Carrie by Stephen King

Synopsis:

The story of misfit high-school girl, Carrie White, who gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Repressed by a domineering, ultra-religious mother and tormented by her peers at school, her efforts to fit in lead to a dramatic confrontation during the senior prom.

A half of a girl's face is visible on the right side of the cover. Everything is seen through a blood red hue. Author: Stephen King, Title: Carrie. Below the title reads: Newly introduced by the author.Thank heavens that’s over.

So, not a fan. I’ve seen the old Carrie film with Sissy Spacek and I guess I liked it, but it didn’t leave a lasting impression either. Not the book though, the book is horrid.

Yes, the story is the same as in the film and I can appreciate the idea behind it, but the storytelling and writing are terrible. I was bored to tears reading this. It’s painfully obvious that a man wrote this because none of the women felt real. There was a distance that prevented any connection with the characters in the fictitious parts of the story. The rest, pseudo scientific and journalistic articles mimicking realistic reporting only added to the emotional disconnect. You could argue that the dispassionate approach enhances the horror of it, but it simply didn’t work for me.

Christine’s fate was unnecessary and felt almost like abuse porn rather than anything earned or important for her character development. I especially hated that her agency was denied in favour of propping up Billy Nolan as the big bad of the story.

It’s an old book and times have changed, just not enough. Please, let me never ever again read a man writing about menstruation.

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6 Responses to Carrie by Stephen King

  1. blodeuedd says:

    LOL! Now I wanna know what he wrote about menstruation

    • rameau says:

      It’s the trigger for Carrie’s telekinetic powers but it’s not the what, it’s the how that’s repulsive.

  2. heidenkind says:

    Bummer. I have actually neither read the book nor seen the movie. Now I know why…

  3. red witch says:

    I saw the Sissy Spacek movie. Sounds like the movie was better than the book. Doesn’t happen very often. I think Stephen King is a hack anyway. 🙂

    • rameau says:

      Yeah, I have to agree with that. If there’s anything be learned here, it’s that Stephen King’s work is best viewed through film or TV adaptations.

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