Welcome to my first guest review! My boyfriend David recently read It by Stephen King, here are his thoughts below!
Author: Stephen King
Genre: suspense, horror, thriller
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Link to buy book here.
Let me just say, Dave has never written a book review before. 😀
Thoughts by Dave
Have you ever thought that a book can be its own sequel and prequel at the same time?
Better yet, have you ever thought that such a difficult feat of narrative can actually be well-written?
Turns out it can.
It was the first book that I have ever read by the infamous Stephen King.
I know, I know. But better late to the party than never arriving. Like many people, I thought that this party was going to be horror themed. Which, I don’t mind. I like me a good fear boner every now and then, just like any other regular guy.
So, I just woke up a few months back and saw that a new trailer had been released for a cinematic adaptation of It. True to my assumptions, the movie looked horror themed. I mean, it’s a killer clown that preys on children. Right?
Well, not really.
The story takes place over a long period of time. Technically, it begins with the start of the universe. However, the brunt of the story takes place in the late 1950’s and mid 80’s in Derry, Maine. It’s very much a typical American town, and very much… not.
During the summer of 1958, seven 11 year-old kids become seven friends, and the Losers Club is born. Bill, Ben, Beverley, Eddie, Stan, Michael and Richie form a bond the strength of which is rarely seen in the world. They may just be a list of names here, but they are very much their own characters in the book. They spend the summer playing, growing, and coming to rely on one another. They need to rely on one another.
Because Derry is haunted.
Something happens to all of them during that fateful Summer. Something their adult selves can’t quite remember. Something that an adult mind can’t quite come to terms with. In fact, by 1984 they don’t really remember much of each other, or the powerful friendship they shared. Odd.
But they do remember one thing when Michael calls each member of the club 27 years later. Fear. Paralyzing, indescribable fear.
And a promise. A promise made in their own blood. A promise to return to Derry to finish the job they started as children, should the need ever arise.
As they make their way back to their childhood town, the memories slowly return. They start to recall the events of that summer, as well as the cosmic force, the magic that they shared in order to bring down the sickness that plagued Derry.
The only thing is, they didn’t succeed. The cycle that has repeated itself every 27 or 28 years since the beginning of human time has started anew. It wakes to feed on the imaginative minds of humans, especially those of children. It also remembers what those kids did to It back in 1958. It takes many shapes, each one a form found in nightmares, though it has one common appearance that all members of Derry have seen at least once in their lives.
Pennywise the clown.
I use to think that Stephen writes horror books. Just what I heard on the grapevine. The guy likes to scare people, and he’s good at it. It’s his niche. His thing.
His gross misunderstanding.
Stephen King doesn’t write horror books. He writes bloody good stories that contain the element of fanaticism. Fear is a prominent theme in this book, sure, and there are plenty of scary and gory moments. But they are interlocked with other themes of friendship, childhood, what it means to ‘grow up’, politics, culture, history and so many other fundamental components that make a well-told story.
I understand that the producers of the movie adaptation need to turn this 1000+ page book into a horror movie. There is so much depth to this novel that it would be impossible to properly portray the story on the big screen in one or two movies. In a condensed form, It deals with the horrors that plague the human mind, so it makes sense to make it into a horror film.
King explores the best and worst of humankind in this book. He gives a massive history to this world, and doesn’t rely on ‘information dumping’ with long paragraphs that derail the story. The writing is masterfully woven together, and it makes for a very satisfying read.
So, in conclusion.
This book didn’t put me on the Stephen King bandwagon. No no, it made me want to take the reins and drive.
It made me want to write my first ever book review to help get the word out there to anyone who wants a mature, suspenseful read. It made me want to test social boundaries and thank Stephen for inducing multiple fear boners.
I highly recommend that you pick ‘It’ up. 😉
4 / 5 stars
Thank you Dave for guest reviewing It!
Dave works in the film industry, hence his constant referrals to the film adaptation. 😉 And he has an artistic portfolio here if you’d like to look at some pretty pictures. ❤