King often centers his stories on a protagonist who bears a striking resemblance to himself. Misery is one of these. Novelist Paul Sheldon finds himself being nursed back to health by Annie Wilkes after crashing his car in the Colorado mountains. Annie is Paul's self-proclaimed number-one fan and relishes the opportunity to help her favorite author. Kathy Bates won an Oscar for her role as Annie -- she's terrifyingly good as the obsessed, isolated woman. If you're paying attention, you'll catch a reference to another King adaptation, The Shining. At one point, the odd couple discusses the "guy who went mad in a hotel nearby."