Book Review #160 – Misery, by Stephen King

Hey y’all!

Here’s my review for Misery, by Stephen King.

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Synopsis:

Paul Sheldon. He’s a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader – she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

 

Pros:

  • totally messed me up in a good way
  • so slow yet so endearing and captivating
  • it was actually the first book to make me feel physically sick

 

Cons:

  • Paul Sheldon could have a more positive attitude towards women

 

Verdict:

This was my first Stephen King book. Well, I’m not considering The Shining because I was so young when I read it, I don’t remember a single thing about it. I was a bit baffled at first with the length of this book because, from what I knew, this won’t have that much plot. And that’s true. But it did not bother me at all. Actually, one of the things I most appreciated about it is how this is slow but it’s still so fun to read. I wasn’t too eager to just get the story moving. The slow burn was actually pretty enjoyable and it made the ending a lot more satisfying. I do have to point out that it was the first book to make me feel physically sick. I wanted to throw up, I was pretty shaken. I’m counting that as a good thing because it was a big reaction and something new to me. Unfortunately, Paul Sheldon’s view of Annie was a bit annoying at times. It’s typical (but otterly wrong) that the obsessive and “crazy” woman is disgusting and fat. And Sheldon’s attitude towards Annie made me roll my eyes a couple of times. I mean, maybe I’m reading into this too much since he was being held captive by this person. But even some of his remarks about Misery were kinda meh. It wasn’t something that ruined the read for me or anything, it just made me sigh more than I wanted. I just don’t care too much for this portrait of fans, but most of all, of women.

Anyway, have you read this? Any thoughts? Let me know!

See you soon,

Cat.

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4 thoughts on “Book Review #160 – Misery, by Stephen King

  1. I read Misery some years ago and I had a similiar reaction! It made me feel sick and anxious but I just could not stop reading, I HAD to know what was happening next. The thing that was more “meh” to me was the story he was writing for Annie that was presented to us throughout the book, I really did not care about that, I just wanted to know how he was dealing with his captivity. I really liked it, tho!
    At the time it didn’t even occur to me that it the description of Annie was a stereotypical one, but now that you mention it I think I agree with you.

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    • I definitely agree with you on that one too! I couldn’t care less for misery herself 😓 yeah, it’s something you can easily miss in case you’re not too aware of this kind of stereotypes but once you notice them, their unfortunately everywhere

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