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“The Shining” is a Halloween Classic

By Lauren Denton, Staff Writer

The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing color before they slowly start to fall to the ground. Not only does this mean that it is officially autumn, but it also means that Halloween is fast approaching. With the breeze that is in the air, as well as the rain that comes along with the season, it is the perfect weather to curl up and read a spooky book while sitting by the fire to keep warm. 

I think that when it comes to anything scary, the name Stephen King is always one of the first that comes to mind. His novels leave the reader scared to go to sleep at night, and that is why so many of his books are considered classics and were turned into movies. Out of all of his books that I have read, and I have read most of them, the book that terrified me the most was “The Shining.” 

“The Shining” is one of those books that you can sit and read for hours without getting tired of it because it grabs you in the second you start to read it. 

One aspect that I loved about this book was how, considering recent events, we can all somehow relate to the isolation of the hotel. Jack Torrance, the main character of the novel, starts off as a normal family man, but as the novel continues, the reader starts to see him lose his mind and go insane because the isolation eventually gets to him.

The story itself is not necessarily about Jack going crazy, but how the hotel itself is haunted. That is why so many people who have stayed at the hotel before Jack also went insane. 

Along with this, I love how the gifted individual in the novel is Jack’s 5-year-old son, Danny. Instead of the shine belonging to an adult in the novel, having this gift belong to someone who is only 5 years old adds another perspective to the story. Not only does it make it seem like Danny is behaving oddly because he is so young, but it also leaves the reader wondering if the story could have had a happier ending if people had believed Danny earlier. 

The story has some creepy events that only Stephen King could make sense of. The amount of detail he provides allows the reader to completely visualize what is happening in their head as they are reading the novel. From the blood splashing in the elevator to the twins appearing at the end of the hallway, these major events show the reader how Danny has a gift that is both remarkable, yet terrifying, at the same time. 

While the movie is a timeless piece, the book has details that the movie does not, which makes the story easier to follow. Before watching the movie, I would highly recommend reading the novel first because there is nothing better than this classic horror story. 

“The Shining” is one of those classics that allows the reader to let their mind wander, so they can make sense of what they are reading. Without a doubt, the way that your mind interprets the story as you read it is what makes this tale so haunting and terrifying. 

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