Book vs. Movie: Stephen King’s IT edition

As the saying usually goes, the book is ALWAYS better than the movie and this is no exception to the rule. In my journey preparing for the new adaptation of Stephen King’s IT I finished reading the massive book about a week ago and tonight I decided to watch the 1990 miniseries with Tim Curry and honestly, it’s not all its cracked up to be. Maybe it’s because I’m older and never watched it as a child, but it’s more corny and cheesy than scary. I know a lot of people rave about Tim Curry’s performance, but even his performance to me was really cheesy. It almost didn’t even creep me out. The one part that I did find creepy was when they were flipping through Mike’s old photo album when they were kids and the picture came to life and Pennywise came out of it, but other than that it didn’t terrify me. Like I said before though, maybe it’s because I’m older. On the bright side, I did enjoy the parts they kept faithful to the book like in the beginning with Mrs. Denbrough playing the piano or the epic rock fight when their group of six becomes the Lucky 7. I haven’t seen the new movie yet but I think this new movie is going to be way better. Just from watching the trailer you can tell that the tone is dark and I believe that they’re going to do a great job of building tension (which the miniseries doesn’t do a good job) and Bill Skarsgård’s look is just perfect. They do a really good job of playing up the childishness of Pennywise in his first appearance in the trailer. I’m extremely excited to see this movie and we only have 29 more days to go!

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Books bring imagination

One of the most incredible things to me is the way books can paint a pretty vivid picture in your head. I’m still in the middle of reading Stephen King’s IT and I am absolutely in love. King does an amazing job of building a scene for you. It’s no wonder that a lot of people described the book being a lot scarier than the movie. We have to realize that  what makes a book better than the movie no matter whether it’s a horror story or something else  is the fact that as readers we have to use our imagination. While watching a movie you’re not able to use your imagination. The scenes are force fed to us but reading the book creates a whole new experience for the reader. I have really been enjoying reading IT. It has definitely been an interesting experience. I still have a lot left to read. This book is massive, but I am looking forward to this journey leading up to the new adaptation coming out in September!

Update on Stephen King’s IT

Well, I’ve gotten into the book pretty well. I had written a previous blog about my initial thoughts on the book and the fact that I wanted to read it before the new movie comes out in September, and it’s going fairly well. This book is creepy beyond believe and very disturbing, but I was prepared for that. I had heard nothing but great things about the book. One common thread between the many comments that I read on the internet was that the book was scarier than the movie. That’s something that always amazes me. How can a book be scarier than a movie? A movie is something that you can visually see. You would think that being able to see something would cause more fear but that is not the case with Stephen King’s IT. King paints such a vivid picture…a vivid disturbing picture that takes the readers on a terrifying journey. Last night as I was reading before bed I came across a scene that was really disturbing and just threw me (I’m not giving any spoilers!). My mouth literally fell open and I was like “Did that just happen?!” It was crazy, but King is a magician when it comes to writing. He’s just that good. Well, so along as I go read some more before bed.