Author: Stephen King
Genre: Science Fiction/Horror/Thriller
Kid Friendly Rating: 0/10
So let’s start at the beginning.
Like most people I first saw it on TV during the 90’s and starring Tim Curry as Pennywise the dancing clown. To be honest, every time I watched It, I thought it was really cool. I had no idea is that diving into the book would be such an incredible change and so much more light would be spread on the story. Now, I know it’s a cliche but the book is always better then the movie and damn is that accurate here. I am going to try and explain this story without spoiling anything, simply because all of the subtleties and nuances our best imagined through one’s own third eye and not through the third eye of another individual.
It is a coming of age story that begins in the 1950’s with a series of horrendous murders that plague the small town of Dairy Maine. You learn quickly that murders in Dairy and cases of missing children are all intertwined in some way or another. I do not believe I would be going too far in telling you is that they all include Pennywise the clown. If in fact a clown is what you can call him… or her…
It tells the story of several friends that have quite possibly saved the world together as children, and then moved on to forget all about one another. The story progresses when the friends begin to reacquaint themselves with one another and their own personal demons. While all but one of the friends have going on to become incredibly well to do, they find that all their wealth and luck are all but useless in defending themselves and their hometown against the intelligence known as Pennywise.
Death, sex, and fear are all prevalent focal points in this story, and for good reason. These are all emotions and experiences that every human witnesses at some point in their life and are used to tear the band of friends apart. As both children and adults the friends must experience levels of hate and fear that every other human before them was unable to cope with against Pennywise… And in the story not only are they trying to cope they are trying to conquer.
Final Thoughts: Good God is this an amazing book… Despite the praises I continually saying for books like Hyperion, this is among one of the best I’ve read. I don’t know why I didn’t read this earlier, and why I stuck to only the made for TV movie but damn do I regret that.
While It, the movie, has its own cult following the book supersedes that quality in every way. There are several scenes regarding the children that are perhaps a bit more graphic then I would like, but I suppose that simply gets the point across.
This book can be dry, so detail minded individuals will probably like it best. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under the age of 18 due to the graphic content, but I absolutely recommend it every over 18. You are doing yourself a disservice if you do not read this book.
My rating is a solid 10 out of 10.
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Originally posted 7/8/15