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When I pitched the idea for this column, I was told it was cool so long as I kept it classy. How could I be NOT classy?! With IT coming to theaters, readers and non-readers alike are becoming aware of a piece missing from the movie. My questions. Which are:. Here are the basics. Spoilers from here forward although you can skip to the final section if you're curious about whether or not you should read IT :. The Losers all have abilities that combine and make them good candidates to defeat Pennywise, sort of a prophecy-meets-Voltron sort of deal.

And the group starts falling apart. Why does this scene exist? I wasn't really thinking of the sexual aspect of it. The book dealt with childhood and adulthood— and Grown Ups. The grown ups don't remember their childhood. None of us remember what we did as children—we think we do, but we don't remember it as it really happened.

Intuitively, the Losers knew they had to it group sex together again. The sexual act connected childhood and adulthood. It's another version of the glass tunnel that connects the children's library and the adult library. Times have changed since I wrote that scene and there is now more sensitivity to those issues. I buy that. King, aswitnessed a friend be struck and killed by a trainand he blocked out the memory of the event almost entirely. The New York Times reviewed the book in I'd describe it as fairly mechanical.

I buy that he wrote the sex scene it group sex specific, narrative-driven reasons. I buy the idea that it serves a purpose. I buy that, at the time the book was written, Stephen King thought this was the best way to accomplish what he wanted to accomplish. But the portions I believe only explain WHY the scene was written. Not whether or not it worked.

From this point forward we're going to be pretty subjective. Obviously I can't say, in an objective way, whether or not something "works. If you dig into the book, de- and reconstruct the story, and if you look at it from a thematic perspective, the scene does make more sense. If you read IT as a book about the things we fear being the things that become our strengths, or as proffering the idea that confronting our fears is the only way to move from childhood to adulthood, then it makes a certain sense that sex is a necessary component of the book.

Sex and intimacy are things many of us fear, but they can be sources of great strength. Moving from childhood to adulthood is frightening, and if there's a definitive line in the sand that separates adults from children, for a lot of folks, that line is sexual. But the connection there could have been stronger.

The scene would have been a little easier on the stomach if all of this had been spelled out a bit more. It group sex that's me. Author Grady Hendrix, in a series of Stephen King re-re, gets there and it group sex some.

He's clearly smarter, more thoughtful, more successful, and probably handsomer than I am. I'd like to think that popular opinion is somewhere between Hendrix's smart and mine dum-dum. Which means that the narrative success is a mixed bag. Yes, you could sling a fishing pole over your shoulder and head down to the creek.

But on the way you might have your stomach slashed by a kid with a switchblade. The sex scene definitely goes against what I think about when I hear the it group sex song for Happy Days. Second, the book is about taboo, and the way that taboo things permeate our lives, are always there and only sometimes visible. The sex scene in particular functions to bring the taboo, the ickiness, outside of the book and into real life. You know how wrong this is. Even if you don't think of the kids or the book as real on any level, you can't help but think, "Damn, Stephen King.

I don't know if this is such a good idea. IT is not a book that allows a reader to be passive. Readers are forced to establish a line, what's taboo and what isn't. To me, a moral line is crossed in the sex scene. However, getting to that scene forces me to reevaluate. Apparently I'm fine with a kid having his arm torn off his body in the opening of this book. With serious spousal abuse. With repeated, graphic murder.

With a boy forcing sex acts on another boy, and with a monster taking the form of a "leper" and offering oral sex. But this is the line. In these ways, yes, the content of the book does confront the reader in real life, outside the narrative. It does work inasmuch as it demonstrates that things that feel just plain wrong are all around us all the time. IT, the book itself, exists as a taboo object, even for people who know very little about it and have never read it. And this has a lot to do with the sex scene.

Something very akin to the sex scene happens at least two other times in the book. By that I mean, we are presented with a scenario where something that's generally positive is possible because of something terribly, horribly negative. We have the scene where George Bradley and members of the Bradley Gang, notorious robbers and murderers, are stopped. This is positive. However, they're stopped by regular folks arming themselves and shooting members of the gang.

The shooting is not a last resort or done clean. It's a filthy affair that involves trapping the gang and opening fire, resulting in something that sounds like the opening scene of Robocop. This is negative. We have the scene where some big business folks get their comeuppance for business practices that result in unsafe conditions for workers.

This is good. The comeuppance comes in the form of these men being hacked to death by an axe wielder in a crowded bar where nobody lifts a finger to help them. This is bad. And we have the scene where a group of kids, hopelessly lost in a sewer, figure their way out of the sewer and create a connection that allows them, unlike all the other adults in Derry, to remember Pennywise as adults. They accomplish this by having sex with each other.

It's both literal and figurative, the way things work in IT : You might be able to do something good, but in order to do it, you're going to have to make your way through the sewer. It's a disturbing and depressing message, and it's a message I don't love. But it's consistent. The sex scene certainly stood out because of the degree to which it's taboo, and because it demonstrates, more than anything else, a problem that could have been solved in a different, less vile way.

However, that seems to be a theme of the book. The Bradley Gang could have been stopped with a lesser degree of violence if the townspeople had been less bloodthirsty. The evil businessmen could have been thwarted without someone picking up an axe. I'd like to think there was a different way for The Losers to get out of the sewer, but I can't say the method they chose was "off-message. Literary criticism goes through phases, and as it goes through phases some things stick and others tend to fade away as new things come into mainstream criticism.

The critiques of Bev being used, of female sexuality not really being understood in the story, and of having the sole important female character be most useful in a sexual situation, all of these are critiques that would not be ignored today. Most modern critics would find the sex scene problematic. The question wouldn't be about whether or not the sex scene is problematic. It would be about whether or not it's problematic enough to ruin the entirety of the book. For better or worse, the discussion of this huge, tome would be overshadowed by the discussion of this one scene.

I'm not weighing in on this being a bad or good thing. I'm simply saying that I think this is a fact of modern criticism. The it group sex scene doesn't work today. I thoroughly believe that if this book were written today, this scene would be rewritten if not omitted entirely. I wish the scene wasn't in the book, or that it was different. I'm not going to rewrite the scene because I think Stephen King kicks ass, and me suggesting tweaks seems like me backseat driving during the Moon landing. Totally unqualified, totally unhelpful, totally stupid. It comes down to the individual.

Some people won't hate it, perhaps even feel it fits with the book. Some people will hate it, but like the book in spite of it. Some people will find it intolerable, and the book will be ruined for them because of it. The only way I can think to end this whole thing, as the writer of this column and someone who recently read IT, is to pass on my thoughts for the two groups on the ends of the spectrum, as outlined above and one final time below.

I'd skip it. King has a lot of great books. As do a lot of other writers. I don't think you're making a bad choice by skipping something that's guaranteed to push your buttons. Plus, the scene happens so late in the book, you've invested so much time by then, that you'll feel resentment. I feel safe in saying that resentment is not a feeling intended by the book, nor is it a feeling that you should have when you finish any book.

If you're someone for whom the book was good, or the idea of the sex scene doesn't extinguish your desire to read IT, then I'd say go forth and read. Discover for yourself. It's okay. I don't think reading IT will transform you into a monster, and I don't think liking the book makes you one either.

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The Sex Scene In Stephen King's 'IT'