Earlier this year, I dove into my very first Stephen King novel with the audiobook of THE STAND. I absolutely loved it and knew I had to read more. Next up came 11/22/63. Again, it became an instant favorite. After a week of reading Jill’s hilariously wacky (and slightly scary) pleas to join Christina and her in reading Stephen King’s IT, I thought, “Sure! Why not?”
Actually, my entire thought process was more along the lines of this, “Even though clowns creep me out completely, and the idea of killer clowns just seems redundant because aren’t all clowns really killers of some sort, what is there not to like about the idea of a group of bloggers getting together to read this iconic King classic? So what if I really don’t read horror books, let alone enjoy them? So what if I have nightmares forever? I’m sure I won’t always run away crying and screaming from every clown I see after finishing the book. I already know I would rather listen to it than read it, which means another audiobook to distract me while working. Besides, work is too boring. I need the crap scared out of me while I stare at spreadsheets all day long.”
See my completely rational thought process? Somehow, through all of that, I decided that the It-Along is a good thing, and that yes, I am going to participate in this crazy event. After all, what do I have to lose other than a few nights’ of sleep?
Won’t you join us?
Thanks, Natasha! It was a rather convoluted thought process that I had to share it with others. I'm not certain if it is going to be happy reading or not. We shall see!
Congratulations! I'm sure you'll do fine. After all, we have lots of morale support.
OMG! Your thoughts have me laughing so loud over here! I haven't started reading It yet but I am nervous about all the nightmares that I'm going to have. Happy reading? 🙂
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Well, I signed up! Setting myself up for yet another failure. LOL! Yeah, I think listening would be an experience. I'm trying to think of what horror books I've listened to on audio. Oh, yeah, Bag of Bones…my favorite SK so far. And I listened to a terrible Koontz called Tick Tock. I usually like his books, but that one was terrible! I'll see you around at the It-along!
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I'm still a newbie to Stephen King.This will be my third novel of his, and I really wouldn't count the first two I read as horror books. It will be an interesting experience, especially listening to a horror book rather than reading it.
Thanks, Jill! I'm looking forward to it!
You are absolutely correct, and it is a mystery – one I've thought of myself. I refuse to let the kids get near clowns, and heaven help me if any walk past in a parade. Just icky, creepy characters.
That's good to know! You want a good narrator for such a long audiobook!
I also share your clown phobia. Yikes! I just got chills thinking about ole Pennywise. The mini-series with Tim Curry in the role was quite good, but I've never read the book. I'm seriously considering joining in with you all, but it will depend on the dates. I don't know if you're aware, but I host a perpetual Stephen King reading challenge with another blogger and we're hosting the EPIC Dark Tower read-a-long over there…reading the entire series from September through July. Can you tell I love SK!?
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Well that sounds completely rational to me.
Glad you're joining us!
I share your feelings about clowns… I am sure in general the people that choose that profession are lovely people, but the costume etc creeps me out completely to the extent I will sometimes walk the other way if I see one coming. Hate to sound like a grinch, but we teach kids to beware of strangers but then we encourage them to talk to people with garish disguises on? One of life's mysteries…
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Steven Weber does a wonderful job narrating IT! I am really enjoying the audio. Welcome