The Shining

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Name: The Shining
Creator: Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick
Date(s): 1977, 1980
Medium: Novel, film, miniseries
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: IMDB
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The Shining is a 1977 horror novel by Stephen King.


The Shining tells the story of Jack Torrance, a struggling, alcoholic writer who takes a job as the winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, and slowly goes insane, threatening his wife Wendy and son Danny. Danny has psychic powers and can see the past horrors that have taken place at the Overlook.

Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation was released in 1980. It initially received mixed reviews but has come to be regarded as one of the greatest horror films ever made and a staple of pop culture.[1] The film has been parodied many times, particularly the scene with Jack hacking through a door and proclaiming "HEERRE'S JOHNNY!" and Jack's "novel," which turns out to be the phrase "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" typed over and over.

King has openly stated his dislike for the film adaption, criticizing the film's downplaying of the supernatural among other things.[1] He later wrote the teleplay and supervised the making of a TV miniseries adaption of The Shining that closely follows the book. The series premiered in 1997 to critical acclaim but achieved much less fame than its movie predecessor.

A sequel to the novel, Doctor Sleep, was published in 2013. It was adapted into a film starring Ewan McGregor released in November 2019.


As of 2019, there are over thirty stories (with some overlap) for each the novel and the film on Archive of Our Own, and 31 stories on FanFiction.Net. The Shining is a frequent subject of crossovers.

The only pairing on AO3 for the film is "Jack Torrance/Reader," with any other ships being crossovers from other media. For the novel, the only one is Jack/Wendy, with any others also being the result of crossovers.

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  1. ^ a b The Shining (film): Reception at Wikipedia (accessed 08 May 2019).