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* AwardSnub: Sure, Creator/KathyBates deserves all the praise she received for playing the terrifying Annie Wilkes, but Creator/JamesCaan gives a brilliant performance too, and yet got no nominations.
* 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 is. In one, Paul 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.
* 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''.
* 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, and it bears noting that Annie's book contains obituaries for ''all'' her other victims. Since the album contained a news clipping about Paul's disappearance, it stands to reason there would have been a similar clipping present if Annie's ex also disappeared.[[/note]]
* 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.
** 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.
** Annie breaking Paul's legs gets even more horrifying given then--13-year-old Thad Philip's 1995 ordeal at the hands of Joe Clark--kidnapped and held prisoner for 43 hours while Clark broke the bones in his legs. Philips finally escaped by throwing himself down the stairs and dragging himself to a phone, by which point he was within two hours of death from internal bleeding. He survived, but needed numerous surgeries and walks with a limp to this day. [[note]] And he was the ''lucky'' one--Clark ''murdered'' two other boys in this manner[[/note]]
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Paul's ''Misery'' series is focused on a pretty but flighty young woman who is the focus of two guys who do all the cool stuff. The series is obscenely popular. Fans, but especially middle-aged women, adore it. Critics everywhere skewer it. [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Almost twenty years later...]] Even more hilarious what with Stephen's [[{{TakeThat}} reaction]] to said novels...
** Two decades after Kathy Bates played Annie, she appeared in ''Film/MidnightInParis'' as Gertrude Stein, and the protagonist desperately ''wanting'' her to read his writing and hear her opinion is a plot point.
** Paul continually tries to expand his writing work, only to constantly get tons of complaints from fans who only want the next ''Misery'' book and can't stand the ScheduleSlip caused by his taking time away from it. He'd probably get along well with [[Creator/GeorgeRRMartin a certain real writer]].
* MoralEventHorizon: Annie was already a [[spoiler: serial killer]], but onscreen her [[spoiler: murder of the sheriff]].
* {{Narm}}: What little we see of Fast Cars ''really'' doesn't justify Paul's pride in it, especially if (admittedly a pretty big if) Annie is at all accurate about the dialogue being a constant ClusterFBomb. Possibly justified, as he ends up deciding it wasn't as good as he thought.
* NauseaFuel:
** At one point Annie crushes a rat to death with her bare hand, poking her fingers into its body in the process. And then she licks her fingers. Paul wasn't the only one that felt ill.
** Annie forces Paul to wash down his Novril with dirty rinse-water as punishment after he makes her mad.
** Two words: "Special candle."
** Five words: "And now I must cauterize."
** Annie leaves Paul alone and locked in his room for over two days. Paul resorts to drinking his own urine because he's so thirsty.
* NoYay: 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.]]
--> '''Annie Wilkes:''' I'm your number one fan....
* 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 Creator/KathyBates and Creator/JamesCaan act it perfectly. Unfortunately, it quickly turns to NightmareFuel.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Quite a bit. While it's certainly possible that Annie has no computer or cell phone, this would make the cops more likely to investigate her farm first once they realize Paul Sheldon went missing nearby. After all, it's the only place where the owner likely wouldn't be able to call or message anyone. Also it's virtually impossible in today's world for a writer to have only one copy of any manuscript, even if he doesn't particularly like keeping copies. In fact, the entire idea of a writer mostly using a typewriter is hilariously outdated, and yet apparently it's Paul's preferred method, even though word processors and personal computers already existed when the story was written. While Annie did get her Royal from an antique store, almost any antique typewriter today would be unusable, and it would probably be cheaper for her to simply get him a laptop (even in the book, three keys are broken by the time the job is finished). Finally, today's romance novels are widely known as smutty potboilers written by guns-for-hire and read only by lonely middle-aged women, and it's pretty hard to become famous as a writer with them. Also they don't usually shy away from profanity anymore, meaning that they'd be less likely to be a favorite of a woman who prefers terms like "cockadoodie" and "dirty bird" and is offended by actual profanity.
* TheWoobie: Paul. The whole story is basically about him stuck in ''Hell!''

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