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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 a [[Film/TheShining feature film]] directed by Creator/StanleyKubrick and starring Creator/JackNicholson. 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.

As of 2014, a prequel film called ''The Overlook Hotel'' is in the early stages of [[http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3227955/the-shining-prequel-the-overlook-hotel-moves-forward/ development]], with [[Series/TheWalkingDead Glenn Mazzara]] attached.
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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.
* AdultFear: Jack is soaking in it.
** One of the biggest of these is unemployment and is in large part why he stays at the Overlook rather than fleeing when he and his family had a chance. Yes, he is already under the control of the hotel, but his fear of living in poverty and trying to survive on food stamps and church handouts is a very real and understandable one.
* TheAlcoholic DomesticAbuser: Jack is/was trying very hard not to be this, because he doesn't want to be like his dad.
* TheAllegedCar: The Torrance's beat up old Volkswagen, which is basically fallng apart by the time Jack gets the caretaker job. They plan to retire it once they reach the Overlook, and use the hotel truck for trips to Sidewinder until the snow comes.
* AntiVillain: Jack Torrance could be considered one.
* AnimalMotifs: Wasps.
* ArcWords: "Unmask! Unmask!"; "REDRUM"; "Come down here and take your medicine!", "The Red Death held sway over all!"
* AssholeVictim: The ghosts of the hotel were generally unpleasant even when they were alive. Justified as its revealed in DoctorSleep that the only people who linger in the mortal world after death are the ones who know there's something worse waiting for them in the afterlife for their crimes.
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: The hotel's powers animate the topiary animals outside the hotel, as well as an old-fashioned fire extinguisher that menaces Danny.
* AxCrazy: '''DUH!'''
** Though, the ax was only in the movie. In the book, it's more like Mallet Crazy.
* BadassBookworm: Jack is well educated and an excellent author, but has some serious brawling ability behind it.
* BenevolentBoss: Jack Torrance gives Al Shockley every reason to fire him after Jack calls Stuart Ullman threatening to write what amounts to a smear job on his hotel. It is not just a danger to Shockley's investment, but a personal betrayal from a dear friend that he'd bent over backwards to help. He does not fire Jack, knowing the effect it will have on the Torrance family.
* BiggerBad: The malevolent force behind Overlook Hotel.
* BigDamnHeroes: Hallorann.
* 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.]]
* BreakTheCutie: The entire plot is pretty much an extended TraumaCongaLine to Danny.
* 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]].
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Astonishingly, this is how Jack feels after being allowed to keep his job, in spite of his behavior absolutely justifying his termination as caretaker. Instead of being grateful for avoiding a devasting and self-inflicted disaster, he stews in resentment of Al Shockley for requiring, as a condition of his continued employment, that Jack not write a potentially damaging exposè on the Overlook Hotel.
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: A rescue party from Sidewinder comes to Hallorann, Wendy and Danny's aid, too late to help with Possesed!Jack, but in time to get them safely back to civilization, and with medical aid for the injured Hallorann and Wendy.
* ChekhovsGun: The handyman's spiel about the old, dangerous boiler.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Danny is intelligent for his age, but is too young to understand a lot of the thoughts and feelings he picks up from people around him, such as a wealthy guest at the Overlook lusting after a bellboy. At one point, he admits to Hallorann how much this frustrates him.
* 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]].
* CoolOldGuy: Hallorann, and Watson for a lesser extent.
* CountryMatters: At one point, Jack is described as having "a cunt of a headache".
* CoversAlwaysLie: The cover of the original novel shows the Overlook with a tower. The buildings highest point is actually the attic, which is only accessible through a door in the ceiling on the third floor. Otherwise the highest point is the Presidential suite.
* 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]].
* DoorStopper: Not quite as huge as ''Literature/TheStand'' or ''Literature/{{It}}'', but still pretty hefty.
* DropTheHammer: Jack's WeaponOfChoice in the novel and miniseries is a roque mallet.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The narrative tone of this book is quite a bit more tight and literary than most of Stephen King's later stories. Compare its prose to the much looser and more casual prose in the sequel, ''Literature/DoctorSleep''.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: ''Something'' is seen coming out of the Hotel as it burns up, before it dissolves into nothingness]].
** EldritchLocation: The Hotel itself.
* ExpositionDump: The scrapbook Jack finds in the basement, which is full of newspaper clippings and articles on the hotel's history.
* FaceHeelTurn: Jack Torrance, Grady, and probably a lot of other caretakers who got too comfortable with the Overlook over the years. However, there are no mentions of any of the caretakers besides Grady.
* FanDisservice: There are a pair of instances of undead people in bathtubs, and the way their nudity is described is particularly unappealing.
* 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.]]
** The wasps in the nest that Jack finds suddenly come alive and sting Danny [[spoiler: just before the ghost activity kicks off in the hotel.]]
** If you go through the first chapter with a highlighter, almost everything that later becomes a plot point is casually introduced through Jack's interview with Ullman and his tour with Watson.
* 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.
* FullFrontalAssault: The lady in Room 217.
* 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.
* GoingColdTurkey: Jack and his friend Al Shockley both quit drinking instantly after hitting a bike parked in the middle of the road one night while both of them were very drunk.
* 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.]]
* HairTriggerTemper: Jack Torrance has one and it causes endless grief to everyone around him. His dad was even worse, because he'd lose his temper for ''no reason at all.''
* 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: The modern TropeCodifier.
* HiddenDepths: Because Danny's parents are either fearful or disbelieving of his talents, he doesn't let on how strong his powers are, or how he can use them. He is also quite a bit more intelligent and mature than he lets on.
* 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 wasps' nest.
* HopeSpot: The first few months at the hotel seems like a new beginning for the Torrances. Jack's play is coming along, the rift between Jack and Wendy is mending, and the difficulties of the past three years seem to be fading. Then the snow comes...
** A darker example occurs while Jack is in the equipment shed. [[spoiler: Tasked with getting his family away from the hotel, he has to find the snowmobile's battery in order for it to function. He really does not want to do it, and he starts to feel relief when he doesn't see it... and then, he does. This upsets him so badly that he intentionally sabotages the vehicle.]]
* IgnoredEpiphany: In one chapter, Jack realizes 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.]]
* InfoDump: The scrapbook found in the basement is a rather enjoyable example.
* 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.
** For all Jack's loathing of him, Ullman is very good at his job, including cleaning up the messes and keeping the hotel in the black.
* 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 Creator/HowardHughes. In the 1980 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.
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the novel and the Kubrick film, the miniseries is ''much'' less scary.
* 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.
* MagicalNegro: Hallorann could count as one.
** Lampshaded when Hallorann briefly wonders why he should risk his life to help three white people who he barely knows. (The answer is that because of their telepathic abilities, he and Danny formed a very close bond, despite meeting only once).
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Possesed!Jack smashes Hallorann across the face with a roque mallet, breaking his jaw and destroying his dentures. Hallorann's reaction once he regains consciousness?
--> '''Hallorann''': Summbitch broke m' jaw...
* MayDecemberRomance: Played for Squick with The Woman In Room 217 [[spoiler: when she was alive]], and her boytoy. He cant have been more than 18, and she must have been at least 60 by Watson's estimate. It's clear to absolutely everyone (except the woman) that it's just a matter of money. He eventually takes her car and ditches her, leading to [[spoiler: her suicide which Ullman covers up]].
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's possible to explain away just about every single weird, terrifying and freakish event in the story as the delusions of people who are in highly-excited states of mind, though some examples are easier to justify this way than others. The only thing that happens which appears to be unequivocally supernatural is when [[spoiler: Jack is freed by Grady from the pantry.]]
* TheMillstone: Jack Torrance is one of literature's most tragic examples. He is the architect of every single disaster he and his family suffers, because he can't control his temper and he can't (easily) control his drinking. Over the course of events, Jack manages to destroy his marriage, his career, his friendships, his literary ambitions, and ultimately, his family. If given second or third chances, he will just screw up again. At one point, he almost gets himself fired from his caretaker job because he calls the hotel manager and viciously taunts him about the secret history of the Overlook Hotel (history which mostly predates the manager and doesn't directly involve him). Why? He has no self-control. ''He literally can't stop himself from doing shit like that.''
* MostWritersAreWriters: Jack wrote several short stories, and he's working on a play.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Two events in Jacks past had this reaction, him breaking Danny's arm, and him mocking George Hatfield's stutter and later beating him for slashing his tires in revenge.
* 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.]]"
* TheNapoleon: Very much subverted. Overlook manager Stuart Ullman is a short man who acts like a smarmy bully with Jack and lords over his employees with an iron fist. He is actually a decent enough man who deeply loves the Overlook Hotel and wants to do what is best for it. Ullman knows that his employees don't like him, and doesn't care, because he feels that "one has to be a bit of a bastard" in order to effectively manage a world-class resort hotel. Considering that he is the only manager in the ''70-year history of the hotel'' to run the hotel profitably, he's probably right.
* NewHouseNewProblems: The hotel, though the Torrances are only planning a temporary stay.
* NiceGuy: Hallorann.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Horace Derwent, an eccentric millionaire recluse, aviator, and director who bought the Overlook in the '30s, is clearly patterned after Creator/HowardHughes.
* NoPartyLikeTheDonnerParty: Doesn't happen in-story but Wendy thinks of the Donner Party several times throughout the story when she considers the isolation the three of them will be dealing with during the winter. One is especially nightmarish, as she imagines them getting stuck in the elevators at the same time, and not being found until spring, dead, with pieces missing.
* NobleBigot: Watson has shades of this, being a hardworking, honest man with some level of homophobia if his dialogue with Jack in the boiler room is to be believed. Not that this attitude towards homosexuality was rare in the 70's.
* 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).
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Wendy is understandably alarmed when she sees Danny climb into Hallorann's car, but a confrontation doesn't happen once she notices that they only seem to be talking, and Danny has the same expression he has when he hears something unusually engaging on TV. Keep in mind, this was prior to the child-abduction scares of TheEighties and beyond.
* NothingIsScarier: Almost nothing supernatural happens for the first part of the book, aside from the blood stain Danny sees in the presidential suite. After the wasp nest incident, however...
* 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 Jack to drink again.
* OracularUrchin: Part of Danny's Shining is the ability of limited precognition, which he receives through visions of his "imaginary friend" Tony [[spoiler: who is either Danny himself from the future, or a secondary personality Danny's mind created to help him cope with his powers]]. Danny was even born with a caul, a thin membrane covering his face that is considered to be an omen of second sight in folk myth. Its hinted at to just be a coincidence though, if an eerie one.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The ghosts, [[spoiler: and by extension The Overlook entity]], are only visible and can only interact with people who has at least minor psychic abilities. That is why Oswell and Watson the maintenance man have never experienced any of the supernatural aspects of the hotel, despite spending huge amounts of time there. Watson has worked at the hotel far longer than any of the other characters but has never felt so much as a ghostly chill. Haloran, Danny and the unfortunate maid who was the first to encounter [[spoiler: the woman in Room 217]] are not so lucky.
* 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]].
* RedHerring: The Presidential Suite, where a mobster and his bodyguard were murdered by rivals in the 60's. Its also the place where Danny sees the first supernatural event at the hotel, a bloodstain on the wall. When Jack finds the backstory on the murders in the room, it seems like it would be the source of something really bad. Its not. In fact, the only haunting associated with the room is the bloodstain.
** The fire extinguisher that Danny is afraid of. He keeps imagining it as a snakelike appendage, but it never does anything scary, aside from scaring the crap out of him when it falls out of its hook.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: In the miniseries 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.]]
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Sort of. Danny compares the fire extinguisher hose to a snake, most notably when it apparently starts chasing after him.
* ResignedToTheCall: When Danny asks for help, Hallorann immediately goes to save him, though he knows full well that he's risking his life - but he's not happy about it.
-->"But because he was human he could not help a bitter wish that the cup had never been passed his way."
* {{Room 101}}: Room 217, and the Presidential Suite.
* SanitySlippage: Jack becomes more unhinged as the story progresses, due to ghostly interference.
* ShoutOut: At one point Jack comes upon an invitation to a masked ball at the Overlook's grand opening, and is reminded of ''The Masque of the Red Death'' by Creator/EdgarAllanPoe (whom he [[TakeThat dismisses as "the great American hack"]].)
** A couple of lines from Poe's story are used as ArcWords here; see above.
* 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.
* SoulSuckingRetailJob: Because Jack's drinking and temper have burned so many bridges, he lives in silent terror that he may be reduced to working hard, dead-end jobs just to get by. It is, in large part, why he refuses to abandon the hotel even after he's certain that his family is in danger there.
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: Averted. 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 mentally describing Ullman as an "officious little prick" to help keep himself from losing control of his temper 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.
* TrueCompanions: Jack and Al Shockley, at least while they are both drunks. Sober, Jack rather resents his much wealthier friend, even though Al is extremely accommodating and helpful.
* 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.
* UnreliableNarrator: While the story is told in third person, much of it is from Jack's point of view and interior monologues. Throughout the story, he insists that breaking Danny's arm was an accident and that George Hatfield, the student who slashed his tires, falsely accused him of unfavoritism. However, as Jack dips closer to madness, there are strong hints that these actions were in fact intentional and Jack has just desperately been trying to convince himself otherwise. Specifically, when he has a dream about meeting George in room 217, he outright admits he deliberately set George up to fail the debate class.
-->"It was for your own good," Jack said, backing up. "I set it ahead for your own good."
* TheUnfavorite: Wendy harbors some resentment towards the bond between Jack and Danny, often feeling excluded when Danny prefers to open up to Jack over her.
* VocalDissonance: Grady is described as looking like a thug in spite of his fine clothes, but his voice sounds refined and educated. Its implied that its actually the hotel speaking through Grady to prey on Jack's intellectual sensibilities. Grady himself states that it was the "management" that helped him become more than a high school dropout.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"You've always been the caretaker."]]
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Both Wendy and Jack carry traits that their abusive parents had; Wendy shares some of the resentment and jealousy her mother had toward her father for their child favoring him, Jack has his father's drinking problem and violent mood swings. Neither is happy to realize this.
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