Better than the film. Carrie (1974) Review

Well, I finally read a Stephen King book and while I do have some issues with it I can definitely say that Carrie is a very effective story.

For those who’re unfamiliar with this horror classic the book tells the story of Carrie White, a high school student who, after being abused by her cruel classmates and fundamentalist mother, develops telekinetic abilities and begins to contemplate how and when to use them.

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This is one of my many expressions of satisfaction.

One thing that surprised me about Carrie was the complexity of the characters.

Now I’m not suggesting the characters are as complex as Hamlet but the cast doesn’t simply consist of gentle, good hearted students and monstrous bullies like you’d imagine in a high school story.

The best example is Sue Snell, a girl in the popular group of the student hierarchy.

She clearly feels sorry for Carrie and desires to make her time at school better but also to maintain her position in the hierarchy.

King gives these teenagers as much depth as most adult characters get in fiction. You never think he’s looking down on them as simple hormone-driven children.

However, not all the characters are as developed.

Chris Hargensen and Billy Nolan are, for the most part, the stereotypical popular high-school couple.

Chris is vicious, immature and a spoilt daughter of a lawyer while Billy is also vicious, selfish and occasionally violent towards Chris.

These characters can be forgiven as the other characters such as Tommy Ross, Carrie’s mother and Carrie herself are so well developed and make for a gripping read.

Overall Carrie is a solid book and I recommend it.

I give it a good 7 out of 10.

UPDATE: I’ve got a new video up! Its another Metalico, you can see it right here. In this one he talks about Donald Trump….I’ll just leave it there.

 

 

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