Stephen King: Misery

(3150 words)

Stephen King’s Misery is perhaps best known for its film adaptation which won an academy award for Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes and revitalized the career of James Caan as Paul Sheldon. As with so many King novels, the film-makers decided to simplify the complex multi-level plot structure and eliminate the extensive parallel metaphors about the writing process. They concentrated instead on the horrific elements of the work, specifically stressing the physiological torture of Paul Sheldon by his Number #1 fan, Annie Wilkes, placing a special emphasis on Annie’s crippling blow to his injured feet with a dull ax.

Consequently, far less time is spent in the film on the psychological torture that Sheldon …

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Citation:
Meyer, Michael J.. "Misery". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 December 2008
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