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A Feel-bad Musical
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Annie Wilkes and Paul Sheldon playing the main part in a feel-bad musical based on a book written by Stephen King. My first conceptual shoot :)
The storyline (credits to Wikipedia)
Famed novelist Paul Sheldon is the author of a successful series of novels featuring a character called Misery Chastain. Wanting to focus on more serious novels, he writes a manuscript for a new unrelated novel. He departs from Silver Creek, Colorado to head to Los Angeles but is caught in a blizzard and his car goes off the road. He is rescued by a nurse named Annie Wilkes who brings him to her remote home. Both of Paul's legs are broken and he has a dislocated shoulder, so he can't get out of bed. Annie claims she is his "number one fan" and talks a lot about him and his novels. She's happy when Paul lets her read his new novel, but later admits she disliked the use of excessive swearing in it. While feeding him, she is angered and spills soup on him but regains control and apologizes. She buys a copy of Paul's latest book, Misery's Child, but after learning that he has "killed off" Misery, Annie flies into a rage, almost smashing a table on Paul's head. She reveals that nobody knows where he is. Annie leaves and Paul tries to escape from his room, but she has locked the door.
The next morning, Annie makes Paul burn his latest manuscript. When he is well enough to get out of bed, she insists he write a new novel entitled Misery's Return in which he brings the character back to life. Paul complies, believing Annie might kill him otherwise. However, having found a way of escaping his room, he sneaks out when Annie is away and begins to stockpile his painkillers. He tries to poison Annie during a candlelit dinner, but fails when she accidentally spills her drugged wine. During another venture out of his room, Paul finds a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about Annie's past. He discovers that she was suspected and tried for several infants' deaths. Later, Annie drugs Paul and straps him to the bed. When he wakes, she tells him that she knows he's been out of his room and breaks his ankles.
Meanwhile the local sheriff, Buster, is investigating Paul's disappearance. While there, Buster finds that Paul has been drugged and hidden in the basement. Annie fatally shoots Buster and tells Paul that they must die together. He agrees, but on the condition that he can finish the novel and "give Misery back to the world". While she gets his chair, Paul conceals a can of lighter fluid in his pocket. When the book is done, he reminds Annie it is his practice to have a single cigarette and a glass of champagne after finishing a novel. When Annie gives these things to Paul, he tells her that this time, he will need a second glass, for her. As Annie goes to get a second glass, Paul soaks the manuscript in the lighter fluid, and as Annie returns with the glass he sets it on fire, much as she made him do to his earlier post-Misery novel. Paul and Annie fight and Annie is killed.
Eighteen months later, Paul, now walking with a cane, meets his publishing agent Marcia in a restaurant. The two discuss his first non-'Misery' novel, titled "The Higher Education of J. Philip Stone." Marcia tells him about the positive early buzz which Paul doesn't care about, saying he wrote the novel for himself (that Annie inspired him in a way). Marcia asks if he wants to write a non-fiction book about his captivity, but Paul declines. While at the restaurant, he sees a waitress whom he briefly imagines as Annie. The waitress says she is his "number one fan", to which Paul uncomfortably responds "That's very sweet of you."
July 23rd, 2013
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