Week 3: The Shining Review

Danny is only five years old but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he
is a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes
caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny’s visions grow out of control.
As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems
to develop a life of its own.It is meant to be empty. So who is
the lady in Room 217 and who are the masked guests going up
and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped
like animals seem so alive?
Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel-
and that too is beginning to shine…

Hey readers! Today’s review is going to be very special as it revolves around the most terrifying book I’ve ever read. The Shining by Stephen King is an utter masterpiece. Stephen King, who is known for his frightening writing style, has given the world numerous great works that were so phenomenal that they were later adapted into movies. The book in question, The Shining, itself was adapted into a movie of the same name by Stanley Kubrick. The concept of the book is very unique and it strikes my attention every time I think about it.

Jack Torrance, a man who dearly loves his son and his wife, applies for a job as a caretaker at the Overlook Hotel in Colorado. While the job might seem simple enough, it really wasn’t. The location of the Overlook Hotel was such that it was snowbound for a large part of the year and thus could not be open for tourists and visitors. However, for the time that it was cut off by winter and surrounded by blizzards, it had to be carefully maintained for a long period and that meant six whole months of solitude in a luxurious hotel. Really inviting, isn’t it?

While it might seem very convenient to spend six months in a hotel with all the luxuries you could imagine, it really wasn’t. Jack, who had no idea what he was getting into, saw this job as a great opportunity to get his thoughts together and focus all of his time and attention on finishing his play and even making some money out of it. While Wendy, his wife was skeptical about the idea, Jack was sure he knew what he was doing and so he did as he pleased and took the job. Every night when I get hungry and crave a snack, I get scared while going downstairs and making my way to the kitchen. So, in all honesty, I have no idea how I’ll be able to manage in a whole hotel all by myself and two other people, one of which is just a kid.

As you’ll read the book, you’ll start noticing some changes in Jack. He soon turns into someone you could’ve never imagined. It really is true what they say about cabin fever. But was it just cabin fever..or something else? To survive Wendy and her son, Danny will have to go to unforeseen limits. Now let’s come to the character I haven’t discussed with you till now – Danny. Danny isn’t any ordinary child, he has superpowers, but not the superpowers we see in all those cliche superhero movies. No, he has something different. He is a shiner.

In a total snowbound area, where there’s no one else but the three of them how will Wendy and Danny save themselves? Will someone come to their rescue or are they really dead meat? What happened in Jack’s dark past that affects him so much? What is going on in Room 217? Is the hotel really empty? Read the book to find out.

So, if you like reading horror books and you’re tired of stay at home and want to read something that exactly tells you how quarantine feels like, I would really recommend reading this book. I would suggest reading the book first, as the movie misses some important details that are very significant to complete the story. Another suggestion – please don’t read this at night!

Stay tuned for more reviews this week. Stay Safe.

Rating: 9/10

4 thoughts on “Week 3: The Shining Review”

  1. I don’t think that I would ever be able read such a scary book but great work! Love your writing style! Keep up the good work!

    1. Extra nuggets for the readers : Mr. Sidh watched this movie hiding in the blanket and could not sleep through the night :);)….

      1. Insomnia and winter can provoke you to do all of the above. That doesn’t mean I was scared. 😉

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