Stephen King "IT" Book Review
I read a lot of various Genres but for the purposes of this page I will stay as focused on the horror genre as possible. I will be reviewing books and the relevant movie if it was lucky enough to be transformed to movie.
Review of Stephen King's "IT"
When reviewing the horror genre in the book world I feel one of the best authors, in my opinion, to start with would be Stephen King. I have read many of his books over the last 22 years and have re-read 5 of them. IT, is my all time favourite however.
For those of you who have not experienced IT, I recommend it as a great read. It is based in Derry Maine and stars 7 children all affected by what is going on around town. They are surrounded by murders and children going missing. There are sightings of Pennywise the clown in this form and may other forms. The determination of "Big Bill" leads the group of children into the Derry sewers in the barrens to kill Pennywise and save other children from the same fate as his brother. There is a history of events in Derry which is documented privately over the years by one of the children, Mike. 27 years later he finds himself calling the group and reminding them of their childhood promise as children. IT is happening again.........can they kill it this time.
I would add at this point I have not liked clowns since I read this for the first time 22 years ago, however, I have re-read the book 4 times in those 22 years. I love the way the children meet and form their happy band of mercenaries, I also love the way you are lead to the point where even at a young age they are committed to adulthood.
Stephen King (and you will hear this in my other reviews of his books) has created a town which you can feel yourself walking around in and his descriptions are flawless. I could picture the characters and their surroundings easily. When reading IT I was (every time) enticed to turn the next page and often found myself looking at the clock and realising it was 5am.
This book was one of 4 that inspired me to continue writing and I will introduce you to each of them in time. The inspiration in this book, I think, came partly from my own childhood fears of the monster under the bed syndrome and in a way, I read it over again for that same nostalgia now. It also came from another part of me, a childhood dream of being published and as I grew older the dream moved the goal posts and wanted to see my work up alongside (in my opinion) one of the best Horror authors in my life time. Now whether I do or don’t get my book on a shelf next to his is not the focus but he did inspire the writer in me to new heights in this book which is why I love this IT so much.
As an afterword I cannot comment on IT "the television adaptation" as I have twice missed part one on TV but I can say I loved part two. I wil set it as an objective for 2012 to get and watch both parts :)