Carrie by Stephen King
Published by: Pocket Books
Genres: Adult, Horror, Paranormal
Date Read: 10/11/16
Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…
So this was my second Stephen King novel which I was a little bit disappointed with. Carrie is a 253 page book, telling the story of a young adolescent bombarded with the verbal torture and cruel tactics of fellow peers, not to mention religious corruption and abuse from her mother. But instead of being just another teen weighed down by the miseries of the world, Carrie has a gift that enables her to move objects by using the power of her mind.
I liked the writing style, the switch between perspectives and book entries was a great idea, although I wasn’t fond of the thoughts in brackets. King would utilize the little parenthesis internal dialogue he’s so fond of. I disliked when he did it here, though, because it was all run on and lowercase, and usually the internal thoughts were more annoying than dramatic. Also, there was quite a few spelling mistakes throughout the book.
The plot is a good one; it’s fascinating, revenge filled, and satisfies all the old hatred in any one who’s been victimized in high school. I have no objection to the story itself, for it is a story filled with dysfunction, social torture, mental isolation and torment, all real horrors people face on a daily basis. It also deals with the gift of telekinesis.
However, a good plot does make a good book. To be frank, direct, and brutally honest: I found Carrie to be boring. Not because of the story, no, and not because of characters, although they weren’t up to par in every way either, but because of the method it was told.
King almost constantly interjected into the story with passages from fiction works such as newspaper articles, books, and interrogations. These were to come after the disaster with the prom, when the story was publicized and Carrie White was made famous. King puts these passages in so often, that I couldn’t stay focused on reading. This method, while a unique one, had the side effect of bringing me out of the story often.
This was a difficult book to get through. The characters are well written to a degree. However, I stayed distant from them for the above mentioned reasons.