Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today for our final thoughts on Stephen King’s IT and all things clown-ish. I’m sure those of you who abstained from the book and the noses are breathing a huge sigh of relief.
To be honest, I’m kinda sad it’s all over. No more Crazy Clown Posse. *sniff* You guys were The Best! But! We’ll all be back next year to read The Shining? Right?? I think that one might be scarier, because I’m not going to be able to remove the image of Jack Nicholson from my brain, and he already scares the crap out of me when he’s playing unpossessed characters. (“You can’t handle the truth!!” Eep. No sir, I can’t.)
Anyhoosie. Below are my final thoughts on the IT, with major spoilers. Read at your own risk. (Also, I compare IT to The Stand a lot…because it’s the only other King novel I’ve got to compare it to. Or, you know, compare IT to.)
I still contend that The Stand was scarier, if only because I think something like that could happen. On the other hand, what are the chances that a clown will talk to me through a toilet? I’m pretty confident that answer is none. So. No doubt about it…sneezing is much scarier than clowns.
Also, I was kinda bored for 800 pages. Okay, so not ALL 800 pages. But it took until somewhere around page 800 before I hit the “don’t wanna stop reading and go to bed and you can’t make me” mark. And then I really did stay up too late on a work night just to finish.
In general, the characters in IT were less annoying than those in The Stand. But I would’ve been quite happy without Stan and Richie. And the Turtle. Also, without Stan and Richie, the book would’ve only been, ohhhh, maybe 800 pages? And I wouldn’t still be wondering what the whole point of including Stan was, when he freakin’ dies so early in the story (although, yeah, that death was creepy).
And I like history, but some of the old Derry history was a bit much. Mike’s a crappy historian, because I couldn’t remember squat. Except for The Black Spot. But that’s only because Mike’s dad told that story.
Mike’s dad! I loved Mike’s dad! Mike, on the other hand, bored me after awhile. He was too rambly in his Interludes. And it took me too long to figure out that it was him even doing the Interludes. And when he was with The Losers, he seemed to get lost. I usually forgot he was even there.
The juvenile orgy totally skeeved me out. Could’ve done without that one, thankyouverymuch. And okay, it wasn’t an orgy. It was a mystical experience to bring them all closer together. It was still skeevy.
The Turtle was a major disappointment. For all that he was supposed to be some sort of Big Deal, he was a bit of a wuss. I mean, how many times did we get a mention of The Turtle, like he’s gonna be Mighty Mouse (you know…here he comes to save the day!)? And in the end, he’s all ho-hum, I think I’ll die, you’re on your own.
IT, on the other hand? Yowza. I’m not getting why people are all freaked out about clowns after reading the book. It’s the spiders you gotta watch out for. Especially when you go to bed and feel something in the sheets with you. Or you look up at the ceiling and there’s one right above your head. There is NO WAY I am watching the IT video, because my imagination is plenty vivid, I don’t need to see that Thing on a screen.
Reading (or, in my case, listening to) 11/22/63 immediately after IT is a must. Because there is some serious time in Derry, a few months after the whole clown shit goes down. We get a brief glimpse of Richie (and holy hell are those voices annoying…you’ll be glad to know he’s still getting beep-beeped) and Bev, and mention of Patrick’s death, and cameos by many of the shopkeepers (Mr. Keene=total ass). And the description of the town and the general mood slays me. For example: Derry is “marginally more appealing than a dead hooker in a church pew.”
The return of Bev’s husband wasn’t as scary as I expected. Although it’s good to know he got his.
Did I mention that the juvenile orgy skeeved me out? I really, really wish King hadn’t gone there. Also, Bill and Bev’s one night stand? Ummm, no. I really don’t think sex was necessary to save the world. Or even bring the last of the memories back. The kids (and adults) were doing fine without it.
I loved the fact that the town is slowly disappearing into a giant sinkhole. Good riddance.
I’m sad that I didn’t listen to it, because 1) it sounds like it was amazing in audio and 2) Steven Weber? Are you kidding me?? My brain just can’t go there.
This is also one of my R.I.P. reads.
And it also works for The Stephen King Project!
So. For those of you that stuck it out, what did you think? Or, if you gave up, why? And if you’ve written up your thoughts, don’t forget to link up below! (And you don’t have to link up today…any time is good. Just try to get it done before next year. Because we are so on for the #shineon!)