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FC: Chris O'Connor 6th hour English 1

1: Misery

2: Stephen King Horror

3: The book is set in Colorado.

4: Best-selling author Paul Sheldon crashes his car while driving down a road during a snowstorm. Annie Wilkes, his "number-one fan," finds Paul and takes him home with her. Annie finds out that Paul killed off his main character in what should have been his final Misery novel, and forces him into writing another one.

5: The story shows the lengths that some people will go to just to stay alive. There are a few parts in the story that Stephen King dealt with in real life, such as the main character's drug abuse and writer's block.

6: Paul Sheldon- The bestselling author that is kidnapped by Annie Wilkes after he's involved in a car wreck. He is forced into writing another Misery novel, despite the fact that he already finished the last one in the series. He suffers from broken legs he received from the car wreck, an addiction to and withdrawal from painkillers, and from the suspense of not knowing if Annie will kill him.

7: Annie Wilkes- Annie is manic-depressive, has killed several people across the country, and is Paul's "number-one fan." She forces Paul into writing another Misery novel, because she is dissatisfied that he killed off his main character. She starts Paul and leaves him dehydrated throughout the book.

8: INTERNAL CONFLICTS The internal conflicts revolve around Paul's dehydration, broken legs he sustained from the car wreck, and writer's block. Paul writer's block is cured when he sees a kid pushing a skunk around in a shopping cart. This simple thought allows him to begin thinking of a plot for a new story. His hunger and dehydration are cured once he is free of Annie. The doctors give him a prosthesis for the foot that was chopped off.

9: External Conflicts Annie kidnaps Paul and refuses to let him go. She forces him into writing another book and becomes more and more dangerous as time goes on. The external conflicts are resolved when Paul kills Annie. The police find him and he is rescued.

10: Stephen King- bestselling author of Carrie, The Stand, The Shining,

11: Recommendation I enjoyed this book. It was exciting and kept you on the edge of your seat. The atmosphere of the book was what made it suspenseful. However, I did feel a few parts (dreams Paul had) were unnecessary.

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