The first part of New Line Cinema's highly anticipated film adaptation of Stephen King's scariest book hits theaters in September, but the book is already flying off store shelves. Let's take a look at the Top 10 most-highlighted passages from Stephen King's It, just to see what all the fuss is about.
2017 is shaping up to be a great year for book-to-screen adaptations, and readers have been snatching up the novels headed to theaters and living rooms. At the time of this writing, It holds the No. 9 spot on Amazon's Most Read Charts, behind fellow adaptees The Handmaid's Tale, American Gods, and Big Little Lies.
For those of you who only know It as "that Stephen King book with the clown," here's a primer on the story. An ancient entity — the eponymous It — lurks beneath the town of Derry, Maine. It wakes every 27 years or so to feed on humans, children in particular. After his younger brother Georgie becomes the first of Its victims in Its 1957 cycle, Bill Denbrough and six of his friends build an arsenal and go after the monster. Nearly 30 years later, It comes back, and the now-grown members of the Losers' Club must reunite to stop It once and for all.
Check out the Top 10 most-highlighted passages from Stephen King's It below, and share your favorite novel excerpts with me on Twitter!
1"Maybe that’s why God made us kids first and built us close to the ground, because He knows you got to fall down a lot and bleed a lot before you learn that one simple lesson. You pay for what you get, you own what you pay for . . . and sooner or later whatever you own comes back home to you."
— Ben Hanscom
2"Home is the place where when you go there, you have to finally face the thing in the dark."
— Eddie Kaspbrak
3"Their buckles made a jolly jingling as George Denbrough ran toward his strange death."
4"Smells of dirt and wet and long-gone vegetables would merge into one unmistakable ineluctable smell, the smell of the monster, the apotheosis of all monsters. It was the smell of something for which he had no name: the smell of It, crouched and lurking and ready to spring."
5"I, Georgie, am Mr. Bob Gray, also known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown."
6"Ben Hanscom had no sense of being lonely because he had never been anything but."
7"The kid in you just leaked out, like the air out of a tire. And one day you looked in the mirror and there was a grownup looking back at you."
— Richie Tozier