Friday, September 15, 2017

Pre-Teen Orgy in Stephen King’s IT


E. Alex Jung's September 8, 2017 post, "How Does the New It Movie Deal With Stephen King’s [Pre-teen] Orgy Scene?", on Vulture relates:

Since its publication in September of 1986, It has enjoyed a long shelf life, first as a book that spent 14 weeks at the top of the New York Times best-seller list [...] This week, It hits theaters for the first time as a feature film [...].

But one controversial scene from King’s novel has dogged the book and subsequent adaptations. After defeating It, the kids get lost in the sewer tunnels on the way out; this is attributed in part to the fact that they’re losing their “connection” to one another. The solution is to bind them together, which Beverly — the only girl in the story’s main group of protagonists, called “the Losers” — says can only happen if each of the boys has sex with her. Where they’re timid and unsure, she’s confident and maternal [...]The sex is a “consensual” gang bang, with each of the boys losing his virginity, and thus entering manhood, through Beverly.

[...] critics and readers looking back at it have called it everything from “disturbing” to “sick” to “insane.” A Reddit reader from last year simply asked, “WTF?” and generated over 500 comments. For almost ten exhaustive pages, King describes each of the boys having sex with Beverly and their orgasms as a version of “flying.”

Although, Beverly doesn't have sex in the adaptation, Jung relates that the film: "sexualizes her several times, like when she flirts with a middle-aged cashier at a pharmacy to help the boys steal some supplies."

Here are two excerpts and the complete section from Chapter 22 sections (11) Beverly and (12) Love and Desire/August 10th 1958:

"You have to put your thing in me."

"Mike comes to her, then Richie, and the act is repeated. Now she feels some pleasure, dim heat in her childish unmatured sex, and she closes her eyes as Stan comes to her and she thinks of the birds."