IT! by Stephen King
by Gabriela Santana and Blair Kingsley
1.) The order
Stephen King went about setting up It! in a certain manor. Beginning with introducing Bill and Georgie, but in the movie the first scene depicted was of a little girl getting taken and murdered by Pennywise and then right after that you meet Mike Hanlon. When in the book you don't meet Mike Hanlon until he calls Stan but you don't quite meet him you only get a glimpse of him in a phone call. Also a constant occurrence is the larger emphasis in the beginning with their childhood when King did a good job of introducing the characters in their adult phases and then providing small flashbacks to their childhoods, it isn't until after the first interlude that King begins to depict Pennywise and his influence to the characters in their childhood.
A main focus point in the differences in character are Eddie, Patricia Uris, and Bev. Eddie was a mommas boy with a wife who was the perfect doppelgänger of his mother. They were the same size, they both worried and babied Eddie both physically and mentally. I think this played a big part in the book when it came to understand Eddie as a character. All of the characters in the novel always had something that brought them back to their childhood, and in the novel it was always Eddies mind that mimicked his mothers constant nagging. In addition to reminding them of their childhood, there is Stan Uris. In the novel Stan forgot all about his child and focused on Patty and making a new life. Even though she serves as a beard to his problems in the novel Stan mentions that he feels like there is a dark looming cloud. We learn a lot about Patty in the novel but the movie cuts her short to only discovering her husband dead in the bathtub. The next character that the movie lacked to keep up with was Beverly. Beverly came from an abusive childhood home and led that life into adulthood, marrying someone just like her father. Tom, being the man who beats on Beverly, almost a replacement to her father. In the film they do stay true to this aspect, but instead of living a run down life, and being the stereotypical abusive wife, Bev has a business with Tom, but being rich does not mask their problems, and instead of almost killing him, all Bev does is put up a fight and leave.
3.) Missing Scene
In the novel and the movie, the sewer scene is one of the most important milestones that