To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.
It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .
The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.
Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality. – Goodreads.com
‘It’ is one of my favourite books and probably my favourite Stephen King novel at this point.
It follows five friends from childhood to adulthood when an old fear comes back to haunt them. If you’re afraid of clowns, you probably don’t want to take this one on. The novel is huge but it stays interesting and entertaining the entire way through. The characters are all well deveoped and the contrast and comparisons between the friends as children and then adults works really well.
I mostly read this one while I was in the bath, which probably wasn’t the best idea because by the middle to end of it I was slightly petrified by drains. You’ll know why if you’ve read it or seen the movie!
The movie didn’t quite do justice to the book, I felt, but I may need to give it a rewatch. Apparently they’re remaking it but I ama bit nervous because I can’t imagine a better Pennywise than Tim Curry and if they get Pennywise wrong, I don’t feel it would be worth watching. Personally, I’d want to see Doug Jones in the role.
Who do you think would suit it best?
Highly recommend this read, especially if you’re looking for something you can commit to for a while.
- Literally every aspect of this novel was fantastic