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EMTP513

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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.
 

Neesy

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

booklover72

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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
 

blunthead

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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
Yes, you have until June.
 

Rockym

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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.
 

Doc Creed

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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.
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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Foster Bullock

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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."
 

Dana Jean

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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."
Welcome Foster!
 

Foster Bullock

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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

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
 

Haunted

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The woods are lovely dark and deep
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.
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!
 

Doc Creed

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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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Aloysius Nell

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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/]
 

RichardX

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I'm in the process of re-reading this for the first time since it was released. Had forgotten just about everything. Surprised at how quickly the story gets rolling. Literally from the first line. There is usually some background filler before getting to the main plot but this one hits the ground running. It's a very well-written book with lots of interesting insights on the creative process and love/hate relationship with a reading audience/fans. But have to admit it is not one of my favorites simply because I didn't find Paul all that likable a character. Annie is a great and creepy antagonist, but I had some difficulty caring much about Paul. And the coincidence of Annie being the one to find Paul. Hmm. Maybe that is not realistic but still fair as Annie might put it but it seemed far fetched. I'm sure there are lots of wild coincidences that go on in the world but in the context of a story it kind of stands out. Still a classic book though. Robert McCammon's "Mine" is a great read if you enjoyed Misery.
 
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