Carrie by Stephen King

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Carrie White may be picked on by her classmates, but she has a gift. She can move things with her mind. Doors lock. Candles fall. This is her power and her problem. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offers Carrie a chance to be a normal…until an unexpected cruelty turns her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that no one will ever forget.Way more of a tragedy than a horror story, Carrie seeks to explore the life of a sheltered but also telekinetic young girl.


This wasn’t hard to get into: I’ve seen the movie and it began just like the movie. It dives right into the shower scene, when we first meet Carrie, and she first meets her period. What a sheltered and horrible life to be able to make it to your senior year without knowing about “becoming a woman.” Shocking for most, since we typically learn about that stuff in grade school now.

While she may be naive, Carrie is definitely not stupid. She realizes that she is a caged animal right at the beginning of the story, and progressively gets fed up with her controlling mother. Instead of real discipline, love or communication, Carrie gets thrown and locked in a closet that has been converted to a makeshift shrine so she can pray for forgiveness, no matter the sin. She practices her powers in private until her mind is strong. She stands up to her mother about going to the prom.

The mother Margaret White is a raving lunatic and a child abuser. She pushes the point when a person isn’t just religious anymore, when they cross the line into fanaticism and how the irrational can become rational. Women are sinners just for being alive in her opinion, and we should spend our entire lives begging for forgiveness for being born so wicked. When she puts her in that closet I Can’t. Even. That is almost the real tragedy of the whole story, is that if Carrie would have been born to a more understanding, accepting mother or family, than the entire scenario could have been avoided in my honest opinion.

The newspaper articles and book snippets were fun to read, it was a good addition and King’s way of delivering some extra need-to-know-information from before, during, and after the “event”.

I have in the past with books that I have read by Stephen King decided that the guy can’t write an ending to save his life. He supplies us with these sprawling stories that are supreme but the endings are weak. The ending for the book Carrie is my first exception to this rule; The ending was different from the movie, but I enjoyed it so much more. Some things in books need to be changed for cinematic reasons. I thought that the ending for the movie was fitting, very dramatic and cinematic.

In the end I liked it. I enjoyed it more than I thought that I would, seeing as how I have seen the movie a million times. It wasn’t even that hard to picture someone else as Carrie instead of just Sissy Spacek. It was incredibly close to how it was portrayed in the movie right up until she lost it at the prom. I am excited to move on to my next step on my King’s Quest, Salem’s Lot.

In my quest to find all things Stephen King and Carrie White, I learned that there is a deviant art page devoted just to works of Carrie. You can see it in all its glory at deviant art

Tumblr is also a great source of fan art, photos and gifs from the movies.

And last, but certainly not least, there is this snippet from The Guardian, which is actually from his book On Writing, in which Stephen King details of writing his first book.

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Sara is a book hobbit that lives in a house of all boys, located in the promised land. Books stack the walls to the ceiling in some places, and she just keeps adding more. She was raised on top of a mountain that is locked in the dead of winter ten months of the year. She wears a size eleven shoe and enjoys her chicken cooked on the BBQ grill. In addition to reading she enjoys pinning crafts on Pinterest that she will never make and watching movies about people with sad lives or documentaries about serial killers.

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