Welcome To Derry, Maine It S A Small City, A Place As Hauntingly Familiar As Your Own Hometown Only In Derry The Haunting Is Real They Were Seven Teenagers When They First Stumbled Upon The Horror Now They Are Grown Up Men And Women Who Have Gone Out Into The Big World To Gain Success And Happiness But None Of Them Can Withstand The Force That Has Drawn Them Back To Derry To Face The Nightmare Without An End, And The Evil Without A Name . 1115 coming of age 34 38. 70% .. The most important things are the hardest things to say, because words diminish themSome time ago the wise bald or white heads stationed at various universities came to an agreement that a literary form, commonly known as the novel, is dead fewer and fewer works of any significance are written each year Of course, one must understand the requirements the wise gentlemen expect of a novel of worth it would be good if the writer would include some aesthetic dignity by including as much allusions and connections to other previous works of literature consciously, that is The language must also be exquisite preferably obsure and as incomprehensible as possible, drawing from earlier works of worth and including metaphors and allusions to them If the author by any chance happens to include a plot in his work, there is a good percentage of possibility that his work will be deemed unworthy, and forever excluded by the adacemia.Or at least as long as these wise gentlemen live.Of course, the reader is not expected to understand, not to mention enjoy the work of worth no one reads any, the wise men would say people read rubbish like Danielle Steel when Bold Beautiful is not on the TV And, by God, no such novel of worth can ever be popular after all, the intelligence level required to appreciate it is apparently not met by the 90% of world population A literary figure who is as popular and appreciated like The Beatles Whose work is admired by thousands of people And the possibility that these people might learn something from it That is simply not possible the wise heads mutter in unison that is simply not possible Ask people who know Ask us History, as we know it, has a nasty habit of repeating itself though in this case something good might actually come out of it Writers have been criticized before most notably Twain and Dickens and yet, their work is still read and loved by whole generations of readers Their fiction is taught in schools Huckleberry Finn has been deemed as vulgar and impropable, much od Dickens s work was described as overtly sentimental, but it prevailed which can t be said about those who concerned themselved with being the so called Arbiters of Literature In the end, they couldn t grind the knives because they weren t theirs to wield.The bones of those who tried to define literature perished the works they so often tried to banish did not No one remembers or cares about those who tried to defy the power of Twain or Dickens they are immortal through their works.People perish books do not No one cares about the boy s club of the literati, who cry out words of rage from the ivory tower, instead of helping people understand the joy of reading, understanding and believing The main principle of art is to evoke the problem is, not many of the educated seem to understand that even simple things can evoke great emotions But they too will go down in history without leaving any mark on it, forgotten and alone and I believe that there will be a lot of bodies turning in their graves when some titles enter the school curriculum IT by all means, is not a simple novel To classify it as a horror story is the same as saying that Moby Dick is a very long manual on whaling To say that it is all about the monster is to say that the whale is the villain of the piece We all start out knowing magic We are born with whirlwinds, forestfires, and comets inside us We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out We get put on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible Told to act our age Told to grow up, for God s sake And you know why we were told that Because the people doing the telling were afraid of our wildness and youth, and because the magic we knew made them ashamed and sad of what they d allowed to wither in themselves. Robert McCammonAlthough vulnerable and physically weak, two factors that make them perfect victims, children posess strenght that most adults had lost in the painful process of maturing the strenght of imagination A child feels and experiences emotions muchintensely than an adult, but their unique imaginative capacity allows it to cope with the seemingly impropable muchefficiently Hence when inSalem s Lot an adult faces a vampire, he fells down dead from a heart attack When a child faces one, he is able to go to sleep ten minutes later As King puts it, Such is the difference between men and boys.King has been depicting children throughout his whole career, and his child characters have subsequently grown older, along with his own children IT is in my opinion his best novel with child protagonists his most elaborate, complex one It s also one of his longest, if not the longest The lenght is appropriate, because of the theme After all, it deals with childhood Childhood defies Time a day can last forever, and the summers are endless And then we grow up, all these years pass, just like a blink Kids are bent They think around corners But starting at roughly age eight, when childhood s second great era begins, the kinks begin to straighten out, one by one The boundaries of thought and vision begin to close down to a tunnel as we gear up to get along. Stephen King, Danse MacabreChildren also posess another one of the invaluable assets that most adults strive to grasp, and it still seeps through their fingers, like sand