IT by Stephen King
Published September 15, 1986 by Viking Press (originally – my edition was published May 12, 2011 by Hodder and Stoughton)
Genres Horror, Fiction, Thriller
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 one’s deepest dread. Welcome to Derry, Maine, a small city as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry, the haunting is real. There were 7 teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown up men and women, who have gone out into the world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place, where as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, once again, children are being murdered and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer begin to resurface as they prepare to battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.
I don’t know why it me so long to read this book, as I am a big Stephen King fan; perhaps it’s the fact the 1, 300 page books intimate me. Anyway, I have to say overall I enjoyed the book, as I do every King novel. I have also never seen the movie, so I only knew as much as the above blurb from the book and what I have heard from other King fans and bloggers. As always, I try to keep my reviews as spoiler free as possible. IT can be described as a shape-shifting entity who often takes the form Pennywise the Dancing Clown, but also appears as several other characters in the book and exploits the fears and phobias of it’s victims while IT is luring them in. Primarily, IT seems to take the form of Pennywise, as it seems easiest to lure in children. This book deals with many of King’s themes that I have seen in later books such as memory and childhood trauma. The story is told from a kind of third person point of view (sorry I don’t know the exact terminology) and is told from two different time periods; 1957-1958 and 1984-1985. I have only one complaint about the book, which is why it got 4 stars, instead of 5 and that are some of the unnecessary (in my humble opinion) sexual situations involving very young teenagers. And actually I’m pretty sure they were around the age of 12, so to me that leans more towards child and not teenager. I didn’t think these two scenes were necessary and I really did not enjoy them or see the point in regards to the plot line or story. Otherwise, another excellent book Stephen King and do not be intimated by it’s size, the story moves pretty quickly. Happy reading!