It happened before. It’ll happen again.
Everyone has experienced it at least once – even more than once in a single book, those who read George R. R. Martin.
You get into the story, sympathize with the characters, dive head down into their lives, understand their fears and share their cheers.
And there’s always one who gets to you the most, who touches the deepest strings of your inner self, the one that seems to speak directly to you, telling the story you wish it was yours.
You grow fond of her and it’s hard enough to cope with a reality where she is only ink on paper; where you find relief only in the thought that, when you’ll open the book again, she’ll be there as if she never left. Well, indeed she didn’t.
You follow her in every adventure – every book. You fall in love when she does and your heart breaks when hers does.
You wish she would always be there and you trust the immensely resourceful world of fiction to make it that way.
And then, one day, she dies.
Your world ends and your heart shatters. You sit on your favourite armchair, the book still open on the infamous page of the infamous chapter and you wonder in slight terror: what am I going to do? Who am I going to be now?
Then the irritation and the anger kick in: if the writer was here, in this very room, I would tell him what to write!
And: this is not what happens, he’s wrong, he has to change it, write it different!
Well, our beloved Stephen must have thought this through, when he wrote about Paul Sheldon, a novelist who owe his success to the series of books telling the adventure of Misery.
Though, Paul is tired of writing about Misery. He wants to try something different, a bit more serious. Therefore, he kills Misery.
But what if Paul Sheldon happens to meet his ‘Number One Fan’? What if this happens after a bad car accident and the ‘Number One Fan’ is the very person who rescues him?
What if the ‘Number One Fan’ is not happy with his decision about embracing a new kind of serious literature, one that would cost Misery’s life?
Take all the frustration you feel when the story doesn’t turn out as you expected; that slight sense of injustice, hence the anger.
Now, put all of this in King’s hands and turn the first page. You won’t be disappointed, not this time.
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