I was asked a few times while reading this monster of a book if it was scary and I think that all depends on the reader. What’s scary to you? Are Bees scary? Are Spiders scary? heights? Claustrophobia? Murders? Ghosts? Birds? Clowns?
Sure all these things can be scary depending on the person and I think that’s how you should look at horror books. Horror fiction is so much more than goosebumps and gore, just like Romance fiction is so much more then smut and love. Themes are an important under current in all books and IT by Stephen King was much more then a cheap jump scare or creepy clown.
Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.
They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.
It is about 7 kids, 7 kids who have witnessed people being murdered and killed all over town, 7 kids who all find in each other as outcast and grow to love each other. 7 Kids who trust each other enough to confide that they’ve all witnessed a clown in a silver jump suite and orange pom poms try to lure them away to kill them, 7 kids who are now adults and it’s happening all over again.
It haunts Derry, It lives in the sewers and comes every 27 years, It feeds of children’s fears and limbs. That’s all I’d really like to say about the plot, I mean evil monster killing and decapitating a boat load of people is basically all you need to know right?
Lets talk about the writing style:
It’s flawless, faultless, and had me reading in awe and how smooth the whole thing unfolded.
There’s two timelines, the 7 kids now grown, no memories of what happened 27 years ago but when a phone call awakens them and old scars appear they slowly remember what they did to It all that time ago. Mixed in to the memories is a flawless transition of those 7 kids setting out to on their first journey, finding each other and unpuzzling the thing that’s lurking in Derry.
Now as for the scare factors
It’s there, it has clowns with razor sharp teeth, Werewolves and mummies, it has everything you could ever be scared of: Voices out of the drains, that creepy feeling you get walking into an attic waiting for a hand to grab your ankle, dead kids, bloated bodies. BUT what I really want to point out is even with all these factors this is a story of friendship and the power it has.
Friendship between self proclaimed losers, no real talents except their love for each other and determinations to stop It.
“Maybe there aren’t any such things as good friends or bad friends – maybe there are just friends, people who stand by you when you’re hurt and who help you feel not so lonely. Maybe they’re always worth being scared for, and hoping for, and living for. Maybe worth dying for too, if that’s what has to be. No good friends. No bad friends. Only people you want, need to be with; people who build their houses in your heart.”
Bill who lost his little brother and has a stutter, Richie the ADHD who doesn’t know when to shut up to save his life… literally, Eddie with a hypochondriac mother, Stan who just wants to watch birds and not get mud on his clothes, Ben who’s overweight and lonely, Bev a poor girl with no friends and an abusive father, Mike the one black kid in a very small, very white town.
Together they’re stronger than anything It can throw at them but will they be able to keep that childhood bond now that they’re adults and have lost some of the magic childhood brings.
I guess to conclude all I can really say is this book is worth every single page and I’d gladly read another 1000 pages if King decided they were needed.
Have you read It? What did you think? Is it on your TBR because that page count is just as scary as the content?
I haven’t watch the old movie yet but I’m super excited to see how they manage to condense this into a 2 hour film and I LOVED the trailer.