The clarity with which Stephen King writes makes all the details clear in your mind in a way that you really don't need a movie to enjoy it (though I'The clarity with which Stephen King writes makes all the details clear in your mind in a way that you really don't need a movie to enjoy it (though I'm yet to see the latest 2013 movie of Carrie, and the old one(s) too). I love the way the same details are explained in the view-points of different characters, even ones that are barely a character in the major viewpoint of the story.
I like the way the novel is written - small snippets of mini-stories or events taken from viewpoints of different characters, and post-event snippets taken from fake books or articles, all integrated in a seemingly chronological manner. The overly detailed explanations, despite being great in its own way, might seem dragging just a teeny bit. But, overall I enjoyed the book a lot that I really look forward to watching the Carrie movies. Hopefully it stays faithful to the novel, even though I'm not really sure how it can include all the post-event snippets in the movie (maybe it's not, which would be a shame).
In my viewpoint, I think the whole point of the novel is to show the impact of what human ignorance and cruelty can do in a paranormal way, and how much people will tend to see things that happened by assigning some kind of logic to it, while making themselves believe in the ignorance of the existence of paranormal activities (which is true, but say it weren't).
EDIT: After watching the 1976 movie, then the 2013 movie... I feel like the newer movie was pretty much almost similar to the previous one - as far as the story goes. They were faithful to the book, but the storyline isn't what the book is excels in. There are numerous other factors - the main one being that the book isn't even chronological. It talks about the story that might or might not have happened in viewpoints of people in the timeline, or people, articles and journals (fake ones) from the future - just to lead to the end. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the movie - but I just don't think you'll enjoy the book after watching the movie....more
I knew, from the way the book was going, that it wasn't going to reveal anything until the end - and by anything, I literally mean it. Even includingI knew, from the way the book was going, that it wasn't going to reveal anything until the end - and by anything, I literally mean it. Even including things like 'where is this book actually heading' or 'how is all of this actually going to be relevant' - you can keep on adding.
Anyways, the reason I'm actually even considering this to be a favorite is the way it was written (the style, the character building, the very descriptive events that you could picture in your minds easily, and many many more), and honestly (and as funny and silly as it seems) this is my first Stephen King book (his latest book). And now I know why he's a legend. I'm going to read Carrie next, then IT, then ***.
As I don't really wan't to reveal any spoiler, I'll leave it to you - but just so you know, the suspense is really in the "what's actually the suspense?" style of writing....more
This is definitely a good eventful addictive quest-ridden three-character book, with loads of Greek and Roman mythology that I never knew, integratedThis is definitely a good eventful addictive quest-ridden three-character book, with loads of Greek and Roman mythology that I never knew, integrated into the current times.
But then, I wasn't really impressed with the slow character development which I feel is crucial to any book. You don't really feel connected to any of the characters, and because of the character viewpoint changing every 2 chapters, it feels like the story was adjusted to flow in a way so that it could be written like that. Also, I think there were too many events happening, each of which could even be written into a set of short stories because they don't seem connected. Not to mention that the entire story in the book happens in just 4 or 5 days.
But then, the book is part of a series, so I understand that it's too early for me to rate it. I'm yet to read the books that come next, which I will,soon. But as of now, this is my viewpoint, and I'm open to comments from other readers as well.
I just wish (and I think I'll actually do it before reading the sequel) that I'd read the Percy Jackson books before this. There are references to them in the book that I read (and probably in the future books), but that's not really the reason. I've heard from many sources that the Percy Jackson books were great, and also character-ridden in a better way. Also, and this is (or may be) just me, but I like read or watch books/stories/shows from the start to the end in an orderly fashion.
So if you ask me, I'll definitely recommend this book to everyone (especially if you like quick-paced books or like fantasy novels), but I think, starting with the Percy Jackson books might be a better idea....more