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Stephen King - Carrie and IT

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It is known that when King wrote “Kerry”, he suffered terribly – he was given all this feminine physicality, nakedness and ugliness of real, not romantic-conditioned feelings and experiences, blood and generally skewed hormonality of the text. But, as it seems to me, this novel at King should be called not only the most realistic but also the most, perhaps, sensitive.

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Why realistic? See, in the mass body of novels about adolescents, the ugly girl who is kicked off by the whole school, most often inside is terribly fluffy. She, of course, has a hard life, but she likes to read books, takes old women across the street and for this she will someday discover braces, contact lenses, texturing sprays for hair and a boy. (Okay, old-age braces-sprays are optional, but the boy, the boy is always there, after the heroine suffers a lot.) But Carrie’s story is a rogue girl, whose classmates are cruelly bullied by – she’s real Carrie and how she reacts to baiting. King is not a photoshop of her pimple compassion and does not inhabit her inner world with pink unicorns. Carrie feels, moves, thinks exactly as a very unloved and very problematic teenager behaves. She has nothing to love her mother with, no reason to spare classmates, no place to wait for your dreams. Hormones multiplied by a cruel offense are bombed inside, and therefore the final explosion of telekinesis is, in fact, a more real and even happier ending than even skin and boys.

King was shy, but as a result, he wrote a truly feminist novel, the moral of which is this: menstruation is not a cause for jokes, an ugly girl does not mean weak, death is inevitable, but if you behave ugly (with girls), it will come faster.


Very often, King turns novels not quite about what they seem to be talking about. You can, of course, read “It” only as a cult horror: who does not know Pennyvayza, everyone knows Pennyvayza. But the story of how in the small town of Derry missed death sewage – not the most interesting thing in this novel. Cut off the hands, the smell of death, the grinning clown – it’s all a smoke screen for the novel about the horrors of growing up and the value of friendship, any friendship.

King, in fact, a wonderful author of teenage novels, he is very successful descriptions and characters of rogue teens. As in the case of “Carrie”, so here – the “Loser Club” by the strength of its amazing reality is almost more powerful than the image of Penny. The story of seven friends – Bill, Eddie, Mike, Beverly and the rest – consists, roughly speaking, of two parts. The first part – the children grow up, make friends, go to school and try to understand themselves. The second part – the children fight against evil, which adults absolutely do not notice. So, the first story, though inseparably linked to the second, is in fact much more interesting and understandable. After all, is it true, when will an angry clown come out of your closet? But everybody has come across a bully like Henry Bowers, and everyone knows that they are worse than a clown.

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