History Literature / Misery

6th Jan '16 5:45:34 AM kraas
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* {{Bathos}}: The idea of someone who is twisted enough to hold their favorite author hostage and put them through what is essentially torture in order to get the book they want, yet refuses to use actual swear words nine times out of ten.
30th Nov '15 8:49:17 PM Berrenta
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In 1990, a film based on the book was created starring Creator/JamesCaan as Paul and Creator/KathyBates as Annie with LaurenBacall in a minor role. It was directed by Creator/RobReiner. 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]] for her psychotic BitchInSheepsClothing, which was good enough to be included in Bravo's OneHundredScariestMovieMoments.
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In 1990, a film based on the book was created starring Creator/JamesCaan as Paul and Creator/KathyBates as Annie with LaurenBacall in a minor role. It was directed by Creator/RobReiner. 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]] for her psychotic BitchInSheepsClothing, which was good enough to be included in Bravo's OneHundredScariestMovieMoments. ''Series/OneHundredScariestMovieMoments''.
21st Nov '15 3:49:54 PM MarchVee
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* CatScare: [[spoiler:Paul [[KindheartedCatLover adopts a cat]] at the end of the book and it startles him by popping out from behind the couch. He thinks it's Annie at first and that she's invincible. ]]
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* CatScare: [[spoiler:Paul [[KindheartedCatLover [[spoiler:After escaping captivity, Paul adopts a cat]] cat at the end of the book and it startles him by popping out from behind the couch. He thinks it's Annie at first and that she's invincible. ]]
1st Aug '15 3:55:23 PM Xythos
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* {{Dedication}}: Paul dedicates the manuscript of ''Misery's Return'' to Annie.

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* {{Dedication}}: Paul dedicates the manuscript of ''Misery's Return'' to Annie.Annie. * DespairSpeech: Only in the film. After a period of relative stabilty, Annie enters Paul's room during a rainy evening, visibly depressed. She tells him that she knows he doesn't and will never love her, and that she's afraid that he will eventually leave her.
1st Aug '15 3:44:41 PM Xythos
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* StrawNihilist: Annie. In the book, Paul realizes that she views other people as "dirty bird" or "poor things" that are better off dead. In the film, a scene shows her depressed because she sees life without Paul meaningless.
1st Jul '15 2:24:27 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Paul concedes that some of Annie's criticism of his writing is perceptive.
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Paul concedes that some of Annie's criticism of his writing is perceptive. actually quite perceptive; he especially finds her points about {{Deus Ex Machina}}s and {{Cliffhanger Copout}}s being BadWriting to be spot on, and eventually come to agree with her assessment that ''Fast Cars'' was pretentious.
23rd Jun '15 9:08:18 PM Angeldeb82
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* FilmOfTheBook: Starring James Caan as Paul and Kathy Bates as Annie.
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* FilmOfTheBook: TheFilmOfTheBook: Starring James Caan as Paul and Kathy Bates as Annie.
23rd Jun '15 9:07:00 PM Angeldeb82
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: To a 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: To a 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]].film.]]

* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]]: What Annie Wilkes ''thinks'' she is... ** AxCrazy: ...what she actually is. She then grows to becoming Lawnmower Crazy and [[spoiler:finally Chainsaw Crazy before expiring.]]
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* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]]: {{Ascended Fan|boy}}girl: What Annie Wilkes ''thinks'' she is... ** AxCrazy: ...what she actually is. She then grows to becoming Lawnmower Crazy and [[spoiler:finally Chainsaw Crazy before expiring.]]expiring]].

* CliffhangerCopout: Annie accuses Paul of this, when he first attemts to revive Misery by simply rewriting the end of the last book so that she never died. She brings up an example of her favorite childhood serial ''Rocket Man''. In one episode, the Rocket Man was locked into his car, which then fell off a cliff and exploded. The next episode showed the Rocket Man jumping out of his car in the last minute, which made Annie extremely angry, because "that wasn't what happened last week!"
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* CliffhangerCopout: Annie accuses Paul of this, when he first attemts attempts to revive Misery by simply rewriting the end of the last book so that she never died. She brings up an example of her favorite childhood serial ''Rocket Man''. In one episode, the Rocket Man was locked into his car, which then fell off a cliff and exploded. The next episode showed the Rocket Man jumping out of his car in the last minute, which made Annie extremely angry, because "that wasn't what happened last week!"

