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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
8:38 am
old vs new

Has anyone ever tried to read both versions of The Stand at once?

Thursday, November 30th, 2006
8:06 am
Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
9:48 am
Saturday, November 18th, 2006
12:02 pm
Sunday, November 12th, 2006
1:15 pm
Carrie - My Thoughts
I guess this could be considered an introductory post to this community... I think this is an awesome place for us Constant Readers. This will probably help motivate me to read some of his novels I haven't gotten to yet when those are chosen for the month.

Carrie is one I have read and enjoyed. At the time that I read it, I wasn't too keen on giving immensely deep thought to the books I liked. I got enough of that "what is the theme and/or symbolism here?" crap from my English teacher. I agreed whole-heartedly with Bill Denbrough when he asked, "why can't a story just be a story?" Said all that to say that none of this is probably going to be very deep.

King seems to be fascinated with the kid that doesn't fit in. In later novels, these characters became less apt to hurt those around them and actually become the heroes (IT). And this was actually not his first skirmish with the idea of a violent teen (Rage), but it can't be denied that he definitely did something different here. As much as I said I wouldn't go into theme and symbolism... Female empowerment and the frightening transformation that puberty brings (especially for women with the blood and pain and whatnot) is personified in the title character. Stephen King himself even cited that he tried to bring the blood related scenes to the forefront when he realized what a strong symbol that was (On Writing). I can appreciate straightforward symbolism at least. ;)

I found this story very tragic. It was almost as though Carrie never had a chance. Her mother was insane, she was awkward socially, she was gaining powers she didn't understand and couldn't control, and none of the other kids liked her at all. Talk about a recipe for disaster. Yet like most of his stories, it went out with a bang. Again, something else I could appreciate.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Friday, November 3rd, 2006
11:38 am
what's bothering me
Should we vote for another book?
Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
7:29 am
MISTAKES in Carrie
I found this and it seemed interesting. I'm putting it behind a cut in case someone doesn't want to stumble on a Carrie spoiler. 

2:00 am
Hi guys! I think this is a good idea! :) I haven't actually read Carrie but I will see if I can get my hands on it this month.

My suggestion to facilitate discussion is if we come up with some "reading group" questions. They can be generic (e.g. "how does the style compare to later King novels?") and also specific (so probably best written by someone who has read the book). What do you all think?

Anyway, to introduce myself, I'm Rachel. I'm 24 and from the UK, and have read a lot of King's works. In fact, I ration myself now because I'm afraid I'm going to read them all and Stephen will *actually* retire instead of just pretending to! For instance, I've had Misery on my shelves for ages but I'm saving it up for a treat.
Sunday, October 29th, 2006
8:50 am
About Carrie
This book holds a special place in my heart for more than one reason.

1. I was about ten when I bought my first used copy at a bargain fair for 25¢. I only bought the book because my name is "Carrie" (spelled the same way).

2. It was the first Stephen King book I ever bought, so I started out in the right place :P

3. He mentions my hometown in the end (I was ten - I thought everyone lived in Kenosha, WI)

I spent my life being compared to Carrie White because I happened to have the same name as her. People still do this to me and I'm in my thirties (born one year after the book came out)! I tried in vain to develop my telekinetic powers, but to no avail. I just can not move things with my mind.

And to the mod(s):
Thanks for starting this community! I plan on putting something in my userinfo to pimp it a little bit. Do you have (or need) any graphic buttons we can use? I am also a layout designer, if you want something special for the community let me know!
1:07 am
This in the category of "The movie vs. the book."

Most of the time, I'm extremely pro-book and anti-movie. The one thing that I liked a lot in the (original) movie is that she kills her mom by imitating the wounds on her Jesus statue. I thought that was very poignant and true to the theme. Other than that, though, I hated the movie with a passion. :P

Did anyone see the TV remake with Angela Bettis? I liked it a lot except for the screwy ending. I think I liked the part with the White Commission best, because they left that out of the first movie.
Saturday, October 28th, 2006
5:01 pm

Okay.... Carrie it is. 

Anyone object?

Let's see... um, how should we do this? For the next month we talk about Carrie. 

Carrie movie vs book.
Carrie theories.
Would you want Carrie's power?
What did you love?
What did you hate?
Whatever you want. 

If you want to talk about the ending, please put in a cut. This should go without saying, right?

This is the first one, so I'm not sure what is a good way to start this out. I'll give you some time to go buy it (I have found that you can find it at 
any thrift store for less then a buck. Libraries are also a good way to go. I think I have two! Somewhere.

Any suggestion on how to make this more fun welcome. You can also email me personally  if you want to say something privately at: littleduckies@hotmail.com.

Friday, October 27th, 2006
7:15 pm
First Entry, yo

So, here it is. The Stephen King book of the month club. First order of business??? Pick a book.

The vote is on.

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