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The Shining

The ShiningThe Shining by Stephen King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This popular horror/suspense story is about Danny, a 5-year-old boy who moves with his family to the Overlook, a sinister resort hotel which tries to take over his father’s mind in order to get at Danny’s “shining” — his supernatural mental capabilities.

This was one book where I did NOT read the book before seeing the movie, and though it’s been years since I’ve seen it, I couldn’t help but think that watching the movie had ruined the book for me. Because I already knew what was going to happen, I wasn’t nearly as frightened or surprised as I would have liked to be for a book so popular in the horror genre. Thought the concept is definitely terrifying (and I did have a few nightmares about demonic hotels after finishing this book), parts of the book — particularly when the author expanded on character’s back-stories –seemed to drag on a bit until you got to the last hundred pages, where the tension seemed to break and avalanche into a really intense last couple of chapters.

There were a few parts that I don’t recall from the movie — particularly at the end — that I really appreciated and thought were interesting, and I’d still probably recommend it to horror fans, but was kind of let down by how NOT freaked out I was by the whole thing. I guess that’s what I get for watching the movie first.

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