I finished my first Stephen King novel this past week.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Novelist Paul Sheldon has plans to make the difficult transition from writing historical romances featuring heroine Misery Chastain to publishing literary fiction. Annie Wilkes, Sheldon’s number one fan, rescues the author from the scene of a car accident. The former nurse takes care of him in her remote house, but becomes irate when she discovers that the author has killed Misery off in his latest book. Annie keeps Sheldon prisoner while forcing him to write a book that brings Misery back to life.
-synopsis from StephenKing.com
While at Barnes & Noble, looking through so many of King’s books, trying to choose one to take home with me, I decided on Misery because I enjoyed the movie. I had no other reason.
I’ve been blogging since 2009 but 2017 was the official start to my very small writing career. Misery will forever be a novel that impacted my writer’s heart.
It was amazing.
Gory? You bet.
Physiologically Disturbing? Uh-Huh.
It made me cry.
My tears weren’t shed because anyone died or was badly hurt.
No, it was because (in the alternate ending) the writer found his art again, like a lost love who comes back to stay. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but every single writer should read this book. Underneath the torture and insanity, there is this beautiful story about a writer and his craft.
If you’re not a writer, trust me, the story is so intriguing and “oh gosh I want to look away but can’t” that you’ll enjoy it immensely.
With every book I read this year, I am diving into my love for the theatre, and will be dressing up as a character or two (my own interpretation) for a photo(s) to go within these posts.
For Misery, as much as I can’t stand her and somehow still feel pity for her, I chose Annie Wilkes and the fictional (fiction within fiction) character she is so obsessed with, Misery Chastain.
I like the contrast between Annie and Misery in these photos. If you read the book, I hope you can appreciate my interpretation here. I didn’t have an ax to hold and so the knife was fitting. A knife plays a role in the book. Also, I put bobby pins in my hair to hold it back for Annie’s photo. Bobby Pins are important in the book too. For Misery, I changed my eye color (mine are green) because in the novel, Geoffrey describes her eyes as cornflower blue. I chose Misery’s expression here because this is a woman who has been through a lot and has two men who love her madly. She is also declared dead, is buried and brought back to life…read the book to find out how. 😉
ROSE RATING: I give this book 4/5 roses. (my own version of stars) I took a rose away because the violence is intense and honestly, I hated the ending.
MATURITY RATING: R. for some language and violence. I wasn’t too taken back by any of the language honestly. It felt fitting for what the character was going through and is only used here and there. I gave the rating R mostly because of the violence.
I will definitely be reading another King novel. I am hooked.
I’ll leave you with one my favorite quotes from the book.
“A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is that ability to remember the story of every scar. Art consists of the persistence of memory.” -Misery pg.244
Let me know if you read the book. I’d love to know your thoughts.