References to other books: None.
I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve read this book. I started reading him when I was in elementary school and while Misery was my first book of his, I’m pretty sure that Carrie wasn’t that far behind. I’m pretty sure that most girls can relate, at least a little, to Carrie. While yes, most of us don’t have mothers that are completely insane, I think most people do know how it feels to be bullied even though hopefully most of us don’t ever experience it to that extent.
While this is characterized as horror, as are all the movies based on it (the original, a sequel, one remake and another set to hit theaters later this year), I’ve always seen it more as a tragedy than anything else.
All Carrie wanted was to fit in. Or probably even more accurately, to just be left alone. And instead of that, she was ridiculed literally every day of her life. And unfortunately for everyone she had the power to fight back.
This is one of my favorites of Stephen King’s novels, although you can definitely tell that it’s his first book. Even so, it’s a good one. I’m excited to see the remake when it comes out.