I know it’s subjective, but for my part, I vastly prefer the film version of The Shining to the book. The book may lay out the themes in a discernible, traditional format–clearly presenting them like a list. But the film goes beyond that. It’s like the visceral experience of those themes. Its narrative, its setting, its internal logic fall apart, along with the mental state of its characters. It’s one of the most deeply rooted emotional journeys I’ve taken in a creative world.
I think it’s a lot like what Lynch created with The Black Lodge, in that. Both are nightmares that will stay in my bones forever.