Friday, 21 September 2012

IT, Stephen King. Book Review #2

IT - Stephen King. 
Synopsis:
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 ones 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. 

Am I right in thinking that many of you will have heard of this novel due to it being a well known horror film? Well if you've seen the film, I'd recommend reading the book, I was terrified of the film growing up and in all honesty I still am Tim Currie as pennywise the clown! No thanks, I still can't face clowns now at 18, My father bought me the DVD one year for Christmas as a joke and my aunt got me the book. I decided to tackle the book which I'd heard so much about for years, it was my first Stephen King book and nothing could have prepared me up until this point in my life the most shocking books I'd read were perhaps The Series of Unfortunate Events novels or the His Dark Materials series. Before king I read Rom Com's really and books about witches, wizards and such, I'd even read the twilight novels, just before the first film came out I found the world of King and never touched the Twilight books again.

SPOILERS

IT starts off in 1957 in the Town of Derry, Maine during a storm where little Georgie Denbrough is playing with his paper boat in the streams of water running down the street. Little Georgie loses his boat down a storm drain where he finds Pennywise the Clown. Needless to saw George is found dead. No one seem's to think this incident is supernatural but just think he has been murdered. Flash forward to 1984 where there has been string of violent child killings in Derry which forces Mike Hanlon to contact his old friends remind them of what lurks in Derry. King starts the novel as he does many of his novels with lots of detail and what could be called a slow start to set the scene and get us involved with the characters. The novel flips between 1957/58 and 1984/85. The main characters are known as the Losers club a bunch of kids who are brought together because they are 'rejects' The losers club consists of Bill Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Beverly Marsh, Richie Toizer, Eddie Kaspbrak, Mike Hanlon and Stan Uris. They bunch become good friends over the summer and realise something is eating the children up of the town, eventually they all realise they have encountered IT in different forms, finally the link these happenings with the child murders that have been going on starting with Georgies murder. The beings in which it appear to the children may be the typical horror being but IT is much worse than that he appears to you as what you fear most, he is a being that can change, a mysterious entity. IT can also get people to what he wants them to do. To me IT was a struggle to read because I was so engaged in it that I didn't want to put it down but at the same time I didn't want to be anymore scared than I was. For a book written in 1986 I didn't think it would be too scary my mind set was 'things from then won't be scary now' how wrong I was. I slept with the light on for weeks, I used to run past  drains and wouldn't dare to look at them and I still stay far away from clowns. It took me several reads to understand the book but in the end I think I understand it. Even though I know what is going to happen it still takes me a while to re-read this book because I remember the fear I felt the first time I read it. I really can't say much more about the book without completely ruining it, its full of twists and turns and shockers. There is one rather controversial scene which is a little icky but when I read it the first time I didn't think there was anything strange about it until I thought about it. There is one scene in which the losers club have a sex each of the boys with bev, as children. It's described but not graphically like pornographically more like setting the scene type of thing but I was about 14 when I read it and I didn't even have second thoughts about it. What I have found is that horror novels tend to have sex scenes in quite a bit and are usually described, what you need to remember is though that this novel was written in the 80s when these things were probably more over looked but I think the act symbolises them moving from childhood to adulthood and making a bond that they vow not to break.

A good book to get you through the season of horrors or if you want a good scare. If you don't want a lot of description, sub plots or stories that set the scene and build upon the plot this isn't for you. King has this wonderful thing he does where he writes about the history of the town which is like an extra plot or story within the book and I just love that. All in all I think its a fantastic book for scares and I really enjoy the plot.

Stars out of 5? ★★★★
Feel free to leave your opinion on the book in a comment and I'll happily reply to any questions too.
I hope this review has made you think about reading IT.
Kloe x

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