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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

IT by Stephen King

First things first this is a big book, just over 1100 pages, and for years now this book has sat on the shelf taunting me, and I wanted to read it but it's size kept putting me off. I don't have a great deal of reading time so it just sat there, waiting. Recently I watched both versions of the movie (the new one is just fantastic, especially in the dark of the cinema!) and I finally answered the call...and I was surprised by how easy it flowed. The story is engaging, and the characters are (mostly) very likeable. I guess I could relate to it because I was picked on and bullied when I was a school kid. Only difference is I didn't have cool friends to hang out with...Anyway the book flowed on, with all its twists and turns, it's mini-stories incorporated into the whole, and I just couldn't put it down. In some ways it's similar to the movie Stand By Me, which is based a story by King, a bunch of friends hanging out, having a Big Adventure, and I got the impression that Stephen King had similar Big Adventures when he was a kid-you get the impression that he really understands what it's like to be a kid. When we grow up we forget so much of what it's like to be a kid, how different we are back then, and as much as IT is a horror story its also a story about friendship, about belonging and I did not want to stop reading it. Yes it's a big book but it's a big story, and definitely one worth exploring. Especially when it's cold and dark out, and you're under the covers...
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