It’s that time of year again! Spring in Texas – those two to three weeks of mild temperatures and refreshing rain before everything turns boiling hot and riddled with tornadoes until summer when the tornadoes fade out, the heat turns up and the rain stops. Basically, it’s the only preferable time to be outside until fall and I choose to spend my time with a glass of peach tea and a book. Just a paperback or hardback book because I haven’t joined the e-reader crowd yet although I’m sure that time will eventually come.
Carrie by Stephen King
I have been a Stephen King fan for as long as I can remember. He is the master of horror for my generation. I have read a handful of his books and loved most of them but I have not read this one before. It was his first published novel that started out a three page story that his wife, Tabitha, dug out of his trash and asked him to finish (On Writing by Stephen King). I have seen the movie and I haven’t heard how much alike they are but I guess I will find out. I know it is about Carrie White, an introverted girl with a scary religious mother and the ability to move things with her mind. I don’t know much more about it than that but I am pretty sure the prom scene still happens. The summary and reviews on the back of the book makes it seem like it will be overall darker than the movie, like maybe there are a few more serious expressions of her power before the ill-fated prom night or maybe she endures more intense bullying by her peers or mother. It crossed my mind to read this book because I heard that they were remaking the movie and it reminded me how much I liked the first version.
Misery by Stephen King
Misery is one of my all time favorite movies. Kathy Bates’ performance is amazing in it and I know I will have a perfect picture of her as Annie Wilkes the entire way through the book. This is one of the only reasons that sometimes I think seeing the movie first can be a good thing. I haven’t read it before but I know the plot is basically the same. Paul Sheldon, an accomplished novelist, is held captive by his ‘number one fan’ Annie Wilkes. The cover of the book has a typewriter with the shadow of an ax on it and nothing prominent happened with an ax in the movie so I am excited to see how that plays out. It looks like an ax more than a sledgehammer but we’ll see. I heard the book is darker and more twisted than the movie which is exactly why this book is on my reading list this spring!
That concludes my reading list for this Spring because, like I said before, Spring is short here! I look forward to gaining new insights on characters that I already love!
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