Almost half a century later, Stephen King’s “Carrie” remains a must-read for any fan of supernatural horror. First published in April 1974, the novel received favorable reviews from critics for its memorable story, important themes, and overall disturbing nature.
The iconic story follows 16-year-old Carrie White, who has been bullied and belittled by her peers. Not only is she constantly bullied at school, but she also lives with her violent and very religious mother, Margaret. Carrie also harbors telekinetic powers which she has slowly developed over time.
Although the book is primarily told through a linear third-person narrative, it will often switch to various perspectives that unfold in the future of the story. This form of storytelling contains manuscripts, diaries, and autobiographies of former survivors. The Foreshadowing and Buildup of the Event and What Happens Afterwards is extremely captivating and gives additional details about the relevant characters.
Many different themes are prevalent throughout the story, such as ostracism, revenge, and how his actions will bring out pain and suffering. The plot mixes horror and gothic fiction with elements of a coming-of-age story and how young people are often more vicious and less morally empathetic.
The character Sue Snell feels sympathy for the unpopular and shunned Carrie, and wants to help her by performing an act of kindness, but in doing so she is the catalyst for the widespread destruction that is occurring. Now the once-popular Sue is shunned by those around her.
The strong sales and success of “Carrie” sparked King’s storied career as a world-renowned horror novelist. The book is also notable for being one of the most frequently banned books in American schools due to its disturbing and controversial content.
“Carrie” has received various adaptations over the years, including a 1976 film adaptation directed by Brian De Palma. The original 1974 novel is worth checking out for longtime Stephen King fans or those who want to start reading his material.