Saturday, March 14, 2009

Guest Review: "Stephen King's IT"

Hello, brave bloggers, I’m Uman, writing at the request of my good friend Kappa02. I’m trying to keep this shortish, so I won’t drone on too long in the beginning, but anyway, what do a lot of B-movies have? Let’s see, chicks killing people...vampires...crazy people...and killer clowns. What ELSE has all these things? Well, only the library of horror’s most celebrated writer, Stephen King. That would be my main reason for putting reviews of his books on this blog, even if it’s not mine. The movies based off of this books may not BE B-movies, but, like most horror movies, they have elements of them. Me and Kappa may do some reviews of those movies in due time, but first I’m going to review King’s best, and one of his most well-known books.

It’s well known amongst horror readers that not many books are truly scary. I mean, come on, it’s words on a paper! What it takes in imagination, on both your part and the writers, and there is no book that uses this tool more powerfully then one of the scariest and best books ever...IT. Even the name is kinda scary. IT. IT. IT. Raaah. Alright, onto reviewing.

Why is this book so good? Because it’s scary, but it wouldn’t be nearly as scary if it didn’t pull you into its world and make you feel like you almost know the characters. How does it make you feel that way? Because it explains alot, because there’s lots of exposition, and little minute details that only help to enrich the story. How does it have so much exposition? Well, to quote a wise passerby from Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, it’s a HUGE BITCH. At over 1,100 pages, you bet there’s a lot of exposition. But that’s what makes the book great. As you read you find out more about the strange origins of Pennywise the Clown, and the Loser’s Club, who spend half of the book as kids and half as adults (these parts are distributed in sort of a back-and-forth pattern, kid part, adult part, kid part, adult part, etc. Pennywise is only one of the many forms of the book’s title monster, some of which include homages to classic horror movies such as the swamp thing, Frankenstein, and Dracula, and also B movies like a werewolf wearing a varsity jacket (dare I say a teen wolf?) and a walking eye, from, uh...the one about the walking eye.

Going back to the subject of imagination, it’s put to great use in this book. Now, we’ve sort of seen monsters whose powers turn out to be their weaknesses, right? Yeah. Well, these monsters are nothing compared to It. It preys on you using your imagination to turn into the scariest form you can imagine, which is why is mostly preys on kids, because they have more imagination than adults do. But, in an ironic twist, kids also seem to be the only ones who can hurt It, as they have so much imagination that they can use virtually anything against It when they’re up to it (It it It it It), at one point even screaming the names of various birds at the monster causes it to shriek and snarl in recoil. Don’t let these adjectives fool you, though-It is one very smart monster. Anyway, this imagination concept, along with other things such as the bond of friendship-alright, lemme stop right here and say yes, what you’ve heard is true, there IS an orgy, but believe me, it’s in a much different tone than you’d think. All the emotions in the book are great.

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To end and summarize, as I said before, the book is scary as s**t. The beginning is just as scary as you’ve heard, the concept of an all seeing, town-inhabiting monster using one of children’s best assets against them is scary, and King’s words are hella scary, and not always conventional, horror-scary either. For instance, one of the characters interviews an old man about how, back in the fifties, the men of the town sort of surprised a prominent gangster of the time by pulling out guns and shooting him and his posse when he stopped his car in the street to go into the store. After the old man explains all this, the characters asks him “Do you remember seeing anything sort of strange, maybe out of place then?” The old man almost immediately says “Oh, you mean the clown?” and you crap your pants. Believe me, at this moment you realize “HOLY SHIT, THIS GUY IS EVERYWHERE.” It’s REALLY creepy. And then there’s the regular scary, like the beginning, where he’s in the sewers, you all know the story. All that emotion is what makes this book great.

So, IT is an awesome book, one of my personal favorites. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but when I do, I’ll be sure to voice my input somewhere. If you haven’t read the book, for the love of all that is holy, bite the extremely thick bullet and do it. You’ll get through it surprisingly fast once you realize how amazing it is, and you’ll float, oh, you’ll float...Because we all float...down here.

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-Uman

Thank you Uman for this review

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