14 November, 2017

REVIEW: IT by Stephen King

Title: It
Author: Stephen King
Series: -
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Fiction
Publisher: New English Library
Release: 1st October, 1987
Source: Audiobook/Kindle
Pages: 1116

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To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

EXPECTATIONS: Going into this one, I knew that people either love or hate it. One of the Youtubers I watch always said that IT was a wonderful book, the best horror doze you can get but it can get a little heavy and weird, and I have to say, I totally agree with this opinion. My expectations were sky high for this, they were met, but at the same time, I also have couple of things to say more.

THE WORLD: We are presented with and given two time period, 1958 and then 1985 or something like that. So we get to see all the characters as kids and then as grownups too. But the world is nothing specific really, it's what we see in the movies, what we have read about in other King's novels and so on.

CHARACTERS: This book is over a thousand pages so imagine how many characters it has! So I will discuss here the so called Losers Club, the bullies and of course the creature IT itself!

So the Losers Club consists of  Ben, Eddie, who believes he has asthma, William or Bill who lost his brother the year before and he also suffers from a stutter and has a bike he adores. Then we have Richie, Stan, the only girls Beverly or Bev for short and Mike. They all have something in their past. Like I said, Bill's brother Georgie died, Bev is being sexually harassed by her father and some bullies, Ben is over-weight and is being bullied for that as well. So they do all kind of decide to be best friends and their life experience is what brings them together. I actually loved the way their conversations were written, just like I would hear some kids talking. I laughed so hard when Bill and fighting with his then still alive brother, it's the exact same way my brother and I would fight when we were kids and had learned English. We get to see them as adults as well, and they all seem to be doing well enough for themselves, of course some tragedy strikes, or it is revealed that their lives aren't so pretty inside as they are outside. Coming back to the story, so the Loser Club, during their school summer, notices that they all have visions of what they fear the most, so Bill sees his dead brother, Ben sees a mummy, Richie a werewolf, I don't remember who but someone sees some dead kids and so on, so they kind of put two things together and realize that before or after their visions they always see a clown. Inspired by this they do some woodoo magic and hipno something and realize who this clown his, they learn his name, where he comes from and so on. I don't want to get into spoilers because it's very very easy really. 
But as I said, they do come back as adult people as well.

We also see the bullies and villains as kids and then as adults, however we only get to see one IT or Pennywise the clown. It was so scary you guys, I will not lie, this book got me good sometimes. It was scary, I never was afraid of clowns but from now on if I ever see a red clown I will throw some salt over myself! This villain is amazing! So effing wonderful!
ROMANCE: I actually did not see romantic relations in this book. Of course there were cute kid love moments or adult love, but romance or falling in love was no not the focus of the book.

GOOD: The idea, the clown was scary, I think the book was developed and finished in good way. The characters were likable.

BAD: I'm not gonna lie guys, there are certain events in the book, certain things that happen, or themes that are touched that I was not really OK with. There was times when I thought about just stopping to read it, or just being very angry and just so confused with what the hell was happening, but I dunno, I pushed through and if you can understand those events or take them as important part of the story it doesn't ruin the reading experience!

OVERALL: In any case I did love this book after all! I had a blast reading it. It was funny, scary, gross, I teared up a little at times. It was a good read!

What do you think about IT?



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