Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Shining

Well, I'm no longer sitting in my living room clutching my pillows and jumping at every sound. Why not? I finished The Shining by Stephen King. I have never read a King novel before although I have seen almost all of the films based on his works. Let's just say that I don't think I will be picking up one again. I had seen the movie and it (and Jack Nicholson) has always scared the wits out of me. The novel was no different. In fact, I thought it was even creepier if that was in any way possible. I always thought topiaries shaped as animals were freaky. Now I have justification. If you didn't like the movie, there might still be hope for the book. A lot of items were left out of the movie. Creepy things. Also, some of the elements of the book were changed in the movie and happened to Jack Nicholson instead of the child, Danny. The book focused mainly on Danny, his gift (aka the shining) and the hotel trying to take control of it. I don't necessarily get creeped out easily but Stephen King has one hell of any imagination. I enjoyed the novel and it was nice to sit down and be scared out of your wits but I don't think I want to do it again any time soon. HA! One more decade down and many more to go!


MyUtopia said...

Needful things and Christine had me pulling all nighters. The Shinning is okay. Not one of my favorites. I still love The Stand. I could read that one over and over again.

BookOkie said...

Well, I don't know that I'll attempt any of the others if you were pulling all nighters. Just not my cup of tea but I'm glad that I read at least one.