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  • wuntyate 22 Jul 2016 14:07:20 14,926 posts
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    Henry Bowers was far more menacing than Pennywise ever was. Pretty sure there is a point in the books where he borderline rapes one of the boys in his gang. Far more interested in the casting of Bowers than Pennywise tbh.
  • Dougs 22 Jul 2016 14:11:28 94,595 posts
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    wuntyphyve wrote:
    Actually worked really well in the book though.

    The miniseries, er, less so.
    I dunno, I was still pissed off. It worked better though, definitely. The series is weird - 1st half, cracking coming of age stuff. 2nd half was mostly garbage.

    Edit: Just seen DG's post. Didn't know that

    Edited by Dougs at 14:12:21 22-07-2016
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 22 Jul 2016 14:13:24 25,562 posts
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    That new Pennywise looks shit. Is anyone decent involved with this new one?
  • UncleLou Moderator 22 Jul 2016 14:14:30 40,158 posts
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    Dgzter wrote:

    I think one of King's greatest achievements is his ability to capture that 1950s small town American feel, particularly from a young adolescent point of view. The sections in IT which deal with the protagonists when they are children have always stuck with me: incredibly evocative.
    Yes, absolutely this. Sometimes when I read Stephen King, I remember wishing he wouldn't write horror stories at all, but "normal" novels.

    I barely remember the horror in It, but I have vivid images in my head how the town looked - and I read that book 30 years ago.
  • RichDC 22 Jul 2016 14:14:43 8,875 posts
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    Hmm, Skarsgard's description of what he's going to do with Pennywise does not fill me with confidence.
  • Dougs 22 Jul 2016 14:19:26 94,595 posts
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    Yep, agree Lou and Dgzter. It's a real skill that King has. It's a shame some books tail off...
  • Humperfunk 16 Aug 2016 13:20:11 8,196 posts
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    Humperfunk wrote:
    Still need to get round to It. Read a good 15 or so of his books but that and Misery are still on the list.

    Might make one of those my next one! The Stand took me fucking ages, with good reason as it's a big book!
    Boof, just finished Misery (left my Kindle in Italy so delayed me somewhat, got it back yesterday) - absolutely superb!

    Think a shortish book by another author then may read It.
  • Godofporn 6 Sep 2016 09:48:04 6,832 posts
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    Funny this has been bumped aa I'm reading Mr Mercedes, so far it's really good.
  • Humperfunk 6 Sep 2016 09:53:24 8,196 posts
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    @Adam-Masters Good shout mate - I actually went for It in the end - about 8% through according to the ol' Kindle and absolutely loving it :)
  • Not-a-reviewer 6 Sep 2016 09:56:40 6,306 posts
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    There's a crime trilogy now, Mr Mercedes is the first of them.

    He writes faster than I can read them while catching up on the good old ones.
  • DaM 6 Sep 2016 10:37:07 17,459 posts
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    I'm going to have to catch up on all his recent stuff. Loved him as a kid, but hadn't read anything since. Recently read 11/22/63 and really enjoyed it. Think I read Cell too, liked that.
  • Godofporn 6 Sep 2016 11:16:15 6,832 posts
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    It really is a good book so far. Yeah it's a trilogy.

    He writes so quick that I'm thinking how does one human come up with it.  It's super fast.

    Great author
  • ozthegweat 6 Sep 2016 14:51:21 2,535 posts
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    Doesn't the end of IT in the book have all the boys sleep with the girl to escape whatever they are caught in? I always thought that was very strange, and not in a good way.
  • RichDC 6 Sep 2016 14:53:14 8,875 posts
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    Yeah. It's err... weird.
  • DaM 6 Sep 2016 15:46:47 17,459 posts
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    At the time of reading, I was probably the same age, so it was fine :)
  • ozthegweat 6 Sep 2016 17:14:40 2,535 posts
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    A horde of boys sextuple-teaming a girl without protection is not how I would solve the challenge they were posed at the end, and more importantly the story gives no justification why that should be the solution.

