When I was reading The Shining and reached the bathtub scene, I got so scared that it took me 3 days to get enough courage to continue reading. I was disgusted and disappointed with the movie. It appeared to be a vehicle for Jack Nicholas. There was a TV version that was much closer to the book. I am definitely looking forward to Doctor Sleep.
I have to disagree with you and I hope this won't put you off posting. I know there are a lot of differences between the book and the film of The Shining. For me the film had more of the atmosphere of the book than the TV version did. A lot of SKMBers would be more on your side of the fence, but there you go. We all have different ideas and thats what makes this such a good place to hang around.
I love the book and actually hate the film. The subtleties of the book's descent into madness was completely missing. Jack Nicholson played a character who was already crazy. The actress playing Wendy was there just to scream and sob. The feelings of a vast history present in the book were completely missing in the film. I've enjoyed the tv series version, but the book will always be king.
As for Doctor Sleep? Already prordered the hardback copy AND the kindle ebook version. Can't wait to see how Danny's life progressed after the terrors of the Overlook and his alcoholic father.
...yeah, I'm with you and everybody knows that...loved the book, thought the movie was nothing more than an excuse for Nicholson to chew up the scenery and the TV movie was better-but still off the mark...
I agree with you - The Shining was the first King book I read, I was 16, and it scared the living daylights out of me. Hedge animals still creep me out a little bit. Waylander hit the nail on the head (or the ax?) with his post. Jack Nicholson (love him/hated his performance) was crazy right off the bat. (or was it the ax?) Shelly Duvall was a puddle of screams, not much more. As for the TV series, didn't watch it. Just reread the book, though...and can't wait to see Danny all grown up!!
That's just it, though. As a movie (and just as a movie) I hate it. It's boring. Jack Nicholson over acts for all his worth, Shelly Duvall is terrible. Her character is a whining, sobbing irritant, and her delivery is meh. The dialogue (script) is stilted and cringeworthy. The film plods through and seems to be trying to be artistic, but fails miserably. The boy playing Danny leaves a lot to be desired. The direction was uninspired and the editing was hit and miss.
Just my own feelings, though, and I know many like it. I just can't watch it as it sends me to sleep without fail.
I loved the movie. Much like UTD, it didn't really follow the book, it was a movie and as a movie I loved it.
I am currently rereading the book, and there is soooooo much that cannot be filmed. It just can't.
So...judge it as a movie, do not judge it as a book made into to a movie. Some people will still not like it, but dislike it for itself, kwim?
Yup, I get what you're saying about not judging it as a book made into a movie, that makes sense. When I first started watching UTD, I kept saying to my husband "that didn't happen". Then I read King's interviews (or watched them?) about it and realized it wasn't supposed to be just like the book and I've been okay with it. But The Shining....well, I hated the acting right away. I mean, I hated it. So, for me, it wasn't just about it being a bad adaptation...it was a lot about the acting.