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Pete and Brigette Review Carrie


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Pete: I only vaguely remember the 1976 version but from what I can remember I’m not entirely sure this version did Stephen King’s 1974 novel a better service. I think the pure rage that Carrie White experienced was slightly better handled in this more recent version, but the story was changed to portray a more understanding and modernized student group, that weren’t all hell bent on persecuting her. Because of this the explosion of rage came across as unexpected over-reaction and allowed little affinity for her outburst. Carrie’s quickly learned control of her telekinesis (which was a change from the novel) only made her more malicious and vengeful, also making it harder for gaining any sympathy. I would recommend that most people read the book and if you were to watch a film of it, try the 1976 version. I’m yet to see the 2002 film or the stage musical (really?). I’d pair Aviator Brewing Company’s Hogwild IPA with this film. Favorite architectural detail: Carrie’s house.

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Brigette: Loved Julianne Moore in this role. Didn’t think Chloe Grace Moretz pulled off the role of Carrie, though. Didn’t think this film needed remaking, but curiosity got the best of me. I preferred the 1976 version and am seriously considering reading the Stephen King novel, which I’m sure is better than either of them. But the thing I hate the most about this film is the message it sends about bullying but did like the message that sewing your own clothes can be super cool.

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Pete Reviews Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

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Describe it in 25 words or less. The sequel to “The Shining” explores the tumultuous life and dark secrets of Daniel Torrance and his troubled journey towards self realization.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I read The Shining about 25 years ago (just prior to watching the movie) and I’ve been wanting to read this as soon as I heard about it’s release.

Genre: Horror/Suspense

What did you think of the cover art? I had the UK/AU cover that had the cat on it, which I actually prefer over the USA first edition cover.

Who was your favorite character and why? Abra, because of her courage and determination.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Rose the Hat, because she was so cruel and callous.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? The story grabbed me immediately and only became more intriguing as it went on.

Was it plot or character driven? An excellent balance of both in which they become reliant on each other.

What did you think of the ending? Left me with emotions of both hope and melancholy.

What was the moral of the story? Ultimately it is best to reveal all your secrets.

Did you learn anything? A little about RVs and Alcoholics Anonymous.

Favorite quote: “The world has a way of keeping things in balance. I believe that. There’s a saying: when the pupil is ready, the teacher will appear. I was your teacher.” – Dick Halloran to Dan Torrance

Have you read other books by the same author? I’ve read most of Stephen King’s novels from the 1980s and some of his short stories too.

Would you like to see it adapted into a film? I wouldn’t mind seeing it as a film. I would pick Sam Riley as Dan Torrance.

Soundtrack: You can have a listen to the songs mentioned in the book on Grooveshark.

Who would you recommend it to? Anyone who has read The Shining, as well as fans of Stephen King or science fiction/horror. Definitely read The Shining first.

Number of unknown words: 1

Beer pairing: WARNING: For anyone who has had problems with alcohol please contact your nearest AA group. For everyone else I would recommend Anchor Brewing’s Anchor Steam Beer.

If you could remain at one age for a thousand years, what age would you pick and why?

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