I finally read Carrie. I don't know why I am just now reading it. I've read at least 35 maybe forty of his novels, but I never read Carrie. I've seen the movie, and In my humble opinion, Sissy Spacek deserved an Oscar for her performance. Still she didn't capture the essence of Carrie White's true greatness as fictional character. Carrie White's development is amazing. She's perfect, beautiful and real. I like her and she could have been kick ass. But she wanted revenge. I've always appreciated King's ability to build a character. I don't glorify everything he has written. Even Roger Maris had a few strikeouts. But King is one of the few greats. Though I love characters like Eddie Dean, Larry Underwood, Jack Sawyer. I even appreciate Henry Dean. But until recently I didn't care for the female characters except for Suzanne. His female characters are usually too perfect. They seem to be dramatic about the small stuff. They are usually beautiful with perfect skin and a perfect body, every man's dream. And they are always a victim. I don't feel sorry for them and I don't think their emotions are genuine. To me they seem cliched. They are the ideal character for a Harlequin novella. I have never expressed this on the board, because it is not important. Their character development is still good, but in my opinion he develops male characters better, which makes sense, he's a man. This is just my opinion. I understand people love characters like Sadie, Rose Daniel, Julia, and Ilse. I respect their development. So, I am not criticizing. Just stating my thoughts. Anyway, my point is Carrie White impressed me like Suzanne Dean. Suzanne is the ultimate bad ass and no one (man or woman) could be as awesome as her. I like Carrie because she has flaws, she knows emotional pain. She got dealt a ****ty hand. Unfortunately she wanted revenge instead of justice. She did what any irrational teenage girl would have done. She made a scene. A dramatic scene. In the end, nothing works out. That's life. Life isn't peaches and cream and happy ending are rare. Carrie went ham on the kids who terrorized her, but she never got justice for Tommy. Tommy didn't deserve to die. Tommy was being a nice guy. He didn't care about the BS of high school. He was perfect but he was real. The two losers who decided to be cowards and spill a pig's blood should have been prosecuted. Death is much better than life in prison (people don't get this). Anyway, Carrie isn't the real villain in this story. Margret White scares the hell out of me and those girls yelling "Plug it up" are monsters. Chris is a sociopath and Sue isn't as humble as she thinks she is. Carrie could have been a super hero. I always say success is the best revenge and she could have slapped the kids around without causing a blood bath. So, in the end, she is the psychopath that scares everybody. She is the weirdo and the social retard. It is sad really, because she could have been great. I haven't finished reading the story, but I know how it ends. I am at the part where she jams the doors. She is about to go ham. Great story, good writing, excellent characters. I'm sure I will have more to say about this story. This was his first and probably his greatest.