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Stephen King at his finest
It - Stephen King
Member Name: James2807
It - Stephen King
Advantages: Everything, simply an amazing book
Disadvantages: It had to end
I am a huge Stephen King fan and don't think he has written a single bad book (and he has written A LOT). My addiction to SK started when I read the Dark Tower series, which is truly one of the greatest pieces of literature ever written! Since then I have been building a huge collection. I bought IT and never got around to reading it until recently, which is odd as its one of his better known books and has got great reviews. I decided to give it a read, seeing if it would live up to the hype.
The story (without giving too much away) focuses on 7 children and their fight against a murderous clown called Pennywise (well I will say clown but is it?!?!?) in a town called Derry Maine. The book tells the story of their childhood and also flashes forward to when they are grown up and called back to fight the clown once more after the suicide of one of the gang. Whilst the main focus of the book is the murderous creature, and it is marketed as a horror, the book could also be seen as being a tale of childhood friendship and adventure.
The story line is so in depth that it makes you feel part of the gang. The characters are superbly described and each has their own detailed personality, which you come to know and like.
The book is a beast at well over 1000 pages. Despite its length I felt the book was over too quickly! It has such a compelling story line and such amazing character development that I was disappointed when I finished it. I decided to buy the DVD as was intrigued as to how it would come across on film and not surprisingly was disappointed. The film misses out huge amounts of the book (understandably) but I just did not enjoy it. I have heard rumors that there is a remake in the pipeline which could be interesting.
This is still not my favorite Stephen King novel, that title will remain with the Dark Tower, but this is a close second. If you have not read it I implore you to as it is such a fantastic read.
Summary: A must read