It was actually about two weeks ago that I finished Carrie, but I haven’t had time to get into a DEAR time post about it. I picked Carrie to read after The Casual Vacancy because it was basically the opposite: quick, easy, light. And also because I’m so insanely excited about the upcoming remake of the Carrie movie. I love the 1976 film because it’s great kitschy fun, but a few years ago, I learned how different it is from the book and have wanted to read it ever since. This new film looks like it will follow the book more; if you’ve read it, you’ll be able to tell that from the teaser trailer and poster alone. Seriously. I can’t wait.
I’m always totally surprised by Stephen King books, and I think all the films that have been made of his books in the past have really done him a disservice as a writer. They always end up making these corny movies, or try to fit a long book into a short movie and have to trim it down way too much (I’m lookin’ at you, The Shining). When I read Stephen King, I’m always kind of bummed out by those movies, and wish they would just stop it and let the books be good. Horror may not be everyone’s thing, but there’s a reason he’s a bestselling author a bizillion times over.
Anyway, I loved-loved-loved Carrie so much and found it so much more interesting than the old movie. That movie is all about a girl who just wants to be pretty and liked and popular and wear lip gloss, like all girls do really (sarcasm implied), and it all just gets a bit out of hand. Wowee, is Carrie a more interesting character in the book. It’s all about power, who wields it over who (or is it whom?!), how to use it, how to take it away, what it takes from you. Funny, they’re themes not unlike those in Buffy, another of my most favorite things of all time.
This was also the first book I’ve read on my Kindle (bought secondhand from a friend a few months back) and I loved it so much. I know people have been hearting their Kindles for ages now and I’m way behind the times, but I am now totally driving the bandwagon. I could swear it makes me read faster, though I’m not sure that even makes sense, and I’m already excited to save space on less physical books in the house. I love you so much, books, but a girl’s gotta have room for yarn, too.
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