It was like adults thought that real life only started when a person was five feet tall.
-IT (Stephen King)
Before I start with my review, just a small but an important piece of advice/tip – Try not to have your meals or snacks while reading the book. Doing so may lead to making you feel uneasy chewing and swallowing the food; in short will hamper in letting you enjoy your food. You can surely ignore my advice but don’t moan later that nobody warned you.
Why did I choose to read IT now? Yes I didn’t start reading it out of randomness; it had a reason. Which was,
I had bought IT in March, 2017 and kept it in the bottommost of all the books because I knew it’d take a lot of days (if you know the size of the book you’d know that without me telling you), I knew it’d be addictive and would hinder rest of my day’s activities, that is why I had planned to read it someday but definitely not now. I read Carrie (whose review you can find on my Goodreads) recently and loved it. But I had watched the movie few years back and even though having watched the movie didn’t bother me while reading the book, I kept on wishing, (almost) throughout the book that I hadn’t watched the movie first. With movie (the IT adaptation) releasing on 8th September, 2017 (in India), can anybody still not know why I read IT now and finished it in (almost) 2 weeks?
Now about the book. Though I gave the rating of 4 stars on Goodreads, but that is because there is no way to give any book a rating of 4.5; if there were I’d have chosen it for IT. So yes, I loved it; barring a scene or two. So what to expect of the book?
Anxiety, a lot of it. Fear, as if I needed to mention that. Hope, only in last chunk of pages. And a perfect blend of past and present, I can bet on that. It’s the latter one which made me jump over my seat. I mean damn! 1000 plus pages and not even once did I have to do head-scratching during the transitions from past to present and vice-versa. If you are able to hook your reader for such a long story (which is equally complicated) of yours without making them wonder- ‘Why did I even start reading this?’ or ‘When is this going to end?’- there shouldn’t be a reason for a reader to not to like that book; I didn’t have any.
What I loved the most is the way the story was structured- past to present, present to past, past to present, present to past. There was a big, wide, definite chance of faltering while working on such a complicated structure but King nailed it. And when I say nailed it! I really mean nailing at the perfect spot to make a perfect picture to be hung perfectly on it.
There were certain scenes which I loved and one which I still find disturbing and would share with you. Don’t worry these’re not spoilers (unless you keep my post by your side while reading the book [still chances are you won’t be able to spot these] of 1,000 plus pages). In fact, these are just few lines about those scenes so spoiler isn’t even the right term for them.
There were incidents which felt so real, so frightening, so traumatizing, so emotional- all at the same time- that they reminded me of the power of words, of fiction, of writers. One of such scenes was Mike’s dad’s story of fire. That scene seemed so surreal that I felt as if I were burning, as if there were fire around me and I was reading IT sitting in the middle of that fiery fire’s circle.
There were incidents which made me laugh really hard. When I say laugh, it doesn’t mean smile or giggle or chuckle, I’m being specific about the verb here; I laughed. Ben getting stuck in the gateway while getting into a house on Neibolt street was one of such scenes. I mean a boy getting stuck in the entrance while entering into a haunted house shouldn’t be a scene making somebody laugh, but the thoughts occurring in Ben’s mind at that time and the way King described the whole scene just couldn’t keep me sober. I had that burst of laugh instead of myself. Or, maybe, just maybe, when you’re scared you do laugh for no apparent reason. Isn’t it?
When you’re reading and reading and all of a sudden you read He died , you’re just an inch away from heart stroke. Aren’t you? I was. This I won’t tell who dies as that’d be what we call a spoiler. But King just killed a character and that frightened me more than anything. Trust me, I didn’t expect anybody (of the main characters) to be killed except it.
But yes, a scene where an 11-year old girl is made to have sex with six different boys of the same age- that scene was tormenting. First of all, of course, the age. Then, and the main reason, I couldn’t stand that scene because of the absence of any strong reason of it to be present in the story. I didn’t mind reading it thinking that I’d get my answers once I finish the scene. But no. I was kept away of any answers. I was asked to go through rest of the story without looking back or thinking back of such an obscenity. Yes, obscene isn’t a too strong word for it. Adding a sexual scene of kids without any strong reasons- I can’t agree with keeping it in a story. Anyway, this was the only scene that I wish wasn’t there in the book, or I had skipped reading it, somehow, magically.
These were the only striking (for me) scenes that I could remember from hundreds of them. Next time on, I’m going to keep a pad by my side to write about such things so that I don’t curse myself later for not noting them down. Also, so that the newspaper or pieces of paper kept by my side are spared of my random scribbling and notes.
He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts– Just like this line everything becomes clear by the end, in the end. It too. Patience is all you need to finish the book. And I’m one of those who love descriptions so reading IT was more of a relaxing read to me than an exhausting one (which many claim IT to be).
Book will throw a lot of descriptive scenes on you. And if you aren’t the one who likes descriptions, you’re going to have a tough time reading IT. Many argue (I read few reviews of the book) that the description is way too much and many scenes have just added to the size of the book not to the story. I don’t second such reviews. Reason being- every scene, at least for me, did add to the strength of characters. You can’t read a fiction (especially IT) only to solve the puzzle thrown at you in the start of the book; unless you’re made to feel with the characters, for the characters, there’d not be any sane mind to stick with IT, a huge bunch of pages, till the end or even till its midway.
IT proves that King really is the King. King had it in his name since his birth but I don’t have queen or princess in my name, neither as my first name nor middle nor last. Oh wait! I don’t even have any middle name. I got to ask my parents why they didn’t have as much love for me as Stephen King’s parents had for him.
Now, let’s see how Andy Muschietti would do justice to the book. As I’m yet to watch the movie (which is getting wonderful reviews by the way), I’m yet to decide the WOW factor of the movie for myself.
It seemed to me then and it seems to me now that when a man or woman goes it should be a quick thing. The cancer was doing more than killing him. It was degrading him, demeaning him.
– IT (Stephen King)
Okay, so here I’d leave you. I told you what I liked (loved), why I liked it, and also what I didn’t, why I did not. But if you’ve happened to read IT or are planning to, do tell me about your views on the book/story/author. Doesn’t matter if you simply hated this monstrous sized book, I still would be happy to hear to them.
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