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Doctor Sleep Before The Shining?

Discussion in 'Doctor Sleep' started by king4aday, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. king4aday

    king4aday Well-Known Member

    Please, do not hate me for saying this but I have never read The Shining. I know, I know...bad kitty. But I recently purchased Doctor Sleep and when I finish soaking in every delectable word of every glorious page of Mr. Mercedes I plan to dive into Doctor Sleep. *But* Would that be unwise since I haven't read The Shining? I have seen every movie adaptation of the book but by the time I discovered the delicious treasure trove of literary terror that is The Stephen King library, I had skipped over it and went on to read other works by him. So, should I postpone my date with Doctor Sleep until I read The Shining? Or since I have seen the movie(s) would it be alright to go ahead and book an appointment with the old Doc?

    Thanks ahead for any help.
  2. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    Others have read Doctor Sleep and not the Shining. Including owen king. So i say go for it.
  3. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Doctor Sleep is not dependent on The Shining, except in the most nebulous way. You could read them in any order and enjoy them. One thing that will surprise you, should you read both, is how different they are in style and execution.
  4. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    I would read The Shining first.
  5. Neesy

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

    I would not bother reading The Shining. He makes a few references to it, but the Shining was written so long ago, much of it was forgotten by me when I read Doctor Sleep, so I do not think it will make a difference to your reading enjoyment.
    I thought Doctor Sleep was a great read by the way!

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...I have to disagree with the majority...NEVER use films/movies as a primer for The Shining, and most definitely read it prior to Doc...there are layers to that story that The Shining flavors deliciously...
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  7. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    It didn't matter for me. I read Doctor Sleep first and then listened to the audiobook of The Shining months later. Like you, I felt I knew enough about the plot of The Shining that it wasn't necessary to read it first and still feel that way.
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  8. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    It is fine as a stand alone book. However, I chose to reread The Shining first, and I'm glad I did. Partly because The Shining is just such a great book. Why wouldn't you want to read it!

    Doctor Sleep does NOT follow either movie. It follows the book.
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  9. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I think you've put it very well. IMO it sets the scene perfectly. So read The Shining first.
  10. Chuggs

    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    I don't think you would have to read it, but certainly I'm glad that I did before the other.
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  11. jchanic

    jchanic Well-Known Member

    I agree. You don't HAVE to read The Shining first, but I think you would be well-advised to do so. It's a wonderful read.

  12. King fan from trinidad

    King fan from trinidad Order of the rose

    Wait so you didn't read (or in your case heard) The Shining until he gave you Dr Sleep to read :apathy:
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  13. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    Dr. Sleep is much better! Go ahead and read it.
  14. Baldeagle79

    Baldeagle79 New Member

    I'm in the same boat. I was a bit young for The Shining at the time, and only saw Kubrick's movie version (which was obviously panned by King). I recently read Mr. Mercedes and then went directly to Doctor Sleep. It was a fantastic read from my perspective, but I will definitely have to read The Shining sometime soon! Enjoy!
  15. opundo

    opundo Active Member

    Yes, definitely.
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  16. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    That's right. I still haven't read all of his work--mostly the stories that were written before I came to work for him. I've tried to keep up with the new material but even with that, I've missed some of the short stories.
  17. ReallyRosie

    ReallyRosie Well-Known Member

    Well, Doctor Sleep does not require knowledge of The Shinning to understand or enjoy, I just can't fathom why someone would want to read it out of order. I always try to respect what, how, and when an author released something, and I personally want to read it in the way it was intended.
  18. king4aday

    king4aday Well-Known Member

    Exactly. I was just a bit too young at the time The Shining came out. Especially with the first line in the first chapter of the book containing the word..., well you know. My parents didn't want me to get into that just yet so it was bypassed. I went straight into Greek mythology and then on to Mary Shelley and others and by the time I went back to Mr. King other works by him had caught my interest. Not an intentional skip but just never went back after having seen the movie and television adaptations of it. I'll eventually go back but man, I have a hard time waiting on Revival.
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