28 Oct Misery Chastain Can’t Be Dead!
So I’m sliding in by the skin of my teeth with this post. The clock is not far from midnight. Good thing I wasn’t at a ball and doubly good that I don’t wear glass slippers. Actually the only slippers I wear are the cozy kind, and I sure as heck wouldn’t have left one of my slippers behind. They are way too valuable to run away from!
This week like all of the past weeks-(and can you believe it’s the last week of October-I can’t) has a theme.
If my memory serves me correctly, the October themes so far, have been:
1. American Horror Stories
2. True Crime
4. Dr. Hannibal Lecter
To tidy up the month, the theme for this last week belongs to:
Maybe you’ve never read him, maybe you are a big fan, maybe you think he’s overrated, maybe you don’t care one way or the other-I don’t know.
What I do know is this:
I. Am. A. Fan.
Which is why he and his books are the last theme of this month.
My very first introduction to SK was in elementary school. I was a huge reader back then as well. While I was devouring The Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High, there were two boys in my fifth grade class who were devouring everything by SK.
While I was jealous of the Babysitter’s having a cool club and making money and also trying in vain to decide if I liked Jessica or Elizabeth Wakefield better, these boys were reading some amazingly out-of-our league (as fifth graders) novels.
I do remember thinking they were sort of strange, but I’m sure they thought I was strange-after all I did have a hideous perm. Thinking back, I realize they were the cool ones. I’m not knocking The Babysitter’s or SVH, I just should’ve ventured out a bit.
I don’t believe I read anything by SK until high school. By then I had moved on to Danielle Steel, don’t judge. Steel showed me I could read some big books, length-wise. Many of SK’s books are long, so Steel’s were a good starting point to see if I could read something that long.
I could and I did. Steel’s length served as a confidence builder, which is what I needed to read longer and heavier material.
Tonight’s book, Misery is one of my all time favorites by King. Annie Wilkes, only behind Hannibal Lecter, is my second favorite villain.
Side note: I don’t keep some long, drawn out, crazy list of favorite villains. I believe my list is only comprised of the two aforementioned characters, FYI.
Misery is perfect. It follows the famous (fictional) author Paul Sheldon as he puts the finishing touches on his most recent manuscript. He goes through a few rituals, like staying in a cabin, having a cigarette, etc. before turning the manuscript in to his editor.
It’s the middle of winter and Sheldon ends up having an accident after driving in to town. He sits, immobilized and hurt in his car, which is trapped off the road in a snow bank.
A bit of time goes by and he is rescued by Miss Annie Wilkes, who knows exactly who he is. She is a huge fan of his and the character he created, Misery Chastain, in his beloved book series.
Actually, she is his number one fan, to be exact.
She takes him to her home since there is no one else to help him in this weather.
This is when the real story begins. Read it and then go see the movie. Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes is brilliant.
Do you have a favorite Stephen King book?
This week I’m going to share other favorites as well as some I’d like to read, so stick around!
“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.” -Stephen King, Misery