IT, by renowned author Stephen King, now remains one of my favourite books of all time. IT is a true horror tale, but also much more than that. IT deconstructs what it means to be a child, and how much you change when you grow to become an adult. Mr. King analyzes this and produces a literary masterpiece which must be experienced. His characters are so authentic, his symbols are so genuine and there are tons of smaller details to be found. First of all, the story of IT is epic and ambitious. It takes place in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, in which we follow a group of kids as children and as adults. The book smoothly transitions from 1958 (The children) to the time of 1985 (When the same kids are adults). As children, the characters come together to form their own Losers Club, because they feel like outcasts and wierdos. It is during that summer that the kids stumble upon a horror, an evil that is lurking in the town. This is IT, the titular creature, whom has unimaginable power. Later, as adults, they are drawn back to this evil force, and face their fears once again. IT is mysterious, enticing and remains so successful because of its amazing characters. The Losers Club consists of “Stuttering” Bill Denbrough, Richie “Trashmouth” Tozier, Ben Hanscom, Beverly Marsh, Stanley Uris, Eddie Kaspbrak, and Mike Hanlon. All seven of them are so captivating and have a chemistry unseen in most novels.
Additionally, IT carries heavy symbolism and themes throughout. As I mentioned before, a lot of the story represents the magic of childhood and how imagination can be your greatest ally. Additionally, the monster that is IT represents all our greatest fears. It is an amalgamation of all that makes up evil, and that’s what makes it so terrifying. Additionally, the setting of Derry makes up one of the best seen yet. It may just seem like another sleepy town, but it isn’t really. The town can be seen as a character itself, one that isn’t all quite good.
After reading IT, I would give my strongest recommendation to read it. IT does carry heavy subject matter and some shocking parts, so be warned. IT is also regarded as one of Stephen King’s best. IT has gone on to influence so many pop culture symbols, including the Netflix show, “Stranger Things”!
I would rate IT a 10/10. It’s an experience to be remembered and you should read it before the film comes out next year!