book review

So I just read IT by Stephen King and…

And I did really like it, more than I expected. I’m an extremely slow reader and I much prefer short books so I was a little unsure when I went into this, 1067 is a lot. In the end it took me 17 days to get through it but I’m really pleased I did. I adore the 2017 and 2019 It movies, Chapter 2 being my number one favorite movie of all time, and I felt I needed to read the book. Wow was I wrong. But first! What is this book about?

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.

I had a basic understanding that the book was going to be very different then the movie and I was ok with that, as I said in this blog post I think it’s unfair to judge a book and a movie the same way. But I don’t think I was really prepared for what I was getting myself in for. The movies will always be my favourite movies but this book will never be my favourite book. The movies were inspired by the book, some parts similar but most of it slightly different or completely different, especially the second movie. 

The book was extremely funny in places and has one of the best lines from any book, something I’m actually thinking about getting tattooed on my body. I didn’t find it scary but some parts were slightly creepy but I’ve never been scared by a book so that’s nothing new. 

The characters were really interesting, the main 7 didn’t feel that well rounded but I did still connect with them on some level. The side characters were a lot more interesting to me though, Bowers was really well written and I did feel the craziness in him. I also liked the way King wrote the relationship between Henry and Mike, this was something that was missed from the movie and I wish they had taken time to show this more in the movie. When talking about Mike’s dog I think that was really a huge bit of Character development for Bowers. Tom, Bevs husband, was

I really liked the Derry interludes written as diary entries by Mike, it was so interesting to see his research and the history of how IT had affected Derry. Another section I loved what the interaction between IT and the turtle, (side note, we all need to worship this turtle as a fucking GOD!) seeing King give something human to the monster. 

One of the main things I disliked about it was the length of the book and how overwhelming it did feel. I do normally read book series one after the other but as one book it just feels different. I have a really bad memory, an issue I had all through school with and have had extra tutoring to help me with, It’s an actual medical issue I’ve had. So when I write these reviews I sit down as soon as I finish the book to be able to write the review before I forget and I often have to really sit down and think about certain events from a book hard to be able to remember them. There’s books out there that I remember nothing about but I just know I loved the books… Anyway! I think if this book had been split up into two then it would help me remember and enjoy it more. I’m not saying it needs to be split up like it is in the movies, more just split straight down the middle. 

I also didn’t like how King described some things in the book, things sometimes felt long winded and painful at times. 

I also didn’t like the sexual stuff thrown around. It felt like it had just come out of nowhere, just kind of thrown into it because King felt like he needed it. It felt dirty and pointless. 

It’s funny, last night my mam asked me if I would recommend this book and I wasn’t sure what to say. Now after writing this review I do recommend it. It was a good book and I think people should read it. That being said I’m going to give it 4 stars.

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