By Stephen King
Summary: Paul Sheldon is a bestselling novelist who has finally met his number one 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 furious that the author has killed off her favorite character in his latest book. Annie becomes his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.
Annie wants Paul to write a book that brings Misery back to life—just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an axe. And if they don’t work, she can get really nasty.
Source: I purchased a kindle copy.
I’ve seen the movie Misery a handful of times, but OMG, the book was so much better. It was somehow more horrific and terrifying, even though the movie was actually pretty good.
I can’t even find words. I’m so incredibly disturbed by the story and Annie Wilkes in general. I shivered a couple of times while reading because Paul was stuck in just about the worst scenario ever. There was no solution. He was tortured both physically and mentally as Annie saved and destroyed his life simultaneously and frequently.
I highly recommend reading Misery, even if you’re already familiar with the plot. As with any Stephen King book, the movies, even when they don’t suck, do not quite capture the essence of the story in quite the same way. Kathy Bates played a mean Annie Wilkes, but even she didn’t completely get it right. The movie was good, but Stephen King really has a way of enveloping the reader in fear that his movies just can’t seem to grasp.
I’d hate to think Misery is the stuff of Stephen King’s nightmares, but I’m sure it’s something he considers since his novels are so disturbing. There has to be some portion of the population that thrives on the darkness he dishes out and would put him in a situation like that. That whole train of thought is just so disturbing. I’m not sure I ever want to know what he thinks about in that brain of his.
In Misery, Paul Sheldon, a bestselling author, celebrated the end of his long running series and celebrated. He changed his mind last minute about his plans, hopped in his car, and hoped to beat the coming snowstorm. Instead of beating it, he slid off of the road in the storm and was saved by someone. Annie Wilkes saved Paul and that could’ve been lucky. She was, after all, his number one fan. Except she was crazy as hell and also a previous nurse. Lucky Paul… until he realizes he is screwed. Like, incredibly and completely screwed. He won’t get out of this alive.
I can’t get over how amazing and terrifying Misery was. I still shudder remembering certain scenes.