Time Children experience the passing of time differently not because time actually slows down for them that would be a neat thing indeed but because they occupy a vastly different social position than that of an average adult Most adults are forced to work and take care of their families, offspring included Their imagination is dimmed by the countless hours spent on labor, and for most it never really comes backthe disilusions of experience push it farther abd farther down in the dungeons of the mind, until we finally forget that it was even there in the first place.Until we forget what we are possible ofwhat adventures we can create, what worlds and realms, completely out of the whole cloth.When you are a child the hours lazily pass by, the only important matter is to get home from school and after throwing the backpack in a corner going to get your friends and hanging out with them till dinnerand then go hang out with them someThe imagination is an eye, a marvelous third eye that floats free As children, that eye sees with 20 20 clarity As we grow older, its vision begins to dimand one day the guy at the door lets you into the bar without asking to see any ID and that s it for you, Cholly your hat is over the windmill It s in your eyes Something in your eyes Check them out in the mirror and tell me if I m wrong.The job of the fantasy writer, or the horror writer, is to bust the walls of that tunnel vision wide for a little while to provide a single powerful spectacle for that third eye The job of the fantasy horror writer is to make you, for a little while, a child again.Most children experienceduring one summer vacation than some adults throughout their whole life They have their precious innocence, they haven t been spoiled by work, by taxes, by bills and other things that each of us has to face at some point in life There is always food in the fridge, and there is always roof over the head and if there is not, there is always hope that there eventually will be, and friends that help to keep it.Children doand seebecause they can when school ends, the day is theirs Their schedule is not as strict as that of an adult their duties not as responsible Therefore, they do not have to trouble themselves with money and shelter, and even if they do they are easily able to push these matters away and concentrate completely on what they are doing right here and now With little breaks for homework and chores children can spend the whole day playing make believe with their precious friends, and sometimes the boundaries between the real and the imagined become thin, and sometimes they vanish altogether Sometimes their thoughts take shapesand sometimes their fears do too Sometimes they joy is almost tangibleand sometimes the boogeymen come out of the closet.And sometimes they are real IT is a story of a group of children who are not among the most popular, strongest or smartest a tale about the group of seven friends living in Derry, Maine in 1958 They form the self called losers club and encounter a horrible, awesome force lurking in their hometowna force feeding on fear and devouring young children A force that adults do not seem to see a force that appears as a clown, holding a hand full of baloons.The seven children all have one thing in common they encountered IT They had all escapedand that one summer of 58, the seven friends have confronted and defeated IT.Or so they had thought.28 years later a young homosexual is thrown off a bridge in Derryit seems like a classic, clear case of homophobia, but the testimony of one of the witnesses changes everything.He claims he has seen a clown under the bridgea clown and a cloud of balloons.Mike Hanlon, the sole member of the losers who remained in Derry calls the others and reminds them of the promise they had made all these years agoa promise sealed in blood A vow to return if IT wasn t dead If IT will come back And apparently, IT has.Can they face IT again Can they go back to the horror they have long forgotten They faced the terror as children It was their time to take action, and they managed to fight it Now they are all grown upbut it is their time,too.Will the monster be bestedor will IT FEED IT is composed of two nonlinear narratives The first is the story of 1958, where we meet the children and they first encounter IT King effortlesly interleaves this timeline with the story of 1985, where the adults return to Derry to fight IT, basing on research that has been done on the subject and their returning memories IT avoids the problems of most other lenghty books plot threads that go nowhere Each of them is important, and only adds to the suspense and builds up to the shattering climax.If there is a thing which places King above most other writers, it certainly is his great understandning of adolescence Few others manage to write so vividly and convinclingly about childhood and coming of age.The unquestionably hard time of growing up school, bullies, parents, first crushes they are all here, and the reader feels as if he himself was experiencing them King allowed me to re live my past again I wasn t around in 1958, but if I were I would undoubtedly be one of the boys It is truly an impressive experience to read how King builds his characters and the world they live in.Which of course includes stormdrainswhich might be empty, but then they might be not.IT also manages to adress important social topics racism, prejudice, domestic abuse But most importantly it is a story about friendship and childhood How it irrevocably binds people together and affect their lives About the power of memory and imagination about the terror of the familiar world which hides many secrets around the corners and down in the sewers It s a study of children facing the uncanny, and overcoming their greatest fear the fear of being alone in fright.IT is a story of seven friends, each different, each indispensable and irreplaceable.stuttering Bill Denbrough, the unlikely group leader Ben Hansocom, an overweight boy, with a talent for architecture Riche Tozier, the brilliant witty boy of many voices Mike Hanlon, the black kid who comes to the group to find acceptance and finds it Eddie Kaspbrak, the asthmatic and fragile boy who finds within the group a thing he has never dreamed of courage Stan Uris, a sensible boy who brings understanding and Beverly March, the sole girl in the group, an redhead who is both sweet and tough, and helps the boys in most dire of moments.King has proven himself earlier to be capable of producing an epic narrative The Stand in 1978 , but I think that IT is equal to or even surpasses the story of the plague.This is a brilliant novel, beautifully told in crisp, clear prose, with truly unforgettable characters and situations It is the essence of good fiction the truth inside the lie King knows his way around the corners and has that undefiniable look in the eye, the dreamy look of a child His words are the best set of toys he ever had and he s generous enough to share them with us And when he s showing us how his trains travel along the tracks of his imagination and where they go to, we won t dare to blink because we could miss a minute of the experienceeven when the carriage passes through some dark tunnels.And if it is the work of an inadequate writer , a producer of penny dreadfuls , without any aesthetic value or other high flown pretentious gibberish babbled by people who would most likely want to cast Stephen King and his readers to hell for destroying the image of Literary Reader Like Huck Finn, I d shout loud All right, then, I ll GO to hell Literary Heaven might have a better climate but Literary Hell sure has better company. Some parts were truly creepy at first and initially, as often happens with King, I couldn t put it down But then, as often happens with King, it hits a brick wall and becomes so over long and has so many unnecessary elements that get in the way of the main story that it becomes a bloated, endless chore to finish People often say they hate the ending of this bookI did not hate it or love it I had checked out at that point and simply wanted it to be over no matter who lived or died or whether they defeated It or not.This book is at least 300 pages too long and that is the least that could have been completely cut out without hurting the story in the slightest Included in those 300 pages are some particularly disturbing sequences and elements which were just sickening, unnecessary and, to me, actually took away from the main story.The events and elements that killed It for me 1 A bizarre, out of nowhere scene portraying sex play between two male pre teen, would be murderous bullies which had nothing to do with the story and led nowhere.2 An extended description of animal torture killing which stemmed from the bully in the sex play, which had nothing to do with the story and ultimately, again, was pointless and unnecessary.3 A detailed description of a kid murdering a baby sibling No point, nothing to do with the story Again.4 The use of the N wordin one place than I have ever read or heard in my life combined Not necessary, nothing to do with the main part of the story 5 And, the scene which blew me away and pretty much made me feel I had wasted time getting that far in a gang bang consisting of nothing but 11 and 12 year olds What the F And when I say gang bang I mean it six boys banging the girl back to back Only abnormal people do not raise an eyebrow at this scene and try to defend it as being natural and normal It s neither and most decent people would be bothered by this segment So, aside from those main awful things the other annoying elements the character of Richie I skipped a lot of his dialogue I wanted to punch him in the face just for being annoying And every time he did his Mexican voice I just cringed and skipped the next couple lines Never has a character in a BOOK annoyed me so, so much I was hoping he would die Their stupid inside joke of Beep beep, Richie By the twelve thousandth time one of them said this I wanted to just throw the book across the room Painful to read In the end King took a super creepy story and concept which he could have effectively told in probably 500 pages and blew it up to over 1,000 with too much detail in certain parts, too much back story in others and too many subplots which didn t matter All of which pretty much wiped out any fear or creepiness for me By the time I got 700 or so pages in I simply was not scared, not creeped out, no longer interested and didn t care how it ended as long as it ended soon I am aware that some people will feel that I just don t get it with my review and complaints I am totally fine with that I am totally fine not getting it when it comes to this type of thing Too bad Started off as five stars for me and crumbled onto itself into two stars. I read this entire book in one day during my 24 hour readathon, readathonbyzoe Watch the vlog here highly enjoy Stephen King s descriptive writing style I was on the edge of my seat for the majority of the novel, and I definitely did not sleep well the following night However, I hate his constant use of slurs against black, Jewish, and gay characters I understand that he is using them as a tool to highlight the real horrors in our everyday lives, but it was 100% not necessary to use them with such frequency.Also, TW for sexual assault, domestic abuse, and suicide.
Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.
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- Stephen King
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