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A 1977 novel by Creator/StephenKing. King's third published novel, ''The Shining'' became a bestseller, and established King as a preeminent author in the horror genre.

In 1980, it was loosely adapted into [[Film/TheShining a movie]] by Creator/StanleyKubrick. Though quite different from the original, the film has become a classic in its own right. Still, Stephen King was irritated at the changes (while remaining lukewarm-to-positive about the film overall), and it was more faithfully remade as a 1997 miniseries starring Steven Weber and Rebecca De Mornay. It didn't fare as well with the critics.

A sequel titled ''Literature/DoctorSleep'' was released in late 2013.
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!!Contains the following tropes:
* AbusiveParents:
** Jack's father was a violent DomesticAbuser, who also beat up his kids regularly.
** Wendy's mother abused her emotionally.
** Jack also accidentally broke Danny's arm - while trying to spank him for misbehaving. Later {{Defied|Trope}}, as Jack is horrified by what he does to Danny.
* ActionGirl - Averted, as Wendy is anything but. During the DVD commentary for the 1997 miniseries, Stephen King comments that Rebecca [=DeMornay=] asked him if Wendy could have had karate lessons. Uh, no...Your average housewife would not have that kind of training. King does point out that it was a challenge to believably adapt the Wendy character--who is college educated but unemployed with no social support network--to a 1990s audience. Why does she stay with Jack?
** If the story takes place in the 1970s (when it was written), women often did take classes in simple self-defense at that time. Given Wendy's general disposition, though, she most likely never did.
* AdultFear: Jack is soaking in it.
* TheAlcoholic DomesticAbuser: Jack is/was trying very hard not to be this, because he doesn't want to be like his dad.
* AntiVillain: Jack Torrance could be considered one.
* ArcWords: "Unmask! Unmask!"; "REDRUM"; "Come down here and take your medicine!"
* AxCrazy: '''DUH!'''
** Though, the ax was only in the movie. In the book, it's more like Mallet Crazy.
* BiggerBad: The malevolent force behind Overlook Hotel.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Jack dies, but Wendy, Danny, and Hallorann escape and the Overlook is destroyed. An epilogue shows them with Hallorann at his new job in less-threatening mountains. Wendy is recovering from the back injuries Jack gave her with the roque club (while possessed) and Danny is still traumatized, though they are getting better.]]
* BringMyBrownPants: Danny wets his pants during several instances of extreme stress or terror, most notably when confronted with the thing in the bathtub of Room 217.
* CanonWelding: Several of King's later works have entities very similar to the Hotel itself. To say nothing of the [[MythologyGag occasional references to the events of the book in other works]].
* ChekhovsGun: The handyman's spiel about the old, dangerous boiler.
* CoolOldGuy: Hallorann, and Watson for a lesser extent.
* ClusterFBomb: It's done by, surprisingly [[spoiler: the Hotel itself. It's not uncommon in King's works to find the inhuman monster being so humanly vulgar]].
* CreatorCameo: Stephen King appears in the 1997 adaptation as a bandleader.
* DaddysGirl: Wendy was like this.
* DepravedBisexual: Horace Derwent, to some extent. In the party scene in the book, Jack spots Derwent sadistically humiliating his lover Roger in front of the other ghostly guests.
* DepravedHomosexual: Horace's lover Roger.
* DirtyMindReading: Danny "hears" a female hotel guest thinking that she'd like to get into a bellhop's pants...which leads to him wondering [[InnocentInaccurate why she didn't just put on some pants of her own]].
* DroneOfDread
* DropTheHammer: Jack's WeaponOfChoice in the novel and miniseries is a roque mallet.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: ''Something'' is seen coming out of the Hotel as it burns up, before it dissolves into nothingness]].
** EldritchLocation: The Hotel itself.
* {{Expy}}: Horace Derwent, an eccentric millionaire recluse, aviator, and director who bought the Overlook in the '30s, is clearly supposed to be [[TheAviator Howard Hughes]].
* FaceHeelTurn: Jack Torrance, Grady, and probably a lot of other caretakers who got too comfortable with the Overlook over the years.
* FauxShadow: A character mentions a large picture window, how expensive it was to install, and to take care that it doesn't get broken. Rather disappointingly, it doesn't get broken [[spoiler: until the hotel explodes.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: References to [[spoiler: the old, rather dangerous boiler that requires steam pressure to be manually relieved.]]
