Writers remember everything… especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he’ll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar.
Art consists of the persistence of memory.
Reading Stephen King’s books means getting lost in other worlds, living and breathing with his characters, seeing through their eyes and feeling what they’re feeling. This is (the) King’s gift. It catches you and throws you into his story; it gets under your skin, frightens you. This fear doesn’t make you leave the book, on the contrary, it makes you want to discover the story page by page, you want to know how the author solved the “problem”.
I started reading “Misery” by Stephen King on a late night, not knowing much about it. After the first twenty pages I already felt a tingling sensation on my skin.
Paul, the main character is a famous writer. He gained fame through the series of novels whose heroine Misery Chastain is. Wanting to devote himself to other novels, Paul decides to kill his character and conclude the series. Following a car accident, Paul is rescued by Annie Wilkes, a passionate admirer of Misery and his biggest fan. In fact, the right word is captured. Paul will have to pay for Misery’s death in an unimaginable way. The reader will be slightly shaken, so I must say that this is not a book for the most sensitive of you. I’m sure that, if you enjoy reading thrillers, you’ll be captivated by King’s talent, which is to play thrills. How far will Annie go? How much will Paul resist? These are the two questions hovering over each page, each chapter of the book.
What we know for sure it is that one of the two, Paul or Annie, will find his/her end with the end of the book written by Paul Sheldon. But the end will take you – the reader – by surprise.
(The) King has this gift of keeping you guessing the destination. He never takes sides, regardless of the nature – good or bad – of his characters. I wanted Paul to be spared of suffering. At one point, the easiest solution would have been for him to die. But death is the easy choice. To live is difficult. Viewed from another angle, the story seems to be the writers’ nightmare who finds no inspiration or who is pursued by demons of his own. The demons he created haunted him until he accepted them as part of himself. That’s Misery for Paul, his demon, his cross. Annie, is his guardian, Cerberus, the one who’ll make him tell (write) the story.
Divas, if you are into thrillers, you must read Misery! Stephen King amazed me again, he wrote not only one story, but two. Reading Misery you’ll reach for the end of King’s book, but also the end of Paul Sheldon’s book. This is a little bit confusing, isn’t it? It’s okay. Read the book, and you’ll understand – Stephen King is brilliant, to say the least!
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