“I am in trouble here. This woman is not right.”
The basic premise is pretty simple — author Paul Sheldon gets into a car accident in snowy Colorado and is found by a local woman who takes him back to her house, sets his broken bones, and gets him hooked on pain pills. The story gets a bit more complex when it becomes clear that Annie’s got a few screws loose and she’s very unhappy with Paul’s latest book. And to top it off, Paul can’t get out of bed…
I’ve been meaning to read this book literally for years. I first saw the movie a loooong time ago, and I’m pretty sure it was my first introduction to Stephen King. I loved it and decided to read the book but never got around to it. I guess the time was just right since I’ve been reading so much King lately, and I’m so glad I finally can check it off my list! Be warned, though: the book is so much more graphic than the movie.
Annie Wilkes had the most ridiculous and hilarious dialogue that added an unexpected level of crazy to her character. I also thought it was a nice touch that Paul slowly began to use her language the longer he stayed with her.
There was so much good imagery in this book; although most of it was pretty gruesome. The things Annie did are horrific and demonstrate how truly mentally disturbed she really was. There’s no way you won’t feel all of the terror and pain along with Paul and root for him to get out of his situation alive. A story that can do that is a good one.
I think Misery would be an awesome introduction if you’re a Stephen King newbie. Read the book and then watch the movie because it’s a good one, too. Oh, and the references to the Overlook Hotel from The Shining were perfect!