Overview (No Spoilers):
Some reviews I find more difficult to write in comparison to others, with no real rhyme or reason as to the source of this procrastination. Alas, The Shining has fallen into this aforementioned black hole for inspiration. Usually when feeling this way toward a review, I would either put off writing the post for another day or I start writing bullet points until I work through my slow start. Do any of my fellow talented, wonderful bloggers also occasionally struggle writing reviews? What are your tricks to overcoming this hurdle?
With that preface setting the tone, its now time to implement my own strategies with regard to tackling this review for my third King book of 2017. As with my reread of It, this was my second time picking up The Shining, which I’d first read in my early teens. Interestingly, if you would have asked me early last week if I’d ever watched the famous movie adaption I would have adamantly claimed to have never seen it. However during my reread I found myself waiting in vain for multiple iconic scenes to take place in the book, e.g., twins, hedge maze, “All work and no play…”. Upon finishing this creepy novel sans the key events, I realized at some point I must have actually watched the movie in question. With that being said, I could hardly bear to stop listening to this novel, even sitting in my car upon arriving at my destination to finish out a chapter. My interest grew in seemingly direct correlation to the Jack’s mental instability and the unexplained events occurring within the isolated hotel. King is an absolute master in capturing how characters think and their internal dialogue, allowing the reader to feel as though they intimately understand how and why a character makes certain decisions or actions. Overall, The Shining was well worth revisiting as an adult, with the premise as a whole easily capturing the reader’s imagination, while leaving them with a bit of their own cabin fever as a result of the isolated setting.
Additional Insight (Spoilers Abound):
- Will Danny retain his shining abilities into adulthood? How will this traumatic past haunt him or Wendy?
- Does Tony grow up as Danny grows up? Will Danny grow to have anger issues?
- Will the hotel be rebuilt? Since Dick was influenced in the shed at the end of the book it seems as though some evil entity was kicking on the property?
- Was the property evil before the hotel was even built there, similar to Derry, Maine in It? Or did the many evil acts cause the site to be evil?
- Is the Derwent family still involved with the hotel somehow? Why the secret?
- How did Mr. Ullman handle the news of the hotel’s demise? How did Al Shockly?
- How did Wendy and Dick answer any police questioning regarding the hotel and Jack?
- Why did Wendy not seem all that impacted by the hotel until the end?