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Difficulty reading

Discussion in 'Carrie' started by nightmarewriter, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. 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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  2. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta Tester Moderator

    Rose Madder.

    I'm sorry you had such a bad time in school.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...some of his stylings make me wince, but never so badly I couldn't finish them...did they haunt me later?, yes-but I just viewed that as a master inkslinger at the top of his craft...
  4. 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.
  5. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    I could relate to the bullying in Carrie, of course. This was the first book of his I read, and I was hooked. Another book which affected me deeply was Pet Sematary. Somehow I keep reading.
    Until the end. Even if it hurts. But that's me.
  7. 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.
  8. booklover72

    booklover72 very strange person

    So sorry to hear about the bully, as a result of the bullying in school, I have a pathological hatred of school.
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  9. booklover72

    booklover72 very strange person

    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.
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  10. Rrty

    Rrty Well-Known Member

    As I get older, I do find some of the passages in the book involving bullying disturbing.
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