I recently read The Shining by Stephen King. Silly I know. He’s one of my favorite authors and the movie is one of my favorites, but for some reason I just never sat down to read the book. I ordered it on a whim from Amazon along with Doctor Sleep and a collection of his short stories Nightmares & Dreamscapes. He is such an amazing writer and I eat up just about anything I read from him, so of course I had to order more books by him.
The Shining has always been a movie I’ve liked. I’ve never found it scary, but I’ve loved it nonetheless. I also live in Colorado about 45 minutes from The Stanley Hotel and for my 16th birthday, my mom and I stayed the night there. We waited until November since my birthday is in October and that’s their busiest and most expensive month.
While staying there, my mom and I were able to watch the mini T.V. series that was actually filmed at The Stanley. And then around 3 A.M. my mom woke me up because our toilet flushed. Not that annoying sound it makes when they are wonky and semi-flush, but an actual literal flush.
“Ashley was that you?” She asked.
Me half asleep because she woke me up “What?”
“Were you just in the bathroom?”
“No… You just woke me up.” I said.
“The toilet flushed.” She said. And I remembered hearing the end of it from her waking me up. As she finished that sentence we heard little kids running up and down the hallway giggling.
“Oh my God.” She said.
“What was that?” I asked. At this point I really needed to use the bathroom but I was too terrified to move.
“Go look.” She said to her SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD-DAUGHTER.
“Hell no.” I said, pulling the covers up to my face to hide.
It was terrifying. When we left the next day, we did some research and found out that the fourth floor is the most haunted with people reporting toilets flushing and children running up and down the halls. EXACTLY WHAT WE HAD EXPERIENCED.
So anyways, I finally picked up this book and read it.
I give it a 10/10. His prose is amazing. The plot flows nicely and his writing in general is just phenomenal. I have learned that I much more prefer reading a book AFTER watching the movie because you get to fill in all the blanks when you read it instead of being disappointed that your favorite part of the book was cut out of the movie.
It was great to get to read the thoughts that Jack was having. To really see his decent into insanity. And to learn all the things that came behind him taking the job at The Overlook Hotel and how he got it and everything that happened with Danny. We learn a little bit about his problem with alcohol through the movie, but it’s much more detailed in the book. It explains exactly what made him stop drinking.
You are also able to see inside of Wendy’s head. You get to learn more about her and her life growing up and all the things that played into her character.
The book brought a whole new light to The Shining for me and I have to say that it’s probably one of the best books I have ever read. It’s definitely a favorite. Maybe that has to do partly with my connection to The Stanley Hotel and liking the movie, but regardless it’s just a really, really good book.
If you are looking for something new to read but nothing being released has caught your eye (which sorta seems crazy) then I recommend getting a copy of this old classic and reading it.
Have you read The Shining before? If so, what do you think about it?