3.5 STARS (Closer to 4 stars)
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.
So I saw the new It movie when it came out, not because I was a big fan of the original miniseries. In all honesty, I find it to be more funny than scary… I praise Tim Curry but, dear God, he was not scary at all. As for the new one, I still didn’t find it scary but there were images that was creepy as well as certain older men characters that gave me the creeps with their liking of underage little girls… Anyway, I liked it! I’m a big fan of movies involving a gang of young people who are misfits and battle agains some evil. The young actors were great! They were likeable and well directed. The new Pennywise was more scary than Mister Curry was, the costume was better (I mean come on, Tim Curry was not a scary clown) and the acting a little less childish, it gave him more depth and creepiness to him. He is also a really hot guy in real life… (Not in the costume!! I meCome on!!)
So because of the movie I was more inclined to read the book!
The book well, the book was different… Not a bad different but different. The major difference between the 2017 movie and the novel is the action doesn’t place in the same era. The movie takes place in the 80s and in the novel, the kids are from the 50s. I thought it was a good change for the movie since people today relate more to the 80s era. As for the novel, the time it took place didn’t add anything or took anything, it was just that. The story was really interesting and some parts were actually creepy. The idea behind the mystic killing clown and the cursed city is amazing and transfer well on paper.
It was my first Stephen King book and I’ve been told that his stories tend to drag a little. Boy, were they right! It is a long novel, close to 1400 pages and I understand why. King loves to describe EVERYTHING!! When the characters were telling their stories, inside the story there would be another story that tells another story… Story-ception! It kinda was not necessary to explain everything that was explained in the novel in my opinion.
As it will probably happen in the next It movie, I pretty I will like more the child part than the adult one. And it is exactly what happens for the novel. I found myself waiting for the next part where it would involved the kids instead of the adults… I found them more likeable to read and more interesting in every aspect.
There were some creepy parts that gave the book it’s appeal for horror as well shock factors.(SPOILERS!!!! The orgy per example…) I was not expecting those scenes and it was a good surprise. I know it’s something that’s suppose to shock the reader and it’s exaclty what it did to me!
In general to book is fine! I liked it for the most part, but was way too long…