Today me and Liam are reviewing Carrie. A true Stephen King classic.
As always Liam will review the book of Carrie here and I will review the film over on Liam’s blog, which I will link at the bottom. Be sure to check out what I thought.
Here is what Liam had to say about the book:
Carrie (King, 1974)
With Halloween and the highly-anticipated remake both on their way, it felt appropriate to rediscover one of Stephen King’s most well known novels.
Carrie White is a girl raised by a devoutly religious Mother. Neighbours, friends, colleagues, and classmates ridicule and bully them. But Carrie has inherited telekinetic powers and, after years of repression, a traumatic experience in the high school showers unlocks them with devastating effect. I won’t post any spoilers here, just in case, but we all know what happens right?
One key aspect of the novel’s narrative that is somewhat neglected in the movie is the relationship between Carrie and her mother Margaret. King perfectly mixes a potent emotional cocktail and creates a compelling psychology that not only validates Carrie’s character (and her ultimate actions) but makes it an awfully good read. Margaret White is considered crazy, irrational, paranoid, and angry by the other characters and by us. We are meant to dislike her because we are meant to sympathise with Carrie.
Carrie is a victim of her environment, with her Mother as much a bully as Chris Hargensen. She is constantly penalised for trying to be normal, and perhaps there lies the crux of the story – Carrie is only happy when she abandons her fears and embraces who she really is. As she looked through the doors at her teenage cohorts, knowing what was to come of them, she was laughing. She was breaking off the shackles of expectation and taking control of her life, though she was probably quite overzealous about it.
Stephen King created a world in which the residents of Chamberlain were a collective Dr. Frankenstein and Carrie was their monster. This is not a tale of vengeance but of justice. We are allowed to think they had it coming to them, and we are allowed to feel sadness for Carrie. King has become the most famous horror writer in the world, and Carrie one of his most famous books, but it’s not a horror, it’s a psychological drama, and the detail he adds is remarkable. A scientist would probably decimate the factual accuracy of most of the supposed reports, but it’s believable enough to pull us in and that’s what matters.
This is one of the best books I have read for a long time and is exceptionally better than the film. And I like the film. Before I opened the cover (because not all of us have a Kindle you know) my friend warned me that it would be impossible to stop until it was finished. She was right.
Thank you Liam for you review, I’m so pleased you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Now to read my review you need to click here: