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What line of fiction has sent a chill down your spine?

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MrsDanversAteMyIpod Mon 22-Jun-09 23:23:08

Have just read 1984 for the first time (-aged 32 - late I know) We did Animal Farm at school but I didn't get around to reading this until now.

I was fairly gripped and enjoying it to the point where Julia and Winston are echoed with 'You are the dead' & omg, it was so chilling..couldn't put the blardy thing down till the end grin

Any MNers experienced any similar literary chills?

YohoAhoy Mon 22-Jun-09 23:24:58

Funnily enough, same book -

"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face— forever."


MrsDanversAteMyIpod Mon 22-Jun-09 23:37:11

Ooh yes, that would have been No.2 for me grin

Servalan Tue 23-Jun-09 00:20:03

How funny - I read the title of the thread and I immediately thought "he loved Big Brother" - from the same book!

YohoAhoy Tue 23-Jun-09 08:09:52

Well bearing on mind the whole Room 101 bit completely creeps me out, I think we can safely say it's a pretty chilling book! grin

There was a line from War of the Worlds that used to make me shiver. I'll have to try and remember Google it!

southeastastra Tue 23-Jun-09 08:17:25

freakyily i was going to say something from war of the worlds, but i just saw the concert so is fresh in my mind.

yappybluedog Tue 23-Jun-09 09:33:53

can't think at the moment, but MrsDanvers your nn made me larf

MrsDanversAteMyIpod Tue 23-Jun-09 09:41:46


rubyslippers Tue 23-Jun-09 09:42:47

i was reading The Turn of the Screw by Henry James and i reached a point where the hairs on the back on my neck stood up

janeite Tue 23-Jun-09 17:38:58

Oh gosh: I have just read 'A Clockwork Orange' which was one big chill from start to finish!

ShowOfHands Tue 23-Jun-09 17:43:30

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper. The ending and the way she moves round the room.


janeite Tue 23-Jun-09 18:01:08

I LOVE 'The Yellow Wallpaper' - good one!

Molesworth Tue 23-Jun-09 18:36:09

"All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses, his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind."

does it for me

Tambajam Tue 23-Jun-09 18:41:40

The last page of Timeoleon Vieta Comes Home by Dan Rhodes. I gasped.

Sunshinemummy Wed 24-Jun-09 15:28:36

Oh the bit in the last Harry Potter when Kingsley's patronus appears and says something like "Scrimgeor is dead, the ministry has fallen. They are coming."

southeastastra Wed 24-Jun-09 15:30:15

they're making the yellow wallpaper into a film, should be interesting..

RoseOfTheOrient Wed 24-Jun-09 15:42:59

in "We need to talk about Kevin" when she turns on the patio lights....<shiver>

steamedtreaclesponge Wed 24-Jun-09 15:46:49

They're making the Yellow Wallpaper into a film? How on earth will they manage that? It's not as if it has much of a plot really... find it very hard to imagine how they'll film it given that most of it takes place inside her head.

Definitely a chilling one though. I just feel so sorry for the main character - think enforced bed rest would be enough to drive anyone bonkers!

janeite Wed 24-Jun-09 16:29:35

The Yellow Wallpaper as a film? Not sure about that - it is so short for one. I suspect there will be lots of padding with conversations with the husband.

stickylittlefingers Wed 24-Jun-09 16:36:06

lots of films seem to come from short stories, but I don't see how we would get inside (erm, forget her name)'s head.

Actually, Mrs Danvers - I found Rebecca very creepy! Also Jane Eyre and blush the Secret Garden. i would say that it was because I was only young, but I was reading The Secret Garden aloud to dd1 and I still found this whole idea of someone else in the house who you don't know unnerving.

Then Edgar Allan Poe. Not to be read when you're alone in the house... [terrified emoticon]

Lissya Wed 24-Jun-09 16:50:42

RoseoftheOrient - I read "We need to talk about Kevin" only around 2 months ago but baby brain plus reading in snatches around feeds means I can't remember what happened at the patio... can you fill me in please?!

Is it at the end when "you know who" and "you know who" are "you know where"? wink

<trying not to give anything away to those who have not read it>

cyteen Wed 24-Jun-09 17:02:26

Well, the last few books I've read have included World War Z so there were plenty of zombie-based chills from that. One in particular sticks out - when the narrator is interviewing a sculptor who makes figures of zombies - says something like 'he has just finished his latest masterpiece, a man wearing a torn Baby Bjorn'

Currently reading Darwin's Children so I can quote it verbatim:

"The mob torched one of Augustine's goddamned camps," Mitch said. "They burned the children in their barracks. They poured gasoline around the pilings and lit them up. The guards just stood back and watched. Two hundred kids roasted to death. Kids just like my daughter."

ShowOfHands Wed 24-Jun-09 17:53:33

Lissya that's the bit in Kevin. Sent chills down my spine at how bloody awful it was as a book. Introspective, predictable twaddle.

The Yellow Wallpaper's been touted as a film for ages. It would only be loosely based wouldn't it as there's not much there to translate across. Some good short stories made into films. Brokeback Mountain springs to mind.

Boy In The Striped Pyjamas has the chill factor. Reminded me of reading Goodnight Mister Tom as a child.

ShowOfHands Wed 24-Jun-09 17:55:21

Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox too. Couple of lines in that.

Wittering Wed 24-Jun-09 17:59:43

The bit in Jude the Obscure when the murder/suicide of the children is revealed. I was so shocked I just sat there swearing at Hardy for doing something so awful.grin

Re 1984, when DH and I were just getting used to the endless exahusting toddler demand to repeat a certain action or whatever, we used to say to DS1 'Not me, not me -- Do it to Julia.'

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