I really loved reading through Carrie back in September, so I really have no excuse for why on earth it took me soooooo long to post my final thoughts on the discussion questions.
My apologies to Kate but thank you for hosting such an awesome readalong!
1. If you've seen the movie, how did the book compare?
I have seen the movie, although I don't remember it as well as I remember most movies. I do remember a "gotcha" moment at the end that I was wondering how it would work in the book. But honestly I think I liked the style of the book way better and I secretly hope that when they remake the movie they make it closer to the documentary style of the original book. Like Alpha Dog or The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
2. Carrie: Victim or Villain?
I do think that she was victim of some pretty horrific treatment. But I do think that she was a villain because she allowed her power to overtake her and she acted out in a way that was unacceptable. I mean sure, we read a book where someone stands up for themselves by killing their classmates and we almost want to say that Carrie was a bad ass and the other kids deserved it. But when that stuff happens in real life we say that there is nothing someone can do or say to you to justify that kind of an extreme reaction.
3. If you had TK powers what would you do with them?
I would definitely use them to clean and turn things on and off that are just out of my reach. But I would also be sitting there yelling out "Lumos!" for all to hear me while I'm doing it so that they would think I had mad wicked wizarding powers instead of just regular ordinary TK powers.
4. The Wreckage talks about the demise of the town. I've noticed the theme of SK's setting as a character in other works. What are your thoughts on this?
I don't read enough SK to comment, but I can definitely see the appeal of setting a book in a small town. Eighty kids die in a town like NYC or LA, that is tragic, sure. No one would deny that. But if those kids die in a small town, every single family is affected, people move away, families break apart, there is no way for a small town to come back from something like that.
5. Does anybody think they know what line from Bob Dylan was written in Carrie's notebook?
Personally I love Bob Dylan. And I knew this song, not only because I do like Bob and it is a great song, but because I also loved a mini-series that aired once upon a time called The 60's. There are moments in this series, two that I can specifically think of, where the characters quote/sing the song "Just Like A Woman".
Now, my favorite Bob Dylan song is It Ain't Me Babe and my favorite cover was sung by Dave Melillo. He makes it sound kind of poppy and I like it!
My final thoughts are that I loved it! I can totally see myself buying it (I had rented the audio version from my local library) and rereading it next October! I loved the style and the documentary format! It was a great success and it has also sealed the deal between me and one Mr. Stephen King, in the sense that I am now going to have to give more of his books a shot! I can't wait to read Misery!