History Literature / Misery

12th Sep '17 11:52:20 AM MetaFour
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* {{Hikikomori}}: Except to purchase food (and the next copy of Misery's romantic escapades, of course), Annie rarely if ever leaves her secluded cabin.


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* TheShutIn: Except to purchase food (and the next copy of Misery's romantic escapades, of course), Annie rarely if ever leaves her secluded cabin.
4th Sep '17 9:37:40 PM Lightysnake
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* NotQuiteDead: Subverted here. The police inform Paul they couldn't find Annie's body...[[spoiler: except she only briefly survived to stagger close by and die there.]]


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** Paul has an epic one [[spoiler: when the police inform him Annie's body isn't where he left it.]]
10th Aug '17 7:03:07 PM PaulA
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* ArcWords: Can You?, Africa, goddess, "Now I must rinse..."

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* ArcWords: ArcWords:
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Can You?, Africa, goddess, You?
** Africa
** goddess
** So vivid.
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"Now I must rinse..."
18th Jul '17 5:07:10 PM zealots
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--> [[spoiler:'''Paul:''': Why not? [[HeWhoFightsMonsters I learned it from you.]]]]



--> [[spoiler:'''Paul:''': Why not? [[HeWhoFightsMonsters I learned it from you.]]]]
18th Jul '17 12:34:08 PM zealots
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** In the book Paul's reason for refusing to write the story is a little more nuanced -- he knows he could write the story his agent wants, and that it would probably sell very well, but if he did it it would be tantamount to admitting he could never write again. As Paul puts it:
--> '''Paul''': Writing may be masturbatory, but God forbid it should be an act of autocannibalism.
18th Jul '17 12:29:40 PM zealots
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** [[spoiler:Paul Dugan, Annie's ex-husband who, by all accounts, got as far away from Annie as he could after leaving her. Smart man.]]
18th Jul '17 12:25:25 PM zealots
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Annie's morality, such as it is, is a classic case of this. In certain ways she is almost prudish, exhibiting a childish distaste for swearing, smoking, and other types of "adult vices". She refuses to take Paul's money out of his wallet, even though she has already gone through it to confiscate his IDs. But when it comes to holding a man prisoner against his will for months, or murdering patients under her care, Annie justifies it by telling herself they are "poor poor things" that are better off dead (and as Paul realizes, she sees all of humanity as either poor poor things or "dirty birdies" that are out to get her).

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Annie's morality, such as it is, is a classic case of this. In certain ways she is almost prudish, exhibiting a childish distaste for swearing, smoking, and other types of "adult vices". She refuses to take Paul's money out of his wallet, even though she has already gone through it to confiscate his IDs.[=IDs=]. But when it comes to holding a man prisoner against his will for months, or murdering patients under her care, Annie justifies it by telling herself they are "poor poor things" that are better off dead (and as Paul realizes, she sees all of humanity as either poor poor things or "dirty birdies" that are out to get her).
18th Jul '17 12:24:38 PM zealots
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Annie's morality, such as it is, is a classic case of this. In certain ways she is almost prudish, exhibiting a childish distaste for swearing, smoking, and other types of "adult vices". She refuses to take Paul's money out of his wallet, even though she has already gone through it to confiscate his IDs. But when it comes to holding a man prisoner against his will for months, or murdering patients under her care, Annie justifies it by telling herself they are "poor poor things" that are better off dead (and as Paul realizes, she sees all of humanity as either poor poor things or "dirty birdies" that are out to get her).
* BookDumb: Annie is a strange case. She went to higher education, obtained a nursing degree, and has worked in hospitals across the country, so when it comes to medicine and triage she is very knowledgeable. She also has a few areas of practical knowledge to call upon, things a woman living alone in the mountains would need to know such as carpentry and maintenance (and self-defense, as Paul finds when she informs him that she took judo classes). But in most other areas, particularly areas of culture, Annie is shockingly ignorant, being unaware of basic writing tropes such as the DeusExMachina which even most non-writers are familiar with (though as Paul comes to understand, she understands the concept in everything but name).


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* MissingTime: An aspect of Annie which is absent from the film. Several times throughout the book she will trail off in the middle of conversation with Paul, going silent for seconds or even minutes before continuing to speak like nothing happened. Paul realizes how bad she has this when she tells him she has been a nurse for ten years (having read her book by this time, Paul knows she has actually been a nurse for upwards of twenty years, meaning she has lost ''entire years'' of her life to these stupors). [[spoiler:Later when she is about to cut off his foot, Paul sees that she has slipped into one of these "blank states" again, and realizes that she blanks out every time she hurts or murders someone -- which, as her book has already informed him, she does quite a bit]].


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* TheParanoiac: Annie thinks ''everyone'' is out to get her, from those dirty bird neighbors the Roydmans to an unfailingly polite county official who drives out to her house to inform her that she's had a lien placed on her for failure to pay her taxes. Partly this is her deep-seated mental illness at work, but part of it is actually rooted in reality, as after [[spoiler:being publicly tried for the murder of several infants and being acquitted only for lack of hard evidence]] Annie has become something of an infamous figure in her neck of the woods. And as for Paul...
--> '''Paul''' (thinking about the Roydmans Annie insists are out to get her): ''I don't know about them... but '''I''' sure am.''


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* PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery: This is the motivation behind the bulk of Annie's murders. [[spoiler:At first she limits herself to people who are already close to death, but after her husband leaves her she starts killing babies because "in her deepening psychotic spiral she had begun to see all of them as poor-poor-things"]].


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* WomanInWhite: While the Annie of reality dresses in a very sloppy and haphazard manner, the Annie in Paul's nightmares is always dressed in the whites of a nurse.
11th Jul '17 5:37:53 PM Oh_what_fun
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* TrustMeImAnX: In the novel when Annie [[spoiler:is about to cut off Paul's leg to punish him, she]] says: "Don't worry. I'm a trained nurse." She is, but that doesn't make it much better.

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* TrustMeImAnX: In the novel when Annie [[spoiler:is about to cut off Paul's leg foot to punish him, she]] says: "Don't worry. I'm a trained nurse." She is, but that doesn't make it much better.
5th Jul '17 10:19:00 AM SkidTroper
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* AdultFear: Being kidnapped and trapped in a house belonging to an psychotic person who'll hurt you on a whim can happen, and has happened, many times in real-life.
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