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Carrie, where do I begin..

Discussion in 'Carrie' started by ErikC, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I've never found Carrie frightening, but it's pathetic in the classical sense. I felt so damned sorry for Carrie--she had absolutely nothing going for her in life. Having nearly always been the 'weird kid', I could emphathize with her a bit, but there's always the sneaking relief that I was never strange enough to get bullied much. In a way, it made me more content with largely being left alone.
     
  2. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Yes. Thats my favorite Soft Cell.
     
  3. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Carrie was my first SK experience too. Although I wasn't bullied in high school I was an outsider and never felt like I fit in anywhere. So I identified. Telekinesis would have been fun, though.
     
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  4. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    I can sing 'Only You' perfectly!
     
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  5. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    How about 'Midnight'? ;)
     
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  6. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Never really tried that one. It doesn't 'call' to me like Only You does.
     
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  7. krwhiting

    krwhiting Well-Known Member

    I was bullied sometimes. I'm short and I was mouthy as a kid. So older and bigger boys often whacked me. Like John Cougar's song "Cherry Bomb": "Couple guys had to put me in my place..when I see those guys we just laugh and say 'remember when."" But my best friend was ridiculously popular, and extremely athletic, so it didn't happen much.

    But I certainly felt for her. I've lived alone as an adult, before I got married, and I've been alone. Loneliness is nothing to trifle with. Dangerous and unhealthy. And Carrie was very much alone.

    Kelly
     
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  8. booklover72

    booklover72 very strange person

    Hi Erik

    The only (sort of ) thing, i felt was esape from misery, Me ma(grandmother) died in 2007 and Duma Key was releqsed in jan something or other and it saved my sanity. It helped me escape from the bitterness, the hatred(why she had to die) etc. Steve has made me very very happ.
     
  9. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    All this talk about "bullying" makes me wonder why bullying is wrong when it's a big kid picking on a little kid, but not when it's a special-interest group picking on taxpayers?

    I'd probably be too old to understand, even if anyone would answer that question.

    When we were kids we used to discourage bullies by making it difficult for them.

    I guess kids don't do that anymore.
     
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  10. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    It occurs to me though that Carrie's, for lack of a better word, "gift" was something she despised despite using it at times, as no matter how normal she could ever become she would always know that everyone, including herself, was correct in thinking of her as a freak.
     
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  11. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I see your point. Even if she had a normal mother, or had been able to stop using her gift, it would always be there.
     
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  12. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Yes, like a demonic second head. I chagrin to admit that I don't recall whether the novel depicts that there were times when her powers acted as if on their own, that she had little memory afterward of something she'd done using them. I think that idea was presented in at least one of the movies versions of the story.
     
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  13. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I've only seen the original one. I think that when she felt very angry or stressed it kind of took over.
     
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  14. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Yes, so she knew she couldn't control it. What a helpless, terrifying way to live, which of course would add to the frustration and stress of anyone's life, but especially hers living with psycho-Mom, so she exists in a kind of vicious supernatural cycle striving not to hurt anyone.
     
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  15. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I think thats part of the continual fascination of Carrie.
     
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  16. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    The story has depth.
     
  17. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Oh yeah. Thats why it continues to attract new generations.
     
  18. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Sometimes a great artist will assume his/her work sucks and in frustration throws it out. But God says it's not good for a great artist to be alone and so Tabby retrieves it.
     
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  19. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Lucky for all of us. Where would we be if not for Tabby.
     
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  20. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    It's one of those eternal type questions.
     
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