* ForTheEvulz: While they need Jack to kill Danny and Wendy, the ghosts of the Overlook have no qualms against messing with his mind for little more than kicks.
* GameFace: "All right. No more masks."
* GeniusLoci: Yes, the hotel is infested with ghosts, but it seems that it's less the ghosts and more the hotel itself, which is implied to be both alive and VERY sadistic.
* GoodLuckGesture: When the Torrances are driving up the mountain in their unreliable VW Bug. Danny is confident that the car will make it. Wendy isn't and keeps her fingers crossed, Danny glances down and sees through her sandals that she crossed her toes as well.
* {{Gorn}}: While the movie and miniseries avert this, the novel contains some quite horrific examples, especially in the climax. Special mention goes to the bit [[spoiler: where Danny tries to break his father from the hotel's influence, only to have Jack become completely possessed and forced to slam his own face with the roque mallet several times until he is finally dead and the ghosts can take full control of his body.]]
* TheHeartless: The Overlook itself is hinted at being an example. See HiveMind below.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Jack is temporarily returned to normal by his psychic son, Danny. Realizing what the hotel has done to him, Jack tells Danny that he loves him and tells him to escape while he still can.]] In the minseries [[spoiler: Jack regains control one last time to ensure the hotel goes boom]].
* HellHotel
* HiveMind: The hotel's ghosts/psychic echo supposedly comprise one.
** At one point it is compared to the collective group intelligence of a hive of pissed off wasps Hallorann saw in his youth. There is also a hive of wasps in the storyline itself, furthering the symbolism.
** When Danny enters room 217 in the novel, he tries to read the mind of the infamous bathtub lady. The experience is compared to sticking your hand inside a wasp's nest.
* IgnoredEpiphany: In one chapter, Jack realizes how he's being manipulated by the hotel, but changes his mind and blames things on his son. He understood quite well what was happening. He also realized at that point it was too late, and just how deep the hotel's claws had sunk into his mind. Kind of like a self loathing alcoholic who knows he's fallen off the wagon, but feels he's too far gone to even try anymore. Blaming his son was just his way of shifting the blame for his own failure from himself.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler: Danny to Jack. Jack manages to come through long enough to tell Danny that he loves him very much and begs him to run away, before the hotel, in a very brutal fashion, erases what little there was left of Jack's soul.]]
* InnocentSwearing: When Danny and Wendy talk about the family car:
-->'''Danny:''' Do you think the bug will break down?
-->'''Wendy:''' No, I don't think so.
-->'''Danny:''' Dad said it might. He said the fuel pump was all shot to shit.
-->'''Wendy:''' Don't say that, Danny.
-->'''Danny:''' ''(surprised)'' Fuel pump?
* IronicEcho: In the miniseries, "That's what I've been missing".
* ISeeDeadPeople: Numerous and varied.
* JerkassHasaPoint: Mr. Ullman the hotel manager may be an "officious little prick," but he is quite right that hiring Jack Torrance, an abusive alcoholic, as the winter caretaker is a bad idea.
* KillItWithFire: Jack and Hallorann recall [[spoiler: burning wasps' nests and how "fire destroys everything" and later, good!Jack delays possessed!Jack just long enough so that he fails to dump the steam in the hotel boilers and [[StuffBlowingUp blows up]] the Overlook in a glorious fireball.]]
** Grady tells Jack that his girls attempted this, which is why he "corrected" them.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Horace Derwent is a thinly veiled Howard Hughes. In the movie, he's the guy in the bedroom not wearing the dog costume.
* LegacyCharacter: In-universe. "You've ''always'' been the caretaker."
* LetThePastBurn: The haunted hotel burns up and dissolves into nothingness.
* LivingBodysuit: [[spoiler: Jack ultimately becomes this for the Overlook's HiveMind]]
* LockedInAFreezer: Happens to Jack in the storeroom. Sometimes this is not as effective as you might think.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: The book usually doesn't censor profanity, but the trope is used once for comic effect. Hallorann gets Danny's message, when he's driving, and he swerves across the lane, almost crashing into a workman's Pinto. The workman's reaction is described thus:
-->"He invited the driver of the limo to perform an illegal sex act on himself. To engage in oral congress with various rodents and birds. He articulated his own proposal that all persons of Negro blood return to their native continent. He expressed his sincere belief in the position the limo-driver's soul would occupy in the afterlife. He finished by saying that he believed he had met the limo-driver's [[YourMom mother in a New Orleans house of prostitution.]]"
