It, by Stephen King, is a horror novel, featuring the exploits of a group of children, who are terrorized by a ghastly being, which preys on the fears and phobias, so that it may disguise itself and hunt for more victims. Summary Of The Book It, takes places in the town of Derry, where an evil, shape shifting, child-murdering monster, dwells beneath the town’s sewers and storm drains. In 1958, seven children, who are part of The Loser’s Club, have terrifying encounters with “It”, which assumes the form of their deepest fears. The most horrifying form is that of a clown known as Pennywise. At the same time, the group’s bond deepens as a result of the constant attacks by Henry Bowers, a neighbourhood bully. The Loser’s Club decide to track down the monster and kill It. After eventually tracking it down, a battle of wills occurs called the Ritual of Chud. The group manage to hurt the creature badly. As they flee It’s lair, the group realizes that their collective power, which defeated the creature, was weakening. To remedy this, Beverly proceeds to strengthen the group’s bond. The group take an oath to return, should the monster return once more. Then the narrative jumps to 1985, where the murders are occurring once more. Mike Hanlon, the only Loser to have remained in Derry, is convinced that It has returned, and decides to call all the other Losers back, reminding them of their binding promise. By this time, each of the six children has grown into adulthood, and have forgotten about the trauma they experienced as children. All except for Stan Uris, who commits suicide, return to Derry and begin piecing their memories. At the same time, each start to have encounters with the monster. “It”, tries to work through Henry Bowers, who now resides in an asylum, to destroy the Losers. Bowers seriously hurts Mike, but the five remaining members manage to return to the sewers and destroy the evil creature for one last time. It, was a best selling novel in 1986, in the United States. It won the British Fantasy award in 1987. A television adaptation of the book was made in 1990, featuring John Ritter, and Annette O’Toole. In 2012, it was reported by the The Hollywood Reporter, that the book would be turned into a two part film by director Cary Fukunaga. About Stephen King Stephen King, is an acclaimed author, novelist, screenwriter, and director, who has published more than fifty novels and over two hundred short stories. Some other famous titles under his authorship include Carrie, The Shining, Misery, and The Dark Tower. King’s writing style is characterized by alternating narratives, and is narrated in a third person omniscient mode. He was born in 1947 in Portland, Maine. Stephen King has received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to literature. Some of these include the World Fantasy Award For Lifetime Achievement in 2004, and the Medal For Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He is married to Tabitha King, who also happens to be a writer, and they have three children.
It, from Stephen King, is the author’s nineteenth novel, which is based on horror-suspense theme. The story of this book was adapted for creating a famous the Hollywood horror movie named It. The book weaves a nail-biting story of a group of youngsters, who get trapped in the deadly circle of a child-killing monster. The book is the struggle of the youngsters to free themselves from the foreseen death, strategies they make, actions they take to make their plans work, and the final trial of getting rid of the unexplained entity killing everyone.
A group of youngsters titled themselves as The Losers, after being continuously bullied by a neighbour, Henry. The Losers group plans to fight against the child-killing monster and succeed to hurt the creature to a great extent too. But after dispersing, they realise that they have weakened themselves by not staying together and they no more possess enough power to face the monster who is looking out to kill them one by one.
They plan to strengthen the bond to fight the monster again. The story goes into the past to unleash the mystery of the killings, and comes back to find out how successful The Losers were in fighting the creature once again. By now this murderous creature has started his encounter with each one of them and each person has to not just escape their fear of being killed but also fight back to survive.
How many survive and how many die, who was this creature trying to kill these children, and what was the secret behind this series of revenge happening one after the other make this book a ground-breaking scary plot and an addictive read. Hodder & Stoughton published It in 2011 in paperback.
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