Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The Shining

Category: Gothic

Author: Stephen King

Summary: The Overlook Hotel is more than just a home-away-from-home for the Torrance family. For Jack, Wendy, and their young son, Danny, it is a place where past horrors come to life. And where those gifted with the shining do battle with the darkest evils.


At 4:09 PM, Blogger sandyb said...

I LOVED THIS BOOK! I love horror books and this definatly fell into that catagory. I think it is a freaky book that is really strange to the reader. It was an easy read as King always is. I love the writting style King has because he forces the reader to side with the main character even though they often go crazy. This does have a downside since trying to explain why the Jack, the main character, does what he does is difficult. I had problems with clarification in my essay. The critisms are out there, there is definatly enough to formulate a detailed paper. This book does follow the gothic pattern and the characters are typical gothic characters. This a good ALIS book no matter what else you read. I found it easily relatable to the books I read: "The Haunting of Hill House" and "The Turn of the Screw." There are a couple of "sexual" passages, between a husband and a wife, but nothing X-rated, maybe PG-13. And by sexual, I dont mean sex. I found the book a little scary, some people didnt so its who reads the book. I would ABSOLUTLY recommend this book. It was a great book, and a good ALIS book. Don't discount it because of it's length, it is a fast read. Easy within the time limits. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves supernatural and scary kinds of books. It has elements of horror too. I also think that people who like scary movies would love this book. But trust me, this book is nothing like the movie, it is better and completely different-different events and everything. This is a great book and perfect for ALIS because of the critism, easy reading, and gothic elements.

At 3:13 PM, Blogger kbecker said...

Oh Sandy I was going to write the EXACT SAME thing!!!! I DO LOVE THIS BOOK!!! :) It was a really good example of a gothic novel, it it a very long book, but totally worth it. I love books that I can get into really fast, because that encourages me to read it. I hate reading books I don't like or can't follow. "The Shining" has such a good mystery to it, and it's one of those books that always makes you wonder why something is happening and what it has to do with the plot. You do have to think about this book before really understanding it, but it's a good thinking, not a confused thinking. It's like you are figuring out a mystery, and I love that. The Shining relates to a lot of gothic novels, and has various themes motifs and characters that you can analyze really well. I loved how the setting tied in with "The Shining", and it was really fun to "read between the lines" in the whole book, characters, motifs, setting, theme, conflict, etc. I definitely reccomend this book for those of you who wanted to read novels from the gothic genre for a GOOD mystery book, that's why I chose it and I was a little disappointed with my first two, "The Haunting of Hill House" and "The Turn of the Screw". I liked them, but they weren't as scary or suspenseful as I had hoped. I'm glad I read this one last, because it helped me connect with the first two better because there was so many choices to go off of. Criticism was really easy to find. Twentieth Century Literary Criticism had a lot of useful information, so I reccomend that. I would read this book if you want a good horror story, and don't let the length throw you off, I was discouraged by it when I saw the length but once I got into it I was surprised at how fast I could read it, so if you like scary books, read it!

At 3:57 PM, Blogger katieh2 said...


I agree with Sandy and Kim - of all the three Gothic books I read, this was definitely my favorite. King really knows how to use the elements of suspense, horror, and extreme situations to catch the readers' attention. After the first three chapters, I couldn't put the book down. "The Shining" fits really well into the gothic genre, and was extremely easy to compare to the other two books I read ("The Turn of the Screw" and "The Haunting of Hill House"). There were enough similiarities between the plot, setting, charcters, etc. to make it really easy to choose a topic for the comparison essays. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes horror/suspense novels. Oh and one last thing - the book IS extremely long, but don't be discouraged by that. It is such a fast read, and you get into it so quickly that you will be done before you know it.

At 7:34 PM, Blogger katieh2 said...

Stephen King was my favorite author, by far, throughout the ALIS project, and this book really didn't even feel like an assignment (until I had to find criticism and write the paper). The overall plot of the book was much more intriguing than the other two books I read, which motivated me to really grasp the true theme and meaning of the novel. The way King writes makes a lot more sense to the reader as you go along, and I really liked how he switched between what was happening with Halloran and what was happening at the hotel. This book includes so many diverse Gothic elements, that it seems it would be very relatable to most, if not all books listed in the genre. I would strongly recommend this book as one ALIS read for anyone persuing the Gothic genre.

At 10:34 PM, Blogger Mrs.Paswaters said...

I agree with the students who have provided their personal experiences with The Shining. Although the length may cause you to turn away, I encourage you to consider this novel if you enjoy creepy or scary stories.

I can still remember reading this novel during the summer after I graduated from high school. The final scene was very scary, and the book is far more suspenseful than the movie.


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