A Random Blog of Everything I like
For a beginner writer like me, Carrie is an inspirational book. Carrie was Stephen King’s first breakthrough. I remember reading about it in On Writing, SK was surprised when a publisher decided to buy his book. He had been living by selling short stories before Carrie was published.
I have seen the movie ages ago and didn’t know it was by SK, my first realization of SK’s work was when I saw Thinner. That movie fascinated me and made me wanted to know more about SK. I have forgotten the details and the full story of Carrie, all I could remember was it was about a girl who was the joke of the school, she ended up killing everyone in her school with her telekinetic power. Now that I have read the book, I wanted to see the movie again.
As I have said before, I always read introduction or afterword in SK’s books because SK always shared interesting bits about the book and he always wrote it as if he was talking directly to the readers. SK revealed that Carrie was written based on his school days. Back then, there was two girls who used to be the school’s laughing stock, SK never participated in torturing both girls but he didn’t do anything either…he was after all still a teenager.
I will not call either by her true name here; they were unfortunate in life and do not deserve to be chewed over, even in such humble introduction as this, in death. I will call one of them Tina White and the other Sandy Irving.
Neither girl -fortunately or unfortunately- had Carrie White’s wild talent. Neither made it through high school , nor saw the age of thirty.
Sometimes-quite often in fact- I wish that Tina and Sandy were alive to read it.
Or their daughters.
Carrie is a good book for high school students and teachers, the book might talk about revenge and murder but it also talked about the consequences of bullying. Fortunately, such act rarely, very very rare, happened in my schools. There was one incident at my previous school but teachers and staffs ended the action straight away. As a teacher, and used to be a student too, I never understand why students like to bully the one that looks different…it’s a ridiculous act.
Carrie was different because she had unusual mother. Parents often determined the behavior of their children. Carrie’s mother was what I like to call as religious freak, this kind of people always exist in any religion, whatever the religion is. Margaret believed that everything that related to lust is sinful. She often locked Carrie in the closet when Carrie had done something bad, bad in her own definition. Carrie must pray for her salvation in that closet. One day, when she was talking to her neighbor who was only wearing bikini, Margaret forced her to go to her closet. But Carrie refused to do so and ended up sending rain of stones into their house. She forgot about that as she grew up.
Carrie had her period, for the first time, at the age of 17. She knew nothing about menstruation and was laughed by other girls, they threw tampons and sanitary napkins at her. That incident was the trigger of all bad things that would soon befall upon Chamberlain, Maine.
One thing led to another, one nice girl was trying to help Carrie to atone her guilt while the other trying to ruin Carrie in the worst possible way. These two girls with different intention toward Carrie ended up making one hell of a mess. Carrie who had found out about her power could no longer stay still, she had to pay them all back to what they had done to her.
Carrie might not be a book with new kind of story, we can find many books about bullying…but for a first book, Carrie was really well done. I like the way SK inserted bits of newspaper articles, interviews and books written on Carrie’s incident. He made it as if the destruction of Chamberlain by Carrie White was a true event. Those inserted articles gave us interesting insight on the prom night incident. I also like how things related to Carrie’s ability were revealed little by little through those articles. I can see how a publishing company became interested with the book from a new writer like Stephen King.
Now…I am looking for the movie, I’d love to have another viewing of the movie. I hope I can find it.