Making Carrie Comfortable

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Carrie is most definitely of the horror genre, and horror is never about being comfortable. Society has changed, but what’s at the core of King’s novel remains as raw and powerful as it was four decades ago: Peer pressure, cliques, ruthless bullying, and being an outsider. To deny these aspects in favor of a more Millennial narrative of empowerment is to miss what makes Carrie so effective — and Carrie herself so compelling and sympathetic.

NPR looks at how modern adaptations of Stephen King’s Carrie have missed the point.


P.E. Garcia is an Editor-at-Large for the Rumpus and a contributor to HTMLGiant. They currently live in Philadelphia, where they were recently accidentally elected to be Judge of Elections. Find them on Twitter: @AvantGarcia. More from this author →