The Great Stephen King Re-Read: Carrie

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“…they came to see what happened to their town, to see if it was indeed lying burnt and bleeding. Many of them also came to die.”

Carrie, Stephen King

Carrie was Stephen King’s first novel and, by default, the novel that put him on the map. For a long time, it was also my least favorite King book, which caused me to look at any sort of reread of it with weariness.

When I first read the book, I was close to the same age as Carrietta White, the book’s titular character. As a result of this close age range, I found myself feeling nothing but loathing for many of the characters. From Carrie herself to those who bullied and taunted her to her abusive mother. It seemed that none of the characters could escape my distaste.

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