It’s no secret that Stephen King
dislikes scathes Stanley Kubrick‘s adaptation of his “The Shining”. As Indiewire notes, he’s referred to Shelley Duvall’s Wendy as “one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film,” further adding that Kubrick “thinks too much and feels too little,” and the film itself as “a big, beautiful Cadillac with no engine inside it.”
He’s also taken issue with Jack Nicholson’s acclaimed performance as Jack Torrance. “When we first see Jack Nicholson, he’s in the office of Mr. Ullman, the manager of the hotel, and you know, then, he’s crazy as a shit house rat,” King has said. “All he does is get crazier. In the book, he’s a guy who’s struggling with his sanity and finally loses it. To me, that’s a tragedy. In the movie, there’s no tragedy because there’s no real change.”
He’s been extremely vocal about his disdain for the film, even though he’s praised Kubrick as “a terrifically smart guy” who’s “made some of the movies that mean a lot to me.”
All of these years later, King is still holds resentment towards the adaptation and proves this by throwing hilarious shade in his new novel, “The Outsider”.
King introduces a character in “The Outsider” by noting that she’s watching Kubrick’s Paths of Glory because, in her words, it’s “better than The Shining,” reveals Indiewire.
Maybe this will act as some release for King? No matter, for those interested, “The Outsider” is now in stores as of last week.