October 15th, 2017


There is horror in violence & torture....obviously...and yet. SPOILERS

Let’s talk about the insane levels of highly detailed violence and torture that abound in IT. And much, if not all, of the detail is emotional rather than physical, insomuch as its fictionalized violence and the resultant injury is inflicted on the reader. At what point does torture porn become masochistic to the reader who sujects herself to truly disturbing violence? At what point does it shift from vital to the story to gratuitous? What does King lend to this violent story that makes the reading compelling and does it ultimately add value/worth to the overall effect of the massive undertaking of reading the novel?

We have the purveyors of violence:

Alvin Marsh
Tom Rogan
Patrick Hockstetter
Henry Bowers
Butch Bowers
Richard Macklin

And essentially, they are all abusers of children, women, animals. (IT and Patrick, however, are monsters.) One begins to wonder after being subjected to relentless scene after scene of domestic abuse, if that might be the underlying story/moral/point of the novel. Abuse of the innocent. Torture and death of the innocent. IT feeds on children in some sort of evil conduit of energy to power the dark macroverse, but the fathers/stepfathers in IT also feed a dark reality in the legacy they each leave with their fists and words and deeds.

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