Hello, everyone! I have been thinking a lot lately about what type of posts that I should add to my blog, and thanks to this post titled, “30 Inspiring Blog Post Ideas For Writers”, I have decided to write more book reviews (plus other things like writing tips). I have written a review before, it was The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling, but now I am setting myself the task of writing a review after every book I finish reading, and this is what I have for you today; I will be writing a review for IT by Stephen King.
I have been a fan of Stephen King since my teens, and with every book he releases I have been keen to buy and read; he’s one of my favourite authors. However, I haven’t really read many of his earlier books, such as IT, and this is why I decided to read the book (and many of his earlier ones), and compare them to his latest books.
IT is told through two main time periods: 1958 and 1985. In 1958, children have disappeared or have been found dead. 7 children that call themselves the ‘Losers Club’ decide they must stop the creature from attacking any more children. In 1985, IT has returned, and the ‘Losers Club’ reunites to stop IT once and for all. That’s all I’m going to say about the plot; I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.
Even though I am a fan of Stephen King, I have to confess that IT was my least favourite. At first, the book drew me in. I learned a lot about the main characters and even Derry (the setting). However, my keen interest at the beginning started to fade, and I soon started to suffer from information overload. It was only due to my determination (and love for the author) that I continued to plough through. For me, the book was too long. While at times there were gripping scenes, there were also scenes that I felt were unnecessary. One of these scenes came near the end, and I found it uncomfortable to read. When I reached the end, I had reached the point where I just wanted it to be over, so I could start reading something else. Due to this, I feel that I wasn’t able to fully enjoy the novel the way I have done with his others. Nevertheless, many have adored this book, all you have to do is see the reviews, but personally, this book wasn’t for me, and Lisey’s Story remains my favourite Stephen King novel.
Favourite quote: “We all float down here!” ― Stephen King, It