History YMMV / Misery

18th Jul '17 6:48:19 AM zealots
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* CryForTheDevil: In addition to the movie-only TearJerker moment described below, there are a couple of scenes late in the novel where one ''almost'' forgets, if only for a moment, what a terrifying and terrible person Annie Wilkes is. In one, protagonist Paul Sheldon himself laments WhatCouldHaveBeen for Annie if she were not so deeply mentally ill after she shows him an unexpected moment of kindness. In another, Annie has something of a VillainousBreakdown after the press gets wind of her latest doings and pays her a visit, and for readers who share her anxiety for crowds it's a disturbing moment of empathy with an otherwise wholly unsympathetic character.



* FridgeHorror: When reading through Annie's "Memory Lane" book, Paul finds out that she was married and then divorced by her husband, with Annie's writing on the divorce page showing that she was ''pissed'' about it. There's no clipping about the ex-husband meeting a nasty death afterwards, so it seems like the poor guy got away okay. Except that much earlier on, Annie refers to herself as a "poor ''widow''" and her MO has been shown to evolve to hiding bodies after she kills them, making it possible that she ''did'' kill him but his remains were never discovered and Paul simply didn't connect the dots.[[note]]Though it's also possible that Annie just pretends her husband died instead of divorced her.[[/note]]

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* FridgeHorror: When reading through Annie's "Memory Lane" book, Paul finds out that she was married and then divorced by her husband, with Annie's writing on the divorce page showing that she was ''pissed'' about it. There's no clipping about the ex-husband meeting a nasty death afterwards, so it seems like the poor guy got away okay. Except that much earlier on, Annie refers to herself as a "poor ''widow''" and her MO has been shown to evolve to hiding bodies after she kills them, making it possible that she ''did'' kill him but his remains were never discovered and Paul simply didn't connect the dots.[[note]]Though it's also possible that Annie just pretends her husband died instead of divorced her.her, and it bears noting that Annie's book contains obituaries for ''all'' her other victims.[[/note]]
20th Apr '17 12:27:47 AM LongHairDontCare
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* FridgeHorror: When reading through Annie's "Memory Lane" book, Paul finds out that she was married and then divorced by her husband, with Annie's writing on the divorce page showing that she was ''pissed'' about it. There's no clipping about the ex-husband meeting a nasty death afterwards, so it seems like the poor guy got away okay. Except that much earlier in the book, Annie refers to herself as a "poor ''widow''" and her MO has been shown to evolve to hiding bodies after she kills them, making it possible that she ''did'' kill him but his remains were never discovered and Paul simply didn't connect the dots.[[note]]Though it's also possible that Annie just pretends her husband died instead of divorced her.[[/note]]

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* FridgeHorror: When reading through Annie's "Memory Lane" book, Paul finds out that she was married and then divorced by her husband, with Annie's writing on the divorce page showing that she was ''pissed'' about it. There's no clipping about the ex-husband meeting a nasty death afterwards, so it seems like the poor guy got away okay. Except that much earlier in the book, on, Annie refers to herself as a "poor ''widow''" and her MO has been shown to evolve to hiding bodies after she kills them, making it possible that she ''did'' kill him but his remains were never discovered and Paul simply didn't connect the dots.[[note]]Though it's also possible that Annie just pretends her husband died instead of divorced her.[[/note]]
20th Apr '17 12:26:59 AM LongHairDontCare
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* FridgeHorror: When reading through Annie's "Memory Lane" book, Paul finds out that she was married and then divorced by her husband, with Annie's writing on the divorce page showing that she was ''pissed'' about it. There's no clipping about the ex-husband meeting a nasty death afterwards, so it seems like the poor guy got away okay. Except that much earlier in the book, Annie refers to herself as a "poor ''widow''" and her MO has been shown to evolve to hiding bodies after she kills them, making it possible that she ''did'' kill him but his remains were never discovered and Paul simply didn't connect the dots.[[note]]Though it's also possible that Annie just pretends her husband died instead of divorced her.[[/note]]
29th Nov '16 7:19:19 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AwardSnub: Sure, Kathy Bates deserves all the praise she received for playing the terrifying Annie Wilkes, but James Caan gives a brilliant performance too, and yet got no nominations.

