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Megan (deadandwellread) | 74 comments Mod
1.) What was your first impression with the book? Were you engaged immediately, or did it take you a while to get into it?
2.) In regards to the characters--How has the past shaped their lives?
3.) Do they remind you of people you know?
4.) Do you admire or disapprove of them?
5.)Is this a plot-driven book—a fast-paced page-turner?
6.) What's the scariest part of this book thus far?

Take your time. Marinate on these questions. Be sure to engage with other readers!

Patrick Krause | 2 comments 1) I first read it when I was 13 or 14. If I remember correctly, I got into the story right away, which is common for me when reading Stephen King stories. I think he has a way of creating characters that draw you in before the horror starts.

2) Jack and Wendy are the most affected by their past. Wendy with her emotionally abusive mother, and Jack through an alcoholic and abusive father. Their story seems fated to happen. Wendy to marry Jack, and Jack to always fight anger and the lure of alcohol until they arrive at the breaking point, the Overlook.

3) Not sure they remind me of anyone specific. There are character traits I see in Jack and Wendy that i also saw in my parents.

4) I don't think I admire or disapprove of either Jack or Wendy. As I'm older and a father now, i have more empathy for Jack trying to fight off the influence of The Overlook.

5) Plot-driven. I don't feel this is a fast-paced page turner.

6) Hands-down, the scariest part is Room 217 with the dead woman in the tub.

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