This weekly feature is hosted by Renee(Its Book Talk). Throwback Thursday offers a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we are finally getting around to reading that were published over a year ago.
About the Book
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…
Carrie is my second book by Stephen King. I didn’t know what to expect when I decided to read it. I am not really a fan of horror so that made me a little worried because the book is categorized as horror. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
Carrie tackles the theme of bullying and religion. As mentioned in the blurb, Carrie was bullied in high school. There are some scenes that were shocking and devastating illustrating just how mean the kids were to her. Carrie’s mum is a religious fanatic. She is equally mean to her daughter using religion as a guise. King does an excellent job tackling these themes and bringing the characters alive through the story.
The narrative style was a little confusing at first. It contains different elements such as police interviews, witness accounts, first person POVs by different characters and all these are interspersed throughout the book. However, once I got the flow, I was able to enjoy the book even more. The narrative style makes it seem like a real, historical event being documented instead of a fictitious story.
Carrie is a fairly short book with only 190 pages. Although, categorized as horror, It wasn’t scary for me. The destruction and imagery towards the end definitely presents some really creepy scenes though. However, I think this may be scarier as a movie than a book.
I liked how King covered the different themes though. One of the sentences that stood out for me was, we were just kids… This was said by one of the high school students who bullied Carrie. It made me think about bullying. I mean, do the perpetrators even feel guilty later on? Do they realize the effect of their actions on the victims? Do they regret later on in life? Or do they justify it as, just being kids? Carrie by Stephen King is an emotional, thought-provoking read. It was King’s first book and his writing skills definitely shone through the chapters. I can’t wait to read Green Mile soon.
Have you read this book? Are you a fan of Stephen King? Which of his books would you recommend to a reader like me who is not very familiar with his works?