It’s a windy, dark day here. A perfect day for reading The Shining by Stephen King. I’m reading the book for The Shining Read-a-long. For my first post, I’m answering the questions posed by the hosts Tif and Charleen. If you want to join in, follow this link.
Will this be a re-read or a first-time read for you?
This is a reread for me, though the first time I read it, I was a teenager. It’s been interesting so far. I’m a much different reader now.
Have you seen the movie(s)?
Yes, both. I remember Kubrick’s more, maybe because it’s been on TV many, many times or because it’s so iconic: the first scene of the car driving up the mountain, the elevator, the creepy twins. The mini-series was good too (and more faithful to the book) but Jack Nicholson makes a convincing nutjob.
What are your thoughts from previous reads/watches? (Or, if you haven't read or watched any of the above, what do you anticipate for your first experience with The Shining?)
I remember being shocked by what an son-of-a-bitch Jack was, right from the beginning. I also didn’t understand why Wendy didn’t say no to staying at The Overlook. Now, as an adult, I understand their motivations and failings better.
And finally, why are you joining in on the #shinealong? Is there anything specific you would like to get out of the read-along?
After reading Joyland, I wanted to get back to classic Stephen King storytelling. The Shining was one of my favorites. When I heard about the readalong, I thought it was perfect timing!
I’m nearly caught up with this week’s reading and will have a hard time stopping myself from reading on!