Book: The Shining by Stephen King

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Fiction, Classic

Date of Publication: January 28, 1977

I am sure that the majority of us are quite aware of this book, but sadly for me, I was focused more on the movie version for quite sometime before I actually decided to pick a copy of the book. I have to thank Shane Dawson for rekindling my curiosity about the book. Here is his video if you are interested to watch it: Ghost Haunting in a Hunted Hotel

After watching that entire Shane Dawson YT series, I have finally decided to pick the book up and I was surprised at how different it is to the movie. Before I continue, here is what this book is about:

Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote…and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old. Goodreads

I found the pacing of the story quite slow, King taking his time showing you who these people truly are. I don’t mind it at all, in fact, I think it amplified everything that happened to the third part of the book. Just like that boiler, heh.

Another thing I noticed that I quite like was how clearly you can see the dynamics of each member of the Torrance family truly is. In the movie version, I only saw Wendy as this typical helpless woman, but I actually like her in the book. I found myself rooting for her as the chaos unfolds as she tries her best to save her son and herself. I also enjoyed reading what goes inside Jack’s head. The whole book I was waiting for him to finally snap, and when he did, it was quite scary and entertaining. I might sound a bit psycho here, but I honestly prepare that whole mallet thing in comparison to the ax. Ok, I will stop there.

Moving on, as for Danny, I didn’t like his POV just because of those things he is seeing because of his “shine”. Those are nightmare fuel. I like that in the book, it showed that yes, the hotel was a haunted place but thanks to Danny’s shine, everything seemed to gain more power the longer he stayed. And of course, Dick, I am glad that his fate is different in this one.

I give this book a good 4 out of 5 stars. I suggest you read this if you haven’t already, which I doubt.

I am now looking forward to reading Doctor Sleep and hopefully post a book review of it as well.

What do you think of this book? Which one do you prefer, movie or book? Let me know!

Thank you so much for reading, and as always I’ll talk to you again on my next blog post.


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