With the 2017 reboot of Stephen King's “It”
coming to theaters, I had to address the elephant, or evil clown, in
the room. I never read the book. What kind of Stephen King fan does
not do that? After all, it's a universal fact that the book is always better than the movie.
But “It” is 1,138 pages, varying with what copy you have. It's a
commitment, to say the least, but it is one that you won't want to
end. Pages just seem to fly by as you're filled with terror and anticipation of what's coming next. Despite the length, there is no filler or fluff in the mix. There are plenty of things you think when reading the horrors of
“It,” but here are the more common thoughts.
1. You dodge all sewer drains.
And clowns, while you're at it. Just in
2. What if...
What if you get a call in the middle of the
night from someone you suddenly remember, telling you that you have to
keep your promise?
3. Characters feel real.
Sometimes you just feel like an honorary
member of The Loser Club. You already know who you'd hang out with
4. 600 pages later...
5. Better put the cover face down.
If you're trying to sleeping with Pennywise watching you, chances are you won't actually sleep.
6. You make your own interludes.
7. You look over your shoulder more often.
If you're reading this at night, rightfully so.
8. You begin to lose your hope in humanity.
Sure, Pennywise is horror at it's finest,
but Henry Bowers and Tom Rogan, (to name two,) are villains of their
own caliber. For much of the book, you only have a vague idea of
what “it” is doing, but you have plenty of detail for characters
of the mortal variety. Stephen King brings them to life, and surely
people that you know, or have heard of come to mind when readin.
9. The economy was...different.
Sure, they may have a wicked, supernatural being trying to kill them, but they also got three movie tickets for 75 cents. Priorities.
10. There's never a dull moment.
When reading, the heavy details and pacing of the story serve to intensify the story. Even the little things prove to be significant in the grand scheme of things. Plus, you learn so much about each character along the way.
11. This kind of reminds me of...
“Stranger Things.” Think about it. A
group of kids ban together to fight supernatural creatures. The
Losers Club comes in plenty of different varieties.
12. Your name isn't Judy, but...
You can't help but to judge anyone who's
seeing the new movie without reading the book. On the other hand, it
makes you feel like a marathon participant, so that is pretty cool.
13. You're so determined.
No matter how many pages you have left, you promised yourself that you'd read it, cover to cover. Besides, quitting feels more haunted—like unfinished business.
The day you're finished, of course you plan to watch it! The real question is, 1990 or 2017? The difference between the two is like night and day. Just peep out the soundtrack in the 1990 version.