What is It really about?
Stephen king honestly told what was his inspiration for creating the most terrible “horror” of all time.
How do you like this news? In his works, the famous writer relies on his own nightmares, random images, and urban legends. But the author’s most nightmarish creation appeared because of an old fairy tale.
“Count of three goats and a nasty Troll” is part of the folklore of Norway. The story of three little goats who could not cross the bridge to the other side. The reason is a creepy Troll that was sitting under the bridge. The simple plot is very clear: first the smallest kid tried his luck, then the middle one, and then the eldest-a Huge goat, the Count, who pushed the evil monster into the river. The end. It didn’t look like Pennywise’s hell-spawn who was stalking children.
But Stephen king was inspired by this fairy tale. He decided to expand the location, so instead of a bridge, a city appeared. What is usually found under cities? Pipes and sewers. And then a matter of technique-the author has worked with talent on the atmosphere of the fictional city of Derry, so that it turned into a dark, indifferent place. Here for many years a strong Evil has matured, and who will stand against it, will regret it. A small, sleepy suburb somewhere in America is a writer’s thing. Stephen king manages to play on the contrast of calm idyll and panic horror.
Why a clown? When the writer thought about what children are most afraid of, he immediately thought of clowns. He recalls that once, as a child, he flew in an airplane next to a man in a Ronald McDonald suit. At that moment, the only thought in his mind was that if the plane crashed, he would die with the clown.
Pennywise is a real Evil that usually turns into a clown. This image is considered one of the most eerie in world cinema and fiction. Stephen says that he wanted to make It the most terrible, disgusting, scary creature that will only generate fear.
And he completely succeeded. If the book is not very scared, you can watch the movie “It”. Two film adaptations were made based on the novel, in 1990 and 2017. For fans of the new version, the good news is that the second part of the film will be released in September 2019.