by Stephen King
Paul Sheldon is a bestselling novelist who has finally met his number one 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 furious that the author has killed off her favorite character in his latest book. Annie becomes his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.
Annie wants Paul to write a book that brings Misery back to life—just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an axe. And if they don’t work, she can get really nasty.
The synopsis does a great job of telling you what the story is about, so I won't be going into in depth about it. I did end up seeing this movie many years ago before ever thinking of picking up the book. I find the movie to be extremely well-made. Now, since reading the book, I can add to that in saying that Kathy Bates is the perfect Annie Wilkes. However, I found the book to be much more terrifying. For those of you who have seen the movie, you can understand how surprising this is since the movie is pretty damn creepy. The depths of torture Annie puts Paul through are truly unique. I have never had a book give me such a physical reaction as Misery did.
I recommend this book to all horror lovers. For everyone else, I definitely thing you should try it as it is terrifying, but also makes one think about the culture of fandoms. It really made me question the kind of fan I am! But be wary if you are sensitive this kind of content!