    But oh well, King is a tormented man with a disturbed mind, and writes books as his own therapy. But he's still my favourite author.
  • wuntyate 6 Sep 2016 17:22:34 14,926 posts
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    It was something symbolic about the loss of innocence and also deepening their bond and the pact that they would have for the rest of their lives. I can't remember but Bev's relationship with her father probably had something to do with it as well, maybe she wanted to control her own loss of innocence and it was her exerting her power. Dunno, it's been a long time since I read It. The whole story is about corruption of innocence and sexual awakening so I can see what he was maybe going for.

    I don't personally think it worked either though. Too far Stephen. Too far. That and Henry Bowers getting wanked off by another boy in the junkyard were probably my major WTF moments in that book.

    Oh, and for Kings homage to Lovecraft, read "Crouch End" in Nightmares and Dreamscapes. I love that short story.

    Edited by wuntyphyve at 17:23:34 06-09-2016
  • swede 6 Sep 2016 18:19:52 581 posts
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    @Godofporn Me too, great book so far. Just over half way for me. It's a damn cliche but he has a knack of creating amazingly lifelike characters. Brady is fucking awesome.
  • Mola_Ram 4 Apr 2017 02:45:48 23,974 posts
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    I'm reading 11/22/63 at the moment. It's got an interesting sort of premise, though I do find it slightly ridiculous how gung-ho the main character is about time travelling and drastically changing past events.

    "Oh yeah, sure, I'll leave everything behind, time travel to 1958, save some people and live there for 5 years to stop the Kennedy assassination. What could possibly go wrong? Sign me up!"

    And he seems actually surprised when things don't turn out so well.


    But anyway, it's still rather good.
  • Deleted user 4 April 2017 14:18:56
    Rewatched the 1990 It movie over the weekend.

    Even though it's very shit in a lot of ways, I'm still convinced it will be better than the new one. It got Pennywise very, very right in a way the trailer for the new one doesn't. Just looks like another Conjuring movie to me.
  • JYM60 4 Apr 2017 14:25:43 18,479 posts
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    Mola_Ram wrote:
    I'm reading 11/22/63 at the moment. It's got an interesting sort of premise, though I do find it slightly ridiculous how gung-ho the main character is about time travelling and drastically changing past events.

    "Oh yeah, sure, I'll leave everything behind, time travel to 1958, save some people and live there for 5 years to stop the Kennedy assassination. What could possibly go wrong? Sign me up!"

    And he seems actually surprised when things don't turn out so well.


    But anyway, it's still rather good.
    Yeah, it's a bit dumb and unrealistic. Loved that book though.
  • wuntyate 4 Apr 2017 15:00:46 14,926 posts
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    @GarlVinland I dunno, the more I watch the trailer the more I like it. I've gone from being very apprehensive to being really excited. I only recently just finished a reread of the novel and it's not perfect itself. Quite hyped really. I like the fact that Patrick Hockstetter is in it this time. I'm hoping we'll see Henry Bowers as fucked up as he should be, and not just a one dimensional menace like the miniseries. I'm also hoping for some of the more macabre elements from the book (the kitchener ironworks explosion for example) to work their way into it, and to see more of just how rotten Derry is. The cast look good and the cinematography and sound, even in the trailer, were very impressive.

    So yeah.

    Tim Curry's Pennywise though...will take some beating.

    Edited by wuntyphyve at 15:03:57 04-04-2017
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 4 Apr 2017 15:05:10 25,562 posts
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    You see Pennywise for all of 2 seconds in the trailer. Not sure how you can make a decision from that.
  • wuntyate 4 Apr 2017 16:29:46 14,926 posts
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    Yeah. Not even heard him speak yet.

    I think it will be great. I dont think I have ever watched a trailer this much before.
  • Dougs 4 Apr 2017 18:00:18 94,595 posts
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    It'll be the same as the other one. Cracking first half when kids. So-so second and you can't change that ending...
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