Stephen King blasts Kubrick's 1980 Shining flick as 'misogynistic'

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Sep 19, 2013

Ever since the film’s release more than 30 years ago, Stephen King has been pretty open about the fact he isn’t a fan of Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining. Now he’s explaining why.

While promoting his Shining sequel novel Doctor Sleep, King opened up about what he didn’t like about Kubrick’s “cold” take on the murderously awesome story. One of his biggest issues? Kubrick’s imagining of the character Wendy, which he says is nothing like the version he wrote.

Here’s an excerpt of King’s comments to the BBC, where he takes aim at the flick:

"[It's] cold, I'm not a cold guy. I think one of the things people relate to in my books is this warmth, there's a reaching out and saying to the reader, 'I want you to be a part of this.' With Kubrick's 'The Shining' I felt that it was very cold, very 'We're looking at these people, but they're like ants in an anthill, aren't they doing interesting things, these little insects’...

Shelley Duvall as Wendy is really one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film, she's basically just there to scream and be stupid and that's not the woman that I wrote about.”

Though many regard The Shining as one of the top films ever made, King’s reservations make sense. Kubrick went out and made an awesome movie, but it wasn’t exactly the story that King had written. So, not much of a surprise that King isn’t a fan.

What do you think of King’s complaints? Agree, or disagree?

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