Just finished Reading Gerald's Game

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Apr 4, 2017
England UK
I watched the movie adaption over the weekend. I enjoyed it and think they stayed pretty true to the book overall.
It just wasn't as intense as the book (the book is always better though!)

I did love the Stephen King references though, the part where imaginary Gerald referred to the dog Prince as 'Cujo over there' and at another point he said 'all things serve the beam' that made me very happy! Simple things eh?!

Marty Coslaw

Low-BDNF Gork
May 19, 2018
Did anybody else read the edition (maybe they're all like this) where each chapter number is accompanied by a sort of Rorschac image of something from the plot (e.g. handcuffs, eclipse, snarling dog)? Then at one point in the narrative Jessie is lying there trying to decipher the shapes in the shadows cast by the moonlight and thinks that it's like an inkblot test, if I"m not mistaken. I thought that detail really added something to the reading experience, like you're there with her trying to interpret the shapes and silhouettes.


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Jun 2, 2011
The Caribbean
I would say that that moment in Gerald's Game and the bathroom moment in The Shining are the literary equivalent of a jump scare in a movie. I wonder though why so few of these ever work in novels; even though I think King tries to include them in more works, they never are memorable. While in films there are numerous that are memorable.
My idea is that it's because jump scares rely for a large part on sound: it's often the combination of showing something scary of horrible suddenly and have it accompanied by a loud sound or music cue. Obviously because a writer doesn't have access to the use of sound it's hard to create that same effect on the page.

Both these scenes have in common that suddenly there is a (presumably) human presence in a place that was thought to be unoccupied.
In each case while reading I became so immersed in the moment that each scene was indelibly memorable. As memorable as any movie scene.