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29 January 2014
Stephen King
Publication Date
2007 - ebook

Stephen King is one of my favourite authors, and I have very much read all his books. I will slowly review all of them and create my reading log of them, maybe one a week or so.

As with many King books, Misery has been turned into a movie. And this one was actually well-made and I love Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes in it. I'm not a movie buff, but apparently this is the only King adaptation with an Oscar (for Kathy Bates as best actress). 

As so often with King, this story features an author as the main protagonist, and not just that ,but also the subject of 'writing' is the major topic here. Paul Sheldon is a commercial successful writer. He grew to detest his most famous creation - Misery Chastain - heroine of rather corny romance stories. She made him rich but turned him - in his opinion, in a writer without creative juices flowing, boring samey work. But Misery Chaistain has a big fan base .... So when Paul has a car accident during a fierce snow storm, his number one fan Annie Wilkes rescues him and takes him to her remote house. Annie starts to nurse him back to health, and even though Annie used to be a nurse, the word doesn't seem appropriate for her, indeed she has quite a few secrets which Paul will eventually discover. And Annie's motive is not entirely humanitarian.

When Annie finds out that Paul has killed of Misery Chastain in his latest novel in order to finally escape her, Annie is not at all pleased, indeed, she forces Paul to change the story to 'resurrect' Misery. And Annie certainly has her ways to make sure Paul does exactly what she wants - it's not at all Florence Nightingale at all. Paul finally realises that there is only one way he can come out of this alive - he needs to escape by any means, broken/  missing limbs or not.