A writer suffers a car wreck and finds himself in the tender loving care of his number one fan.
It’s so hard to separate Misery the book from the movie, particularly because Kathy Bates’s performance is so indelibly iconic. However, the movie leaves out a key story element–the actual book that Annie Wilkes forces Paul Sheldon to write. Annie is furious that Paul’s newest novel kills off her beloved Misery Chastain, and orders him to bring her back to life. As Paul works out how to resurrect Misery from the dead, he wrestles with the mechanics of storytelling and finds himself awed again by the mysteries of creation.
So many of King’s protagonists have been writers, and it was reading what King had to say about writing that made me realize how much I wanted to write myself. The most enjoyable part of Misery is watching Paul fall in love all over again with a character and genre he’d grown to hate, simply because he’s having so much fun writing. It inspires me to hit the keyboard and keep pushing forward on my own work.