I had watched the film when i was younger and it scared the hell out of me. It has been one of my favourite films ever since. But the book is so much better.
It delves much deeper into the characters and unlike the film it makes you feel as though you know them.
I like the way in which he brings in everyday real life problems and mixes them in with terryfying fiction such as bullying, domestic violence and racism.
You feel so much sorrow for the 'losers' because its like no matter what they do they can't escape the suffering.
Take Bill for instance, not only does he have to put up with his younger brother being murdered, he also has to deal with his ever infuriating stutter and the bullying he recieves as a result of this stutter. All thats bad enough for a kid and that's without mentioning the fact that there is a shape shifting, demonic, child eating clown roaming around town and it's up to him and his friends to stop it.
If you have young teenage children make them read this and suddenly the thought of getting acne won't seem that big a deal to them.
I urge anybody who has'nt read this book to do so, whether you're a king fan or not.
Watch the movie as well, its not as good as the book but superb none the less.