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Something that always bugged me about The Shining

Discussion in 'The Shining' started by SeleneM1, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. SeleneM1

    SeleneM1 Well-Known Member

    During the interview in the prologue (which, by the way, is BRILLIANT--just about everything that later becomes a plot point is introduced in such a subtle way), Ullman says something to Jack that's been at the back of my mind since I re-read the book just before Doctor Sleep came out.

    He says (going from memory here) that Jack is a risk because of what happened with Grady and his family. Ullman has kept the Overlook in the black for five years now, and he says they prefer to hire a single man or a college student rather than a family man.

    Wait, what?

    Out of the past FIVE winters, Grady would have been the caretaker for one. Who were the other four? Were they just not psychic/crazy/drunk enough/"shine" enough to be affected by The Overlook?

    I read that there is a "prequel" in the works. Now, I'd love to see a series, but I'd take a film, as long as it answers the question what happened to those other caretakers? The hotel doesn't seem too "active" during resort season, because no one talks about the current guests having that many problems.

    Thoughts? Or is it "fanfiction" time? :)
  2. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    There are ghosts from the resort season.

    But, my understanding of the comment was that
    children shine brighter than most adults. I think with a single person as caretaker most winters would make a boring book. Also, in the rare instance when an adult does shine, he probably would not take the job....and if he does....it's just one body they find, not the multiple bodies including children.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...yeah, what she said...
  4. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

  5. jchanic

    jchanic Well-Known Member

    Also, I got the impression that some winters, there was NO caretaker in residence, so that the Overlook sustained some major damage during the winter.

  6. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

    King isn't involved with the proposed prequel movie, so any "answers" you get from it would be as valid as any that you'd care to make up for yourself.
  7. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Oh no, another really bad Shining movie?
  8. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

    Potentially. Potentially a movie (no start date announced) and potentially bad.
  9. Lily Sawyer

    Lily Sawyer B-dazzled

    Uh, NO to the fan fiction.

    I take Ullman's comment to mean that Overlook HR simply preferred to hire singles rather than families. Less liability all the way around.
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  10. OldDarth

    OldDarth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, Star Wars prequels level of bad.
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  11. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    :lol: Maybe they can somehow put Jar-Jar Binks into the Shining prequel!!

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