Carrie is a classic horror novel that even if you haven’t read the book or seen the infamous 1976 film you know what happens. Carrie White, school misfit and punching bag, gets her first period in the girls locker room and is ridiculed by her classmates and later by her overly religious mother who believes Carrie is full of sin. This ends up resulting in Carrie learning/remembering she has telekinetic abilities which she strengthens. Carrie later ends up being invited to prom, which is one she and pop culture will remember forever.
Carrie is a famous story for a number of reasons. For Stephen King himself it’s famous because after writing just a few pages he threw them out only for his wife to save them and urge him to continue which helped start his career. The original movie is known for being one of the best book-to-movie adaptions of King’s work and the just the mention of prom night and pig’s blood makes one think of Carrie. But reading it for the first time I also learned some interesting things:
- Carrie was published in 1974 but takes place in 1979 which would have been the near future. I know that that isn’t super cool now considering it’s 2019 but I just think it’s really cool that when people first read Carrie the book was set in the near-future, same with the movie.
- Carrie isn’t the thin, waif-like, and gentle girl that Sissy Spacek portrayed her as. She’s larger and unattractive and she’s angry, hurt, and tired of being everyone’s punching bag.
- The story is told through books, court hearings, witness testimonies, letters and Carrie’s own third person perspective I absolutely loved the unique way that the story was told.
Maybe I just really like his books about girls with psychic abilities who get revenge, maybe I should read his newest novel The Institute. Whatever I like to read really doesn’t matter though. What I do know is that Carrie is a classic. Even knowing the story you can’t help but be terrified by King’s novel and reader’s can’t help but feel sorry for Carrie who even in death is demonized and hated. Carrie is easily on the list of my favourite novels now and is a must-read for any long-time horror fan.
Publication: April 5th 1974
Pages: 304 pages
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Thriller
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤
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…