I knew about Stephen King, I’m almost positive that I saw It when I was young (and I mean very young) and was scared of clowns for a while. A couple of years ago I got an e-reader and read ‘The long walk‘. After that, I barely thought about Stephen King or the fact he wrote books. Why? Not because I didn’t like ‘The long walk’, because I did. Horror, however, is normally not my genre. I once watched a movie about those snakes that rattle their tails and didn’t sleep for weeks. Turns out it was a comedy (does anyone know a comedy about rattlesnakes? All I remember is someone trying to be safe on top of a table, but the snake could climb as well).
Carrie is about a teenage girl, faith and bullying. It shows how neglect, bullying and pushing your own ideas upon someone can have disastrous effects. Carrie‘s raised by her irrationally fanatic believing mother and because of their fanaticism in their faith, they’re outcasts and Carrie is bullied relentlessly. As result, Carrie is pushed to her limits and when pushed to your limits, extreme actions seem like the only possibility. And where have we seen that in (recent and not so recent) history?
What I loved about the book is the way the world builds. The characters are believable, with their own personalities and dreams. They’re written to perfection. Carrie is the poor, suppressed soul, her mom is the fanatic believer turned abusive in her faith, Sue is a typical, slightly naive schoolgirl, and Chris is your typical Regina George. However, during the course of the story, these rolls are altered, they become more human. Sue turns out to have a moral fiber in her and understands actions – reaction. Chris is still Regina George with a rich daddy, but you’ll start to feel somewhat sorry for her as well. Carrie is not just poor and tortured, but mostly just very scared. Trying to find her life and live it, but never manages to catch up. I was really rooting for her.
“Nobody was really surprised when it happened, not really, not on the subconscious level where savage things grow.”
Slow start, flashing finish.
After I got to know her, that is. The story starts slow, with an article from a newspaper. Since I’m not familiar with the citation of newspapers, and part of that citation was ‘me’, so I assumed it was Carrie talking about a newspaper article about her. It was not. So that was confusing for the first couple of pages. However, once you get used to this the story reads quite nicely. The clippings from an article about Telekenises give some background and perspective, as the story actually happened in the past.
It shows what has happened after Carrie lost it, and how telekinesis is genetically embedded in some people. It gives some insight into what happens with Sue and how she deals with it and raises some questions about who’s actually guilty.
All in All
Carrie is not a jump-scare horror story but leans more towards the psychological horror instead. The story is still relevant since in the world we live in right now there are a lot of people suppressed and kept down. Currently, some have been pushed too far and, unlike with Carrie and Sue, people don’t see (or want to see) how their actions have influenced the current affairs. The novel is written in 1974 but can still be applied to modern times. Except that there are no cell phones or internet featured in the story.