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This Story Is Going To Go My Way!

Discussion in 'Misery' started by Haunted, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Haunted

    Haunted This is my favorite place

    A real life horror tale of a devoted and deranged constant reader! Another good movie adaption too! Must be Kathy Bates, eh?
  2. I messed up and watched the movie before reading the book. Except for The Dark Half, I always like the book better but since I knew what was going to happen, I never felt like reading the book. Maybe it is a good thing when the screen adaptations change endings lol
  3. Phantomking

    Phantomking Well-Known Member

    I love this book. One thing I find odd though is that Kathy Bates didn't do the audiobook, even though she's done several other SK books. You'd think she'd be the logical choice.
  4. EMTP513

    EMTP513 Well-Known Member

    I liked this book because all the medical information was near perfect. He has some books like that where it's totally accurate and others that aren't. I don't know why it's so hard for me to read books with incorrect medical information, but it is.
    The books where he got almost all the information right are the ones I like the most. He also got it near perfect in Under the Dome and Doctor Sleep.
  5. Neesy

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

    I guess it's true that practice makes perfect after all :doc:
  6. booklover72

    booklover72 very strange person

    I am reading this book after a rather long duration of about 2 decades. I think I got it in hardback when i was 16-18 and read it, now coming back to it. Seen the movie. Didn't Kathy Bates win an oscar for your portrayql of Annie Wilkes. Not sure. When i finish thi i am DETERMINED to go through the dark tower series. Apart from them and the girl who love tom gordon, these are the only ones I haven't read. Read Mr MErcedes and revival so i have until june (i think) to read the DT series.

    The K
  7. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Yes, you have until June.
  8. Haunted

    Haunted This is my favorite place

    Now its Laurie Metcalf and Bruce Willis as Annie and Paul on Broadway starting 16 week run on 22 November 2015!!! OK BH, that's our wedding anniversary tickets to the show would be a perfect gift!!
  9. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Laurie Metcalf? Jackie on Roseanne?
  10. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    I don't know that I'm necessarily going to buy Sheldon's mother as Annie Wilkes.

    But there is a bit of irony there, if you can see it.
  11. Rockym

    Rockym Well-Known Member

    The book was great and I just finished rereading it again. I didn't think the adaptation was as great as it could have been. Kathy Bates gave a great performance, but she didn't seem as threatening or menacing as Annie in the book. She seemed more bipolar than a manic depressive. There was just something about her portrayal that wasn't quite Annie.

    I also didn't like the pointless changes they always seem to do in SK adaptations. Changing Paul's car to a Mustang instead of a Camaro or adding in the Sheriff character trying to find Paul. One of the things I really liked about the book is that entirely took place in Annie's house with no "shifts" to other characters or anything.

    I think they also changed the setting from Sidewinder in the movie, which I didn't like. One of my favorite things about SK novels is how he always puts in a small reference to his other stories. I really loved when Annie mentioned the Overlook. They always seem to remove those references in the movies and I think they should be kept in.
  12. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    I think King used his old friend and physician Russ Dorr for medical details in Misery. He credits him in many of his novels.
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  13. Foster Bullock

    Foster Bullock New Member

    I very recently read this book and I have to say I was so spooked by this. I think this is mostly because true horror for me is situations that could actually happen in real life. It really terrified me reading this book. Especially the hobbling scenes. Just picturing the scenes in my head makes my stomach churn. On the other hand I loved the book. It was my first Stephan King book and it is amazingly written. As a teacher once said, "write it like a skirt, long enough to get your point across but short enough to keep it interesting."
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  14. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Welcome Foster!
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  15. Foster Bullock

    Foster Bullock New Member

    You always have to remember, movies off of books or short stories are never fully accurate. I actually won't see the movie due to I read the book and just the visuals the book gives made my stomach churn so bad

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....Hi Foster!...enjoy the hell out of you as a lovable drunk!!!.....what's that?....Foster BROOKS was that character?.....beer me again....
  17. Haunted

    Haunted This is my favorite place

    The minor changes really break your stride, they are distractions to your story. Irritates me too!! But, that's how the adapters make the story their own. Poo.
    I dont think even the greatest actress of all time could mimic Mr. King's words completely. His words are in your head, you are not Kathy Bates, you think and see differently!! Accept her performance as another view of someone you both know!
  18. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    Writer crashes. Rescued by "number one fan". Oreo breath. She's a nurse and he's hooked on her pills. He burns his " bad book" then writes her a new book. Dirty Bird! Cockadoodie! He meets pig. He gets out of room and hides knife in mattress. She executes justice with an axe. Thumb birthday cake candle. Ashtray through window. Planned double suicide. He pleads for more time, finishes "her book". He then burns said book. She freaks out. They struggle. Paul Sheldon lives to write another day. :)
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  19. Aloysius Nell

    Aloysius Nell Well-Known Member

    The scariest part was changed in the movie. It wasn't something that happened, it was the WAY it happened.

    In the hobbling scene, Annie is muttering to herself, something like "have to cauterize it" like she's saying, "Ho hum, I should really get the oil changed." That's when the depth of her crazy was obvious, to me. [SPOILER/]
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