Entertainment Value – A Readability – B Overall Value – A
I must admit, when I finished the 660th page of this book, I was just relieved to be finished. I hated all the build up and flashbacks, as I felt that it did not add any value to the climax of the novel. It was days later that I realized that this was a reflection of how I disliked how long the novel had taken me to finish and not the novel itself. I do not have a vast vocabulary, and I was slowed down as a result. Though most people would try to hide this, I'd like to be open about it. That being said, I was still about to read at a decently brisk pace, 100 pages a day. The characters will stay with you long after you read this book, and now as I reflect over the plot of this novel, I am amazed by the mere creative capacity to imagine much a intricate setting with its workings, both inside and outside the Overlook. I did not particularly find The Shining frightening, but now I have started reading IT by Stephen King, and I have to put it down being of the impending moment of terror that any reader can anticipate. Whereas the Shining's merit is in its build up of its characters and its strict focus on their mindset as the hotel's spirits awaken.
It took a while to appreciate the vast imagination to create this novel. First off, King does not create a novel, he has created a separate plane of existence. The Overlook hotel described in all its inner workings to such a degree, that it is almost like the book provided you with a map of the location (which I am not a fan of). Kubrick's adaptation is not an adaptation, it is his own creation, borrowing only minor details from King's original. Kubrick created an incredibly terrifying movie. But King has created an equally suspenseful novel. In my opinion, a movie and book should be put in separate spheres, and be judged by different standards. Why should a movie try to replicate a book, the only thing that is capable of replicating the novel is a second copy of the novel. Instead, Kubrick did what a brilliant director would do, he adapted it, transformed it, into an entirely new creation. One with different plot points, with a different ending, but one that is a good movie by the standards that movies are measured by.