Read: September 2017
Terrible events occur at an isolated hotel in the off season, when a small boy with psychic powers struggles to hold his own against the forces of evil that are driving his father insane.
I had this book on my shelf for quiet a long time and actually started to read it maybe 3 years ago. I remember liking what I read, but for some reason I put it down and never picked it back up and THEN the darn thing got donated. My history with The Shining has only been with the movie and whenever I’d see it was on TV I’d want to watch it and then I’d watch it for maybe two minutes and turn it off because I was terrified! Since I had just gotten into Stephen King’s books I had to pick up another copy of this to read because I wanted to watch the movie in time for Halloween.
Suffice to say, I LOVED this book. It was perfectly creepy and I loved the vibe of the hotel just taking over the main character and turning him into a completely different person. I also didn’t know that the other main character, Danny, the son, could read what people were thinking and could actually project his thoughts into other peoples’ heads, those people who had the same powers as he did. I loved Danny and I loved his mom, how strong she was. This book was also super creepy and I was reminded about why I would hate to hear about bad things happening at hotels I might stay in – and you can bet your life I’d never willingly stay in a hotel like this where there were big tragedies!
This was the third book, I believe, that Stephen King published and it’s the third full length novel I’ve read and I’m so impressed. I just love his writing, his characters, his descriptions, and I think that he can write such a solid horror story.
In regards to the movie, it’s funny because I had seen the Friends episode where Joey puts The Shining in the freezer and they rattle off some parts of the book on the show and I didn’t realize that those lines (Heeeere’s Johnny!) were only in the movie and not the book! I was waiting for those lines to appear and they never did. lol. And really, this movie that I was initially SO terrified over turned out to be quite boring when I watched it after reading the book. I thought it was so slow and not really scary and I feel like the producer didn’t get the point of the book across well at all.
I’m glad I watched the movie but so far I’m finding that Stephen King’s books are way better than the movies!