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The Water In 'Lisey's Story' Means More Than Frequent Bathroom Breaks

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The Water In 'Lisey's Story' Means More Than Frequent Bathroom Breaks

Attention readers: I regret to inform you that watching Apple TV+'s adaptation of Stephen King's Lisey's Story will make you have to pee. A lot. Water is everywhere in this miniseries. It's overflowing sinks, looking alarmingly dirty in some sort of rich people's pool, and crashing onto the beach in the form of soothing waves. And it's all tortuous if the sound of running water sends you... well running for the nearest bathroom. There's simply no way around it: Lisey's Story is obsessed with water — and the reason why leads right back to King's book (spoilers ahead!).

Fans of King's work know there are certain tropes he loves to revisit. One of the tropes he's particularly fond of is writing about writers. The Shining, Misery, Secret Window, Secret Garden, and The Dark Half are just a few of the horror author's works about writers and the creative struggle that comes with putting pen to paper. Released in 2006, Lisey's Story saw King once again turn his attention to a novelist: the bestselling author Scott Landon (played by Clive Owen in the series).

Scott is an odd sort who swears that "Landons are fast healers," no matter how severely they're injured. And a key part of their healing process involves water and visiting an otherworldly realm known as Boo'ya Moon. What's more, it seems the best way to reach Boo'ya Moon is via water, as demonstrated by Scott in the first episode when he seemingly disappears after letting the sink in his hospital room overflow.

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