The following is in response to Carrie, the debut novel of Stephen King.
Carrie is the tenth book that I read this year, and let me assure you it has been a long time coming. If you have read any of Stephen King’s books, I urge you to read Carrie. It is his first published book and boy did he start his career off strong with this one! Everyone knows the story of King’s Carrie—after completing the novel, the author threw the draft in the trash. Thank God his wife Tabitha had more confidence in his writing than he had himself, because she fished it out of the trash and now it is an american supernatural-horror staple. A lot of King’s books have been adapted into films. Carrie was so influential that it got two movies, the original starring Sissy Spacek in 1976 and a reboot in 2013 starring Chloë Moretz.
Putting the story aside, one of the interesting features of this book is that it is more than just a narrative about this troubled girl with telekinetic powers. King gives us a taste of what happens after Carrie has destroyed the town of Chamberlain with reports from scientists on her and her abilities. There was also a “white committee”, a report following the deaths of the four hundred people in the town conducted after congressional hearings to make sure that no one else has the powers that Carrie had. In the realm of the story, Carrie was not just another crazy story—she rocked the world with her powers.