Review of IT by Stephen King
By: Luna Lupine

Book Review IT by Stephen King By Luna Lupine

My decision for the book I'm about to review the book was directly inspired by Rebecca Ilich's Float artwork from last issue. So what book did review, you ask? Well, I revisited, IT, written by the great Stephen King this month. It was a book that helped define who I was as a teenager, to me it was the biggest and scariest piece of fiction I had ever read—I would later read The Stand, as an adult that would be almost a decade later. There is always a big chance of disappointment when you go back to reread a classic that you adored as a kid/teen. Simply because your perspective of life has matured, hopefully, which brings positives as well as negatives when rereading a story—there's always a chance of it losing its spark that it once held years earlier.

This a tale about childhood and the interaction and special relationships such as friendship, and how through the eyes of a child, it will last forever. In hindsight, I do not believe there is any other author who has the talent to convey what it is like to be a kid better than Stephen King himself. King crafts a vivid world through his detailed wording which allows us to conjure the feelings that a, say teen-aged you, would have had experienced, but gives you enough room for the adult you to laugh at the silliness of that world. But, just like real life, it is not all fun and games, just like the happy times during that time in your life, King brings back the tough times as well such as loneliness, not fitting in and bully troubles. While IT is known as a Modern Classic Horror story, it is equally a story about kids coming of age.

Okay, so let's take a look at some of the positives point of the book first. Though I said this earlier, it's worth mentioning again, is that this is simply not just a horror story, though there are scary moments, they are evenly paced out which in my opinion makes the moment scarier. King's narrative details the lives (young and old) of the Losers Club, who are a bunch of reject kids in a local town in the state of Maine. The club's members of Bill, Richie, Stan, Beverly, Eddie and Mike learn and confront the curse of their Town if Derry. Also worth noting is that although the book is just shy from a huge 1200 page count, to the credit to the author it does not feel that long. When a book's chapter pull you in so deep that you realize it almost five in the morning, those pages fly by.

The only negative point and/or objection is the now infamous few pages of where the six boys take turn having sex with Bev. A point that I feel needs to be made is that other than it taking place in a sewer, all of these kids are eleven-years-old, and while I don't even recall that moment the first time I read it, it was rather uncomfortable for me to read it this time around—I sincerely question as two why the editor saw this scene fit for publication.

I sincerely enjoyed the book as I was averaging between 150 to 170 pages a day, as proof and place to revisit perhaps one more time (maybe right before part two the the movie comes out). So taking everything we discussed into account, I give Stephen King's IT four spooky stars! If you have not read this masterpiece, I do suggest that you partake sooner than later.

Well, that's all until next time. The full moon is once again summoning for me. As they say, for the Moon is the mother of all lunatics to whom she has given her name.