Difficulty reading

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Now please read this entire post before you guys say "you couldn't read his first work?" I have always wanted to read the book that began Mr.King's career, he inspired me to become a horror writer. My high school during my Senior year(almost 2 years ago) required you on Fridays to read for twenty minutes. I saw that the bookshelf had Carrie so I decided to pull that down and read. I had already seen the movie and was okay watching that. Yet when I read tried to read this book, I was sobbing due to the bullying in the first few pages. I was severely bullied like Carrie was(not the "plug it up" portion or the blood) but nearly every single person in my school bullied me. It brought back severe flashbacks and I had to lock myself in the bathroom to prevent a panic attack. I was wondering if anyone else ever had difficulty reading any of his works because of their past? I hate that I couldn't read this book and still can't. The only way I could watch the movie was reminding myself constantly this was actors.
 
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Thank you honestly though it helped shape me into the caring person I am but it also made me even more determined to reach for my dreams. I don't think any of his works have scared me while reading it or haunted me later on by his writing, it was just personal experience that made it impossible for me to read this book.
 
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I'm so sorry to hear about the bullying. It's so horrible. I suffered it mildly and briefly. We lived in Mobile, AL for about 10 months when I was 11, it was God-awful.
I'm so sorry about that. I had to endure it for 8 years(from 2nd-10th grade 11th i transferred to a career tech school you could go to) and i did report it but my school only cared about the rich kids. Even experiencing it once is horrible in my opinion.
 

booklover72

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Thank you honestly though it helped shape me into the caring person I am but it also made me even more determined to reach for my dreams. I don't think any of his works have scared me while reading it or haunted me later on by his writing, it was just personal experience that made it impossible for me to read this book.
good to hear you are a caring person.forget about the bullies, they probably don't know what a book is. but stephen actually threw this book in the bin and it was Tabitha(sorry) who picked it out and read it and said it was good. and that as they say is history. For certain parts of the story, stephen need Tabitha's help(feminine issues). You have probably seen the re-make of Carrie watch the one with Sissy Spacek.
 

doowopgirl

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Now please read this entire post before you guys say "you couldn't read his first work?" I have always wanted to read the book that began Mr.King's career, he inspired me to become a horror writer. My high school during my Senior year(almost 2 years ago) required you on Fridays to read for twenty minutes. I saw that the bookshelf had Carrie so I decided to pull that down and read. I had already seen the movie and was okay watching that. Yet when I read tried to read this book, I was sobbing due to the bullying in the first few pages. I was severely bullied like Carrie was(not the "plug it up" portion or the blood) but nearly every single person in my school bullied me. It brought back severe flashbacks and I had to lock myself in the bathroom to prevent a panic attack. I was wondering if anyone else ever had difficulty reading any of his works because of their past? I hate that I couldn't read this book and still can't. The only way I could watch the movie was reminding myself constantly this was actors.
Sorry you had such a hard time. But, no I've never had that experience. One thing about SK is he has the ability to touch so many lives in so many ways.
 

Catherine_Thomas

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Very late to the story, but as a young child that was also bullied, I found that her revenge was super satisfying. I am not advocating for you to do anything out of your comfort zone, but you should try to read the last few chapters, if for no other reason than for how she gets her revenge.

The one that I still cannot read (I am currently 25) is IT. Pennywise is just way too much for me.