* MagicalNegro: Hallorann could count as one.
** Lampshaded when Hallorann briefly wonders why he should risk his life to help three white people. (The answer is that because of their telepathic abilities, him and Danny formed a very close bond, despite meeting only once).
* MostWritersAreWriters: Jack wrote several short stories, and he's working on a play.
* TheNapoleon: Overlook manager Stuart Ullman, a short man who acts like a smarmy bully with Jack.
* NewHouseNewProblems: The hotel, though the Torrances are only planning a temporary stay.
* NostalgiaHeaven: This is the plot. Dead people stay in the hotel forever as ghosts at a 1945 party.
* NotNowKiddo: Danny knows from the beginning that the Overlook Hotel is bad news. But he can't tell this to his parents, not just because he's a kid but also because they're in denial about Danny's psychic powers. He also knows how important this job is to the family, so he hopes that he's wrong (sometimes, his precognition does fail).
* OffTheWagon: Jack quit drinking after a drunken ride with his friend Al Shockley ended up with Al hitting a bike parked in the middle of the road one night while both of them were very drunk. The bike was destroyed but nobody was hurt, though the incident so spooked the two men that they both quit drinking that day. The Overlook eventually gets him to drink again.
* OracularUrchin
* ParentalFavoritism: Jack was his father's favorite, though he still beat him regularly. Jack still loved him as best he could, even when the rest of the family began to hate him.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Overlook Hotel and its minions.
* PsychicPowers: The "shining" of the title.
* PrecisionFStrike: While there's a lot of swearing in the novel, Wendy uses profanity only once. At night, the elevator starts going by itself. Jack goes to check on it; Wendy tries to hold him back, but he shoves her away.
-->'''Jack:''' It... Wendy, it's my job.
-->'''Wendy:''' Fuck your job.
* PreMortemOneLiner: In the miniseries, just before [[spoiler: Jack makes the boiler explode]]:
-->[[spoiler: '''Jack:''' Gentlemen...I think the party's over]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: In the minseries only, [[spoiler: Jack returns to normal one last time and lets his family escape to deal with the hotel himself. He and the hotel were killed in the explosion of the boiler. He reappears as a ghost one last time in the ending.]]
* ReplacementGoldfish: Hallorann, almost. [[spoiler: After Jack's death, the hotel's spirit nearly persuades Hallorann to finish what Jack started and murder Danny and Wendy himself.]]
* {{Room 101}}: Room 217, and the Presidential Suite.
* SanitySlippage: And how!
* SirSwearsALot: Watson, the maintenance man. Al Shockley, when he can't remember Watson's name, refers to him as "that guy who swears all the time".
* TheStinger: Miniseries only. [[spoiler:[[NotQuiteDead A ghostly version of the Overlook is seen.]]]]
* SnowedIn: "''WE ARE SNOWED IN!''" (Jack to Wendy when she keeps talking about getting Danny out of the Overlook.
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: Subverted. This is shown when Jack [[spoiler:destroys his face with the roque mallet to simultaneously show Danny he's gone and delay the Overlook.]]
* SurvivalMantra: Jack keeps constantly mentally describing Ullman as an "Officious little prick" to help control himself from losing control of his temper due to his nerves during his job interview for the Overlook. However, this crosses into BrickJoke territory as Jack's train of thought is interrupted by Ullman, rather deadpan, stating that he gets the feeling that Jack doesn't like him.
* TakeAMomentToCatchYourDeath: The evil spirits animating Jack Torrance think they have gotten to the boiler in time and relieved the pressure. They are wrong.
* TruerToTheText: The 1997 miniseries is far closer to Stephen King's book than the Kubrick film, [[spoiler: with the huge exception of the {{Bowdlerise}}d ending]]. It's not typically seen as an improvement over the Kubrick version.
* VocalDissonance: Grady is described as looking like a thug in spite of his fine clothes, but his voice sounds refined and educated.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"You've always been the caretaker."]]
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