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* AwardSnub: Sure, Kathy Bates Creator/KathyBates deserves all the praise she received for playing the terrifying Annie Wilkes, but James Caan Creator/JamesCaan gives a brilliant performance too, and yet got no nominations.



* TearJerker: The movie has a scene in which a depressed Annie opens up to Paul about her fear of him abandoning her. It's an unexpectedly humanizing moment for Annie, and both Kathy Bates and James Caan act it perfectly. Unfortunately, it quickly turns to NightmareFuel.

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* TearJerker: The movie has a scene in which a depressed Annie opens up to Paul about her fear of him abandoning her. It's an unexpectedly humanizing moment for Annie, and both Kathy Bates Creator/KathyBates and James Caan Creator/JamesCaan act it perfectly. Unfortunately, it quickly turns to NightmareFuel.
23rd Oct '16 5:28:10 PM maxwellsilver
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* HarsherInHindsight: Paul is in the middle of an ongoing series when he gets in a serious car accident before finishing it. King nearly died in 1999 after being hit by a van while writing the ''Dark Tower'' series.

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Paul is in the middle of an ongoing series when he gets in a serious car accident before finishing it. King nearly died in 1999 after being hit by a van while writing the ''Dark Tower'' series.



** Two words: "[[{{Fingore}} Special candle.]]"

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** Two words: "[[{{Fingore}} Special "Special candle.]]""



* NoYay: [[{{Yandere}} Annie Wilkes]] and Paul Sheldon, especially in the book. She's an ex-nurse LoonyFan of the disillusioned writer who saved him from a car crash and slowly nurses him back to health. It's eventually revealed that Annie has killed several of her patients, and her mood constantly swings between cheerful and psychotic. It culminates with Annie [[spoiler:amputating Paul's leg.]]

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* NoYay: [[{{Yandere}} Annie Wilkes]] Wilkes and Paul Sheldon, especially in the book. She's an ex-nurse LoonyFan of the disillusioned writer who saved him from a car crash and slowly nurses him back to health. It's eventually revealed that Annie has killed several of her patients, and her mood constantly swings between cheerful and psychotic. It culminates with Annie [[spoiler:amputating Paul's leg.]]
10th Jan '16 1:16:48 PM thatmadork
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* FridgeBrilliance: Paul eventually grows to consider ''Misery's Return'' the best book he's ever written. But of course it is! It's the only book he's ever ''literally written like his life depended on it''.
4th Jun '15 12:05:41 PM Xythos
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** In 1991, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beverley_Allitt Beverley Allitt]], an English nurse, committed four murders in a children's ward. The fact that she looks a bit like Annie makes it even scarier.
25th May '15 2:24:03 PM PriceCheck
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* HollywoodHomely: Annie played by Kathy Bates is a plump woman of average appearance, clean and carefully groomed. The character in the book has been described as very unattractive, a shapeless fat body, reeking of dirt and poor-quality cosmetics.
7th May '15 10:35:12 PM Seanette
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* TearJerker: The movie has a scene in which a depressed Annie opens up to Paul about her fear of him abandoning her. It's an unexpectedly humanizing moment for Annie, and both Annie Wilkes and James Caan act it perfectly. Unfortunately, it quickly turns to NightmareFuel.

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* TearJerker: The movie has a scene in which a depressed Annie opens up to Paul about her fear of him abandoning her. It's an unexpectedly humanizing moment for Annie, and both Annie Wilkes Kathy Bates and James Caan act it perfectly. Unfortunately, it quickly turns to NightmareFuel.
7th May '15 2:20:24 PM Xythos
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* TearJerker: The movie has a scene in which a depressed Annie opens up to Paul about her fear of him abandoning her. It's an unexpectedly humanizing moment for Annie, and both Annie Wilkes and James Caan act it perfectly. Unfortunately, it quickly turns to NightmareFuel.
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