I would like to state for the record: I hated the movie “The Shining.” Couldn’t even bring myself to read the book because the movie was so bad. I’m aware I may catch some flack for that, but I can’t help it.
But, even though I hated The Shining, I LOVED Doctor Sleep. I found it at Barnes & Noble and bought it with birthday money last year. I devoured it in about 3 days. I couldn’t put it down! The writing is amazing, the story was incredible, and the characters? So relatable. Even though I don’t have “The Shine” to me, I could relate with not feeling I really fit in anywhere.
Danny, the child from The Shining, has grown up. He has quit using the shine, and drinks heavily to avoid seeing all the dead people from the Overlook hotel. They still manage to haunt his dreams.
At one point he meets a girl in a bar, and during all their partying they end up back at her apartment. When he wakes up, he finds her unconscious in bed, and the sight of it sends him running for the toilet. That part of the movie wasn’t enjoyable for me, let me tell ya.
When he gets his stuff together to leave, he finds that all his money is gone. He also finds a small boy in the apartment. The lady was a MOM! instead of helping the little boy, he takes the money, sets the boy in the room with his mom, and leaves. On some level, he knows this is wrong, and he decides to quit drinking and join AA.
This is where the story really picks up, because now that he’s not drinking, the shine is back in full force.
I don’t want to tell you too much about the story, because I recommend you see both the movie and read the book. They’re both SO good. I loved how the movie was set up. They had to take a bunch of the smaller stuff out of the book in order for the movie to make sense, but the movie makers did it in such a way that the original story wasn’t lost. And Ewan MacGregor? So amazing! He was the perfect choice to play Danny.
Enter the Steamers.
This group of people literally live off the “steam” that inhabits people with the Shine. Their leader, Rose the Hat (another really good casting choice), has some psychic ability herself, and uses it to find kids with the shine. The group kidnaps the kids, takes their shine, and bury what’s left over.
Danny knows nothing about this until he makes friends with a young lady who has way more shine than he could ever imagine. She knows The Steamers are after her, and enlists Danny’s help to stop them and save her.
I really can’t say enough good things about either the book or the movie. They were both so good. I honestly can’t recommend which one you should read or watch first. They did such a good job with the movie, that it all makes perfect sense regardless of where you start. I was impressed. Normally, I think that poetic purity means nothing to movie makers, but I think they might have finally succeeded in making an honest movie copy of a truly great book.
What did you think? Have you read the book? What did you think? Seen the movie! Let me know in the comments! Until next time, bookworms!