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Review: Carrie

28 Nov

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  • Title: Carrie
  • Author: Stephen King
  • Publisher: Doubleday
  • Genre: Supernatural Horror

The story of misfit high-school girl, Carrie White, who gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Repressed by a domineering, ultra-religious mother and tormented by her peers at school, her efforts to fit in lead to a dramatic confrontation during the senior prom.

Okay, I have a confession: This is the first Stephen King novel I have ever read. What kind of bookworm am I, when I have never read King before? Well, it’s never too late, is it? I was surprised to find out that this was also King’s first published novel, and might I say, if authors get better over time, I can’t imagine how amazing his more recent works are, because I absolutely loved this book.

I’ll admit, I was only interested in this book because Chloë Grace Moretz stars in the film adaption, but I do not regret reading it for this reason at all. I did end up reading after all, didn’t I? Carrie is exactly my kind of novel – outcast teenagers developing supernatural powers and going crazy? I think yes. I am drawn to the darker worlds of fiction revolving around teenagers.

I felt a real connection to Carrie. I know the feeling of being an outcast, and as a kid I often wished I had superpowers to take revenge on the people who treated me badly. Hell, I still do sometimes. And that is exactly what scared me most during this story. I felt like Carrie, the girl who goes insane because no one treats her like another human being. I think that is what is the most terrifying aspect of this novel.

I have no idea why I have never read this, or any other Stephen King novel before, but I am sure as anything going to get my hands on a few more of his works. I absolutely adored Carrie, and I can’t wait to read more like it.

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What’s next?

Now that I have read Carrie, I can watch the film adaption (released in Australia today!) and write my first Page to Screen post! I watched the 1976 adaption, and loved that, so we’ll see how a more modern version goes. Hopefully, I’ll get to see it in cinemas sometime soon, but that could still be awhile away.

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