* GoshDarnItToHeck: Annie doesn't like it when your characters are dirty birds who use cockadoodie foul language... Paul also comes to realize that on the few occasions [[PrecisionFStrike she actually uses outright swearwords]] he should be even more afraid of her than usual. * GroinAttack: [[spoiler:See the NoKillLikeOverkill example. In the film she also does one to Paul in in their struggle, perhaps the one point she is on the defense.]]
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* GoshDarnItToHeck: GoshDangItToHeck: Annie doesn't like it when your characters are dirty birds who use cockadoodie foul language... Paul also comes to realize that on the few occasions [[PrecisionFStrike she actually uses outright swearwords]] he should be even more afraid of her than usual. * GroinAttack: [[spoiler:See the NoKillLikeOverkill ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill example. In the film she also does one to Paul in in their struggle, perhaps the one point she is on the defense.]]

* JerkAssHasAPoint: Paul concedes that some of Annie's criticism of his writing is perceptive.
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* JerkAssHasAPoint: JerkassHasAPoint: Paul concedes that some of Annie's criticism of his writing is perceptive.

* TheKindnapper: Annie Wilkes, who, upon finding Paul Sheldon, the protagonist and her favorite author, at the scene of a car accident, decides to take him home with her rather than ''at least attempt'' to call the hospital or for other emergency help. She's figured that since she's a trained nurse, she could take care of Paul herself! [[LoonyFan And she loves him,]] [[AbductionIsLove so surely he'll love her, too, once he gets to know her]]... * KitschCollection: Annie's. She [[spoiler:realizes Paul has been secretly exploring the house when he accidentally moves a porcelain penguin.]]
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* TheKindnapper: Annie Wilkes, who, upon finding Paul Sheldon, the protagonist and her favorite author, at the scene of a car accident, decides to take him home with her rather than ''at least attempt'' to call the hospital or for other emergency help. She's figured that since she's a trained nurse, she could take care of Paul herself! [[LoonyFan And she loves him,]] [[AbductionIsLove so surely he'll love her, too, once he gets to know her]]... her...]] * KitschCollection: Annie's. She [[spoiler:realizes Paul has been secretly exploring the house when he accidentally moves a porcelain penguin.]]penguin]].

* MoodWhiplash: Annie spouting phrases like "kaka-poopie-''doopie''!" in the middle of her "moods" is either [[PsychopathicManChild utterly terrifying]] or [[GoshDangItToHeck darkly hilarious.]]
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* MoodWhiplash: Annie spouting phrases like "kaka-poopie-''doopie''!" in the middle of her "moods" is either [[PsychopathicManChild [[PsychopathicManchild utterly terrifying]] or [[GoshDangItToHeck darkly hilarious.]]hilarious]].

* NoKillLikeOverkill: When it looks as if Paul is saved when a state trooper shows up, [[spoiler:Annie stabs the guy with a gravemarker in the chest, in the [[GroinAttack groin]], and in the ''butt'' among other places... and when it turns out he's ''still alive'', '''she runs him over with a riding lawnmower.''']]

-->"If you can get into that chair all by yourself, Paul," she said at last, "then I think you can [[PrecisionFStrike fill in your own fucking n's.]]"
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-->"If you can get into that chair all by yourself, Paul," she said at last, "then I think you can [[PrecisionFStrike fill in your own fucking n's.]]"n's]]."

* PetPeeveTrope: InUniverse-Annie's are CliffhangerCopout and ClusterFBomb.
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* PetPeeveTrope: InUniverse-Annie's InUniverse - Annie's are CliffhangerCopout and ClusterFBomb.

* PrecisionFStrike: When Annie tells Paul to "fill in his own fucking n's", he and the audience know [[OhCrap things are going to go bad.]]
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* PrecisionFStrike: When Annie tells Paul to "fill in his own fucking n's", he and the audience know [[OhCrap things are going to go bad.]]bad]].

* PsychopathicWomanchild: Annie.
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* PsychopathicWomanchild: [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]]: Annie.

** And Annie isn't happy when Paul's first attempt at ''Misery's Return'' retcons the ending of the previous book, considering it "[[CliffhangerCopout cheating]]". * SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Sherff Buster in the movie version. He spends most of the movie investigating Paul's disappearance and eventually arrives at Annie's house to question her, only to get shot to death by Annie when Paul manages to get his attention]] * SadisticChoice: [[spoiler:Burn the book you worked really hard on to break away from your style, or go without food, water, and that painkiller you're addicted to until you do]]. ** [[spoiler:In the movie, it's burn the book you worked really hard on to break away from your style, or ''burn yourself'']].
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** And Annie isn't happy when Paul's first attempt at ''Misery's Return'' retcons the ending of the previous book, considering it "[[CliffhangerCopout cheating]]". "{{c|liffhangerCopout}}heating". * SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Sherff Buster in the movie version. He spends most of the movie investigating Paul's disappearance and eventually arrives at Annie's house to question her, only to get shot to death by Annie when Paul manages to get his attention]] attention.]] * SadisticChoice: [[spoiler:Burn the book you worked really hard on to break away from your style, or go without food, water, and that painkiller you're addicted to until you do]]. do.]] ** [[spoiler:In the movie, it's burn the book you worked really hard on to break away from your style, or ''burn yourself'']].yourself''.]]

* SoundtrackDissonance: A great example in the film: "Moonlight Sonata" starts to play as [[spoiler:Annie breaks Paul's feet.]]
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* SoundtrackDissonance: A great example in the film: "Moonlight Sonata" starts to play as [[spoiler:Annie breaks Paul's feet.]]feet]].

** In the novel, she [[spoiler:tapes strands of her hair across doorways, drawers, and books,]] and figures out that [[spoiler:Paul left the room when she finds them broken]], making it an almost literal example.
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** In the novel, she [[spoiler:tapes strands of her hair across doorways, drawers, and books,]] books]], and figures out that [[spoiler:Paul left the room when she finds them broken]], making it an almost literal example.

** Also, those [[spoiler:patients?]] She thought she was [[spoiler: putting them out of their MISERY]].
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** Also, those [[spoiler:patients?]] [[spoiler:patients]]? She thought she was [[spoiler: putting them out of their MISERY]].

* SympathyForTheDevil: Paul wonders what [[AxCrazy Annie]] would've been like if all the chemicals would've formed right in her brain.
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* SympathyForTheDevil: Paul wonders what [[AxCrazy Annie]] {{A|xCrazy}}nnie would've been like if all the chemicals would've formed right in her brain.

* SympathyForTheDevil: ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: When it looks as if Paul wonders what [[AxCrazy Annie]] would've been like if all is saved when a state trooper shows up, [[spoiler:Annie stabs the chemicals would've formed right guy with a gravemarker in her brain.the chest, in the {{groin|Attack}}, and in the ''butt'' among other places... and when it turns out he's ''still alive'', '''she runs him over with a riding lawnmower.''']]

** But not before [[SherlockHolmes a popular Victorian character, killed off so the author could work on other things]], was SavedByTheFans.
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** But not before [[SherlockHolmes [[Literature/SherlockHolmes a popular Victorian character, killed off so the author could work on other things]], was SavedByTheFans.
4th Jun '15 12:00:06 PM Xythos
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* AmbiguousDisorder: Annie displays traits associated with an array of mental illnesses (at the very least, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, a severe personality disorder with paranoid and borderline features, and likely some sort of schizophrenic- or schizoaffective-spectrum disorder). In a special feature on the collector's edition DVD, a forensic psychologist described Annie as a "virtual catalog of mental illness."
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* AmbiguousDisorder: Annie displays traits associated with an array of mental illnesses (at the very least, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a severe personality disorder with paranoid paranoid, antisocial and borderline features, and likely some sort of schizophrenic- or schizoaffective-spectrum disorder). In a special feature on the collector's edition DVD, a forensic psychologist described Annie as a "virtual catalog of mental illness."

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* AmbiguousDisorder: TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: In the film, Annie displays traits associated with an array of mental illnesses has a much less threatening appearance than in the book, and is portrayed by the relatively unknown (at the very least, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, a severe personality disorder with paranoid and borderline features, and likely some sort of schizophrenic- or schizoaffective-spectrum disorder). In a special feature on time) Kathy Bates, thus giving the collector's edition DVD, a forensic psychologist described Annie as a "virtual catalog impression of mental illness."being a common woman in her forties. The effect is unsettling.
3rd Jun '15 5:53:17 PM redandready45
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** EvilIsHammy: And also why Annie is played that (horrifying!) way.
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** EvilIsHammy: And also why Annie is played that (horrifying!) way.way. * LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: After being forced to burn the book he wanted to publish, Paul gets back at Annie by burning the book she wanted published, although in the written version, he just set fire to some paper with the cover on it]].
3rd Jun '15 5:53:17 PM redandready45
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