m not sure if I want to read it if the beginning of the narrative can be slow and boring, although the storyline about a writer being kidnapped sounds intriguing.


  3. Misery is an incredibly terrifying book and presents a desperate tension. It’s a psychological horror, much more about the suspense about Annie’s actions than a de facto terror. What scares me most about this book is that it looks so real. The characters are alive and we soon realize how deep they are.


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