A Review of “IT” by Stephen King
Stephen King’s IT, is a story of seven friends who are tormented (along with their home, small town Derry, ME) by a creature most often seen as a clown that shape shifts to it’s victims worst fear. IT is a basically perfect book, with rich and vivid characters, mind numbingly scary writing, and a simple elegance that can only be found in books by Stephen King. The book is a whopping 1090 pages so it might seem like a daunting task to read, but once you get started you’ll wish it was twice as long.
Characters Probably More Real than People You Know
One of most evident traits of IT is the vividness of it’s many characters. All though the 1000+ pages takes a long time to read, with out them you wouldn’t get the character development that is so prominent in this book. All though most of the characters are slightly common archetypes, they are genuine ones that you more than likely know. There’s Bill, the leader, the one with charisma, the one that for whatever reason you respect and honor so much that you would die for him. There’s Richie, the funny guy who has a large array of voices, but never seems to shut up. There’s Eddie, the overly cautious one who had an overprotective mom and relies on medicinine. Etc. Etc. Etc.
By the end of the novel, these characters will feel so real to you, that they WILL be real to you. You will care about them just as if they were real people.
“Balls-to-the-Wall, Keep-the-Lights-on Horror”
Before reading this I was under the ridiculous pretense that a book couldn’t scare me. “Words? HA. I laugh in the face of words. HA.” But oh was I wrong. Here is a choice passage from “Derry: The Second Interlude”“then I saw that I had had company in the night, as I slept. The tracks, drying to faint muddy impressions, led from the front door of the library (which I locked; I always lock it) to the desk where I slept. There were no tracks leading away. Whatever it was, it came to me in the night, left its talisman . . . and then simply disappeared. Tied to my reading lamp was a single balloon. Filled with helium, it floated in a morning sunray which slanted in through one of the high windows.On it was a picture of my face, the eyes gone, blood running down from the ragged sockets, a scream distorting the mouth on the balloon’s thin and bulging rubber skin. I looked at it and I screamed. The scream echoed through the library, echoing back, vibrating from the circular iron staircase leading to the stacks. The balloon burst with a bang” (King 298).
This book is scary. This book is terrifying. A great many times I have let out a little scream and jumped just cause someone knocked on my door while I was reading. But don’t get me wrong, those who say Stephen King is JUST a horror writer are dead wrong. They are
Perfect Introduction to the God that is Stephen King
Complete idiots. Complete idiots are people who deny the fact the Stephen King is an author capable of so much that it could make your head spin. This is obvious in the fact that Stephen King has written FIFTY TWO NOVELS! THAT’S 52! 5! 2! I haven’t even written that many pages!
All though not all of his books are masterpieces, even at his lowest point he’s still extraordinary. After reading IT, the ones I would recommend are the following:
The Stand is a story of the apocalypse told in three parts, each part growing increasingly more crazy than the last. It is similar to IT in that it is very large, and densely populated with extremely real characters. Many consider it to be the best King novel, and that’s why it’s at the top of this list.
The Green Mile
Stephen King himself has said that he writes two different kinds of novels: Large ones, which are like you’re viewing the story from a telescope, and small ones which are extreme close ups, like looking through a microscope. This one (unlike IT and The Stand) is the latter. The Green Mile is a story of a Jail and it’s inhabitants, and all though it is mainly drama, it has supernatural elements. Along with the story itself, it was released as a serial novel, meaning about 100 pages were released at a time, over the span of a few months, which makes it especially fun to read.
The Dark Tower Series
Stephen King’s self described Magnum Opus is a series somewhere between Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, and Western. It is the tale of a Gunslinger and his trek towards the titular Dark Tower, and the people he meets along the way. Not only is this simply one of the best stephen King stories, but it has 8 installments, so you’ll have plenty to read.
IT is a truly magnificent novel, and is easily one of my favorites. I can’t recommend this book enough, and that’s why I give it 5/5.