LBC - Carrie by Stephen King

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Carrie is American author Stephen King's first published novel, released in 1974. Carrie is an epistolary novel.

This book revolves around the titular character Carrie, a shy high-school girl, who uses her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on those who tease her. King has commented that he finds the work to be raw and with a surprising power to hurt and horrify. It is one of the most frequently banned books in United States schools. Much of the book is written in an epistolary structure, through newspaper clippings, magazine articles, letters, and excerpts from books.

LOST References

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  • Members of the Others' book club were sitting around discussing the novel when the plane crashed. A Tale of Two Cities
  • Juliet states it as her all-time favorite book.
  • Another member of the club, Adam, disagrees, saying that it was by-the-numbers religious hokum-pokum and that Ben didn't like it.
  • A different edition of the book (not the same cover) is seen in Juliet's flashback, on Rachel's nightstand. Not in Portland
  • Ben reads Carrie in his library for the forthcoming book club discussion, and complains that he finds it depressing. One of Us
    This is again a different edition, the paperback edition.
  • Emilie de Ravin played the character Chris Hargensen in the 2002 television remake of Carrie.
  • Minor characters include Principal Henry Grayle (possible connection to Henry Gale) and Restaurant Owner Hubert Kelly, who Complained constantly that his electronic pacemaker was on the verge of electrocuting him.

The Author

Stephen King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy fiction. His books have sold more than 500 million copies and have been made into many movies. He is known for novels such as Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, It, Misery, and the seven-novel series The Dark Tower, which King wrote ove a period of 27 years. As of 2010, King has written and published 49 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, five non-fiction books, and nine collections of short stories such as Night Shift, Skeleton Crew, and Everything's Eventual. Many of his stories are set in his homestate of Maine. He has collaborated with authors Peter Straub and Stewart O'Nan. Some of his novels have been also been turned into comic books, such as The Stand, The Talisman, and The Dark Tower series.

King has received many awards, including several Bram Stoker Awards, Locus Awards, and, in 2003, the National Book Foundation awarded him the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

King and his wife, Tabitha, have three children, Naomi, Joe and Owen. Tabitha, Joe and Owen are also published writers.

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Carrie is based on a composite of two girls Stephen King went to school with.

She was a very peculiar girl who came from a very peculiar family. Her mother wasn't a religious nut like the mother in Carrie; she was a game nut, a sweepstakes nut who subscribed to magazines for people who entered contests … the girl had one change of clothes for the entire school year, and all the other kids made fun of her. I have a very clear memory of the day she came to school with a new outfit she'd bought herself. She was a plain-looking country girl, but she'd changed the black skirt and white blouse – which was all anybody had every seen her in – for a bright-colored checkered blouse with puffed sleeves and a skirt that was fashionable at the time. And everybody made worse fun of her because nobody wanted to see her change the mold.

King says he wondered what it would have been like to have been raised by such a mother, and based the story itself on a reversal of the Cinderella fairy tale. He also told biographer George Beahm that the girl later...

...married a man who was as odd as her, had kids, and eventually killed herself.


The Characters

  • Carrie (short for Carrietta) White
  • Margaret White - Carrie's Mother
  • Miss Desjardin - Teacher
  • Sue Snell - School girl
  • Tommy Ross - The class hunk
  • Chris Hargensen - School girl
  • Billy Nolan - Chris's boyfriend

Discussion Points

  • Why were the creators and writers of LOST inspired by this book?
  • What is unique about the setting of the story?
Does this setting enhance or take away from the story?
  • What specific themes are discovered throughout the story?
Do you see any themes also relating to the story of LOST?
What is the message conveyed by the story themes?
  • Do the characters seem real and believable?
Which characters remind you of similar characters in LOST?
Are their predicaments similar to any in LOST?
  • How do characters change or evolve in the story?
What triggers those changes?
What are the similarities and differences with LOST characters?
How are they the same/different from LOST's philosophical views?
  • Do you see any metaphors or symbolism in the characters, themes, philosophy, or setting of this book?
How are they similar or different to metaphors/symbolism in LOST?

Discussion Guidelines

  • Keep the discussion related to the specific book and related LOST content.
  • Be specific and provide examples to back up your point of view.
  • To make the discussion more interesting, feel free to ask your own questions.
  • Please be considerate of all points of view.
  • Encourage participation.

Happy Reading and Thanks!

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