This Has To Be Said About This Book...

Discussion in 'The Shining' started by Bobby Grey, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. Bobby Grey

    Bobby Grey Member

    The greatest and most powerful aspect of this great book to me is the way Jack struggles with his inner demons even long before they even arrive at the Overlook.
    (With inner demons I don't mean the ghosts at the hotel but rather his alcohol-addiction along with his short fuse and bad temper).

    This is the part I can truly relate to: The way Jack is constantly worried about being a disappointment as a father, to be a let-down in the eyes of his son. Stephen King f'ing nails it with that part! I think alot of fathers (and mothers too of course) feels this way. Jack is not a perfect dad (who is?) but his heart is in the right place, he loves his fam and he's trying to be a good dad.
    Then the Overlook gets hold of him and the rest is history. And this is what the Kubrick movie completely missed out on. In the movie Jack is an evil prick from the start(ish)

    To me, I LOVE the first part of the book, the rest is just delicious gravy! :)

    Im sorry If im spamming the board btw, it's just my 2nd. day here and i've already started 3 different threads, my bad.

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  2. Bobby Grey

    Bobby Grey Member

    Im sorry Moderator but I really don't know how to create spoilers
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  3. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta/Moderator Moderator

    That's perfectly fine, let me show you....
    [spoil3r]write your hidden message here[/spoil3r]

    Replace the '3' with an 'e'. Hope this helps. :)
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  4. MadamMack

    MadamMack M e m b e r

    Great post!
  5. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...


    I watched part 1 of the TV movie again last night, then started watching the commentary, and Steven Weber said something very similar to that--how he loved the character because he is such a normal guy, trying so hard to battle his addiction demons right from the start. He said that even if alcohol isn't one's particular poison, most people have dealt with some sort of addiction and thus can relate to Jack at some level. :) I've had the DVD forever and never watched the commentary before--now I can't wait to finish it!
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  6. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    I loved this movie. Hope one day there will be a movie to Dr. Sleep as well.

    GNTLGNT Why Chew Through The Restraints?

    ...ummm, gravy.....:wack:
  8. fushingfeef

    fushingfeef Uber-in-waiting

    This is one of his very best books. Welcome to the board!
  9. Hall Monitor

    Hall Monitor Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the board Bobby, and I like the screen name! I totally agree . . . that is the very thing the movie was missing.
  10. 91rewoT

    91rewoT Backwards Sister Member

    Welcome to the board - great post! I agree totally, that's a big reason I don't like the movie!
  11. Bobby Grey

    Bobby Grey Member

    Thanks everyone

    Im currently listening to Cujo and that dog reminds me very much of Jack Torrance. In a way, Jack is also a good dog gone bad.. And in both cases they both flip due to external circumstances.
  12. Lisey Landon

    Lisey Landon Well-Known Member

    A late welcome to the board.
    I also love this book, it was my first SK experience, and I have been hooked ever since.
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  13. Macky

    Macky New Member

    After reading the stories from Everything's Eventual I picked this book up as my first King novel. I absolutely loved it! By far the best book I have ever read. Just wondering, since I liked this book so much, what would you guys recommend as the next book in my King readings? Any input is greatly appreciated!
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  14. RichardX

    RichardX Well-Known Member

    The logical choice after "The Shining" would be "Dr. Sleep" since that is the sequel, but I didn't think Dr. S added much to the story or lived up to the Shining. I would recommend "Salem's Lot" or "The Dead Zone." Both great books. The Dead Zone is a greatly underrated book in my opinion.
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  15. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta/Moderator Moderator

    Welcome Macky, I don't think it really matters too much which one you go for, they're all great reads. Have a look through the Library section of the site when you have some time, lots of good information here to help you choose. :)
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  16. VampireLily

    VampireLily Vampire Goddess & General P.I.T.A

    I agree Bobby, and I think that Jack's struggle with alcoholism was essential because in that way it was easier for him to become 'nourishment' for all the other energies at the Overlook. I don't want to say that he was weak and therefore a target but rather that all his troubles broke him down and in that way he was easier to manipulate. The entire family unit had their individual struggles.... Jack's alcoholism and his inabilities to truly manifest his writing, Wendy's submissiveness and fear of Jack, Danny's childhood being over-shadowed by his parents drama and then in turn depending on Tony to support him. It's all a brilliant blend and yet a painful truth of the family on a whole and how they became the Overlooks victims.
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  17. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Welcome @Macky I would say pretty much any of his books. I liked Hearts in Atlantis quite a bit, 11/22/63, From a Buick 8 just to name a few
  18. Macky

    Macky New Member

    Thanks so much for the feedback guys! I was kind of thinking Salem's Lot or Pet Semetary next. I will look into them all though! Thanks again! :D

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