History Literature / Misery

26th Apr '18 11:21:37 PM Eagal
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* AffablyEvil / FauxAffablyEvil: Annie Wilkes is very cordial when she isn't throwing a fit, but her madness makes it hard to guess if it's genuine, fake or even both.



** AxCrazy: ...what she actually is. She then grows to becoming Lawnmower Crazy and [[spoiler:finally Chainsaw Crazy before expiring]].
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Buster.



%%* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Buster.
* AxCrazy: Annie is murderously insane.



* BerserkButton: By the end of the story, Paul knows better than to correct Annie. Also, swearing also makes Annie really mad.

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
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By the end of the story, Paul knows better than to correct Annie. Also, swearing also makes Annie really mad.



* [[ShowWithinAShow Book Within A Book]]: ''Misery's Return'', of course. The reader gets to see bits of it, particularly passages that mirror Paul's situation.



** PunBasedTitle: In a way. The film's tagline was even "This Christmas there will be ''Misery''".
* EarnYourHappyEnding

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** PunBasedTitle: In a way. The film's tagline was even "This Christmas there will be ''Misery''".
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%%* EarnYourHappyEnding



* EvilOverlooker: The poster above.

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* EvilIsHammy: And also why Annie is played that (horrifying!) way.
* EvilOverlooker: The movie poster above.prominently featured Annie in this manner.



* FauxAffablyEvil: Annie Wilkes is very cordial when she isn't throwing a fit, but her madness makes it hard to guess if it's genuine, fake or even both.



* GenreSavvy: Annie is, in the film, at least as far as Paul's writing habits go. When he tells her he's already made copies of his new novel (in an attempt to keep from having to burn the only copy), she knows he's bluffing because she's read and seen every interview he's ever given, and knows he never makes copies of his work.



** TooDumbToLive: On the other hand, going to the home of a suspected murderer/kidnapper all by yourself isn't a very bright idea. He should've at least informed the state police that Anne Wilkes is a suspect in the case. [[spoiler:Him being alone makes it easy for Annie to kill him when he finds Paul in the basement.]]



** EvilIsHammy: And also why Annie is played that (horrifying!) way.



* LoonyFan: Guess.

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* LoonyFan: Guess.Annie, to the point where she holds her favorite author hostage.



* MarySue / CanonSue: Misery is an in-universe example. Paul is all too aware of this, and that is why he hates her.

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* MarySue / CanonSue: MarySue: Misery is an in-universe example. Paul is all too aware of this, and that is why he hates her.



* OneParagraphChapter: Taken UpToEleven. "Rinse."

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* %%* OneParagraphChapter: Taken UpToEleven. "Rinse."



* [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]]: Annie.

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* %%* [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]]: Annie.Annie.
* PunBasedTitle: In a way. The film's tagline was even "This Christmas there will be ''Misery''".



* SavedByTheFans: Misery herself. In-universe.

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* SavedByTheFans: Misery herself. In-universe. Annie forces Paul to rewrite her death.



* ShowWithinAShow: Rather, Book Within A Book. ''Misery's Return'', of course. The reader gets to see bits of it, particularly passages that mirror Paul's situation.



* TheSociopath: Annie in spades.

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* %%* TheSociopath: Annie in spades.



* TooDumbToLive: On the other hand, going to the home of a suspected murderer/kidnapper all by yourself isn't a very bright idea. He should've at least informed the state police that Anne Wilkes is a suspect in the case. [[spoiler:Him being alone makes it easy for Annie to kill him when he finds Paul in the basement.]]



* {{Yandere}}: Oh dear lord, Annie.

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* %%* {{Yandere}}: Oh dear lord, Annie.
26th Apr '18 11:09:20 PM Eagal
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Creator/RobReiner directed a [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] in 1990, starring Creator/JamesCaan as Paul and Creator/KathyBates as Annie, with Creator/LaurenBacall in a minor role as Paul's publisher. A few details aside, it's very faithful to the book and was critically acclaimed. Bates' role is considered to be one of her best, and she took home the Best Actress [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] (to date the only one awarded to a King movie) for her psychotic BitchInSheepsClothing, which was good enough to be included in Bravo's ''Series/OneHundredScariestMovieMoments''.

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Creator/RobReiner directed a [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] in 1990, starring Creator/JamesCaan as Paul and Creator/KathyBates as Annie, with Creator/LaurenBacall in a minor role as Paul's publisher. A few details aside, it's very faithful to the book and was critically acclaimed. Bates' role is considered to be one of her best, and she took home the Best Actress [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] (to date the only one awarded to a King movie) for her psychotic BitchInSheepsClothing, which was good enough to be included in Bravo's ''Series/OneHundredScariestMovieMoments''.
publisher.
23rd Apr '18 4:38:07 PM Yukianesa
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* SanityHasAdvantages: Paul is injured and helpless but he does have one useful advantage over Annie: she allows her love of Misery to cloud her judgement and he can manipulate her by invoking the character's honour, wellbeing, etc. Annie won't kill him until he finishes ''Misery's Return'', and when he sets the draft on fire at the end, Annie immediately drops her guard to "rescue" Misery from the flames, which gives him an opening to whack her over the head.

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* SanityHasAdvantages: Paul is injured and helpless but he does have one useful advantage over Annie: she allows her love of Misery to cloud her judgement and he can manipulate her by invoking the character's honour, wellbeing, etc. Annie won't kill him until he finishes ''Misery's Return'', and when he [[spoiler:seemingly]] sets the draft on fire at the end, Annie immediately drops her guard to "rescue" Misery from the flames, which gives him an opening to whack her over the head.opening.
23rd Apr '18 3:59:57 PM Yukianesa
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* SavedByTheFans: Misery herself. In-universe

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* SanityHasAdvantages: Paul is injured and helpless but he does have one useful advantage over Annie: she allows her love of Misery to cloud her judgement and he can manipulate her by invoking the character's honour, wellbeing, etc. Annie won't kill him until he finishes ''Misery's Return'', and when he sets the draft on fire at the end, Annie immediately drops her guard to "rescue" Misery from the flames, which gives him an opening to whack her over the head.
* SavedByTheFans: Misery herself. In-universeIn-universe.
10th Apr '18 7:38:34 PM redandready45
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18th Mar '18 11:22:22 AM jeffreyloonychen
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: [[DownplayedTrope To a]] ''[[DownplayedTrope very]]'' [[DownplayedTrope small degree.]] While Kathy Bates isn't exactly what many people would call a looker, she was at least clean and well-groomed, a '''far''' cry from how Annie was in the novel: a huge blob of a woman who dressed dumpily and stank of dirt, half-spoiled food, and cheap makeup. [[TropesAreNotBad This serves to make Annie a more sinister character in the film.]]

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: [[DownplayedTrope To a]] ''[[DownplayedTrope very]]'' [[DownplayedTrope small degree.]] While Kathy Bates isn't exactly what many people would call a looker, she was at least clean and well-groomed, a '''far''' cry from how Annie was in the novel: a [[FatSlob huge blob of a woman who dressed dumpily and stank of dirt, half-spoiled food, and cheap makeup.makeup]]. [[TropesAreNotBad This serves to make Annie a more sinister character in the film.]]
20th Feb '18 7:33:38 AM Hawaii_Knut
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* AffablyEvil / FauxAffablyEvil: Annie Wilkes.

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* AffablyEvil / FauxAffablyEvil: Annie Wilkes.Wilkes is very cordial when she isn't throwing a fit, but her madness makes it hard to guess if it's genuine, fake or even both.
15th Feb '18 11:12:37 AM Pren
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* GenreShift: Paul changes the Misery Chastain series from pulpy adventures to GothicRomance full of family secrets.

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* GenreShift: Paul changes the Misery Chastain series from pulpy adventures to GothicRomance Gothic romance full of family secrets.
14th Feb '18 7:55:41 PM Pren
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* GenreShift: Paul changes the Misery Chastain series from pulpy adventures to GothicRomance full of family secrets.
12th Feb '18 7:21:50 AM Pren
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** The addition of Sheriff Buster adds some much appreciated comic relief to what could be a hopelessly grim story, plus [[spoiler:pulling a nasty BaitAndSwitch on the audience as we start to think Paul only has to hang on long enough for Buster to find him, only for him to be immediately killed, similar to the previous King adaptation ''Film/TheShining''.]]
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