10 November 2012

Review: Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie by Stephen King

Published: 1974

Pages: 253 (paperback)

Genre/s: Horror

Source: Own Library

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Synopsis (Goodreads)

To be invited to Prom Night by Tommy Ross is a dream come true for Carrie - the first step towards social acceptance by her high school colleagues.

But events will take a decidedly macabre turn on that horrifying and endless night as she is forced to exercise her terrible gift on the town that mocks and loathes her...


My Thoughts

When I think 'Stephen King', one of the first things that springs to mind is Carrie (probably after Misery). It's been many years since I saw the movie (back in the olden days when we didn't have DVDs, only VHS), and there's a reason it's a cult classic.

But when it comes to the book, it's creepy in a different kind of way. More subtle, more tense and if I hadn't seen the movie before reading the book, more engrossing. Carrie is an easy girl to feel sympathy for, but a difficult girl to like - I wanted her to break out, to scream, to shout - but then again, when you've got the whole supernatural freaky power thing going on, why would you?

For me the let down was that I didn't feel creeped out by the book the same way as I did by the movie. In fact, I only managed to watch the movie once because it got so far under my skin. The book however, was just a creepy read - not spine-tingling-skin-crawling horror, but a more psychological kind of creep.

This is another book that the movie, quite simply, ruined for me. And one of the very very rare cases that I enjoyed the movie better.


12 comments:

  1. I need to read Misery! That movie freaked me out. I need to read Carrie, too. I feel so bad for her!

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    1. Misery was great - the movie was SO scary, and the book was too!

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  3. I totally agree with you. It is one of the few very rare times that the movie was actually better from the book. Still it got me under my skin so much but i dont want to read the book either the movie but i do remember it well!

    I wonder how the remake of it would be hmm!

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    1. True, there is a remake coming up! I'm pretty skeptical though, the original was so creepy!

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  4. I have to agree that the movie has more impact than the book. The remake is going to be very interesting I think. I'm not sure the sophistication of productions is going to do it any favors

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd out

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    1. I think it's going to be one where the original was better, just because it felt so real.

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  5. This is still the only King book I've read. I picked it up when I was in middle school I think, and I didn't even find it scary then. Mostly it felt dated and boring.

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    1. It was just...disappointing. I kept waiting for the scary to happen and nothing :(

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  6. i just got this one from the library. i haven't seen the movie in a long time but wanted to read this before the new version came out. i always try to read the book first when there is going to be a movie because i don't want to ruin it. but sometimes it just doesn't happen and then the book is disappointing. i felt that way with neil gaiman's stardust. i thought the movie was much better.

    thuy @ nite lite

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    1. I always try and read the book before the movie too, but in this case I'm glad I went the opposite way - if I'd read the book first I probably wouldn't have seen the movie.

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