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Misery Loves Company

It took me a long time to decide which book I was going to pick today. When it comes to Stephen King, it’s hard to say which of his stories are scarier. I suppose it depends on what your greatest fear is. Are you scared of rabid dogs? Cars that have minds of their own? Strange monsters that know what your biggest fear is? Or are you scared of becoming a famous writer and being kidnapped by your number one fan? Hehehe.

I’ve mentioned Misery before because I really worried I’d pull an Annie Wilkes and stalk my favorite¬†authors at RWA Nationals. I didn’t, to my ever-lasting relief, but there was still that fear.

The hero of the book, Paul Sheldon, finishes his latest novel. It’s a crime novel, as opposed to the Victorian-era romance books he’s written. He gets into an accident and is rescued by Annie Wilkes…who’s his number one fan. And she is not happy about his latest endeavor.

Right, so without getting into the whole story, I have to say this is a scary ass book/movie. As a reader, I could kind of understand Annie’s er, passionate love for the romance series he wrote. I mean, I really get into my books and I used to have very set ideas of how a series should go. I’m not saying I’d find the author and break their ankles with a sledgehammer or anything, but this book made me wonder if I could ever be that passionalte about a celebrity. As a reader, this book was horrifying. You can’t help but think Annie is absolutely nuts.

Now that I’m pursuing a writing career, I see the sheer, unadulterated terror this book represents. Writers, no matter how famous, walk a very fine line with their audience. If you’re well-known for one genre and one genre only, taking a step in a new direction could be equated with jumping off a cliff. What if your fans hate it? What if they send you hate mail? What if you find your child’s pet bunny in a pot of boiling water? What if you find a horse’s head in your bed? Okay, so getting my movies and stuff mixed up, but you get the idea.

So what do you think? Do you fear stepping outside of your comfortable writing zone? Do you worry your fans will hate you for not rising to their expectations? Are you scared, yet strangely attracted, to the idea of becoming as famous as the hero of Misery? Did you cringe and squeeze your eyes shut when she breaks his feet?

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Worth A Howl

I’m starting to come to the conclusion that my dad is a sick man. First it was Halloween 2 and Nightmare on Elm Street. Then, it was Silver Bullet. Silver Bullet came out in 1985, but once again, I didn’t see it until later. In fact, I didn’t see it until 1988. I was twelve and spending the weekend at his house. They popped this movie into the VCR (remember those?) and I settled in to watch it.

First let me mention that I had a mega-huge crush on Corey Haim. I thought he was just so cute (I was 12!) and when I saw he was in this movie, I was all about watching it. Gary Busey was in it as well and for some reason I always thought of him like a relative. Probably because he reminded me of my godfather.

Anyway, we watched this movie on a Sunday afternoon. The sun was shining and the house was well-lit, but it may as well have been pitch dark out because I was scared to death.

I hope you’ve seen this movie because it’s very good. I didn’t know it was written by Stephen King at the time I watched it. Anyway, it was a beautiful day and I was cuddled up on the edge of the sofa my eyes glued to the television. The discovery that the pastor was the werewolf shocked me to my toes. I held my breath towards the end when Corey Haim’s character, Marty, his sister, and uncle confront the werewolf. He’s shot by Marty with a silver bullet and falls to the floor.

Cue the victory dance, right? I was relieved it was over, but damn my naive self! I should have known there was more to it than that. Oh, I know better now. The camera zoomed on the werewolf as he changed back to its human form. Everything was quiet. Then the damn man jumped towards the camera and at the exact same moment, my dad grabbed my arm with a roar.

I screamed like a little girl. Oh man, my heart nearly jumped out of my chest. I was so mad at him! I was 12…only kids scream for movies and…okay, I was totally embarrassed, lol. I can laugh about it now, but back then…man, I wanted to crawl under the sofa and die.

To be honest, most of the movies I don’t like are the ones where things jump out at you. I saw a movie with my brother and his wife last year and there was a scene where you just know something’s in the medicine cabinet. Of course the heroine opens the cabinet and nothing’s there. Then you know someone’s going to be standing behind her. She closed the cabinet door, no one in the mirror. She turns to walk away…then opens the medicine cabinet again and BOO! I screamed out a foul word. *cough* Mind you, I was the only one in the theater to say anything. Everyone laughed, but after that moment, I was fine. Everyone else jumped through the rest of the movie. Yeah…you can’t take me anywhere.

So have you seen Silver Bullet? Do you like movies that make you jump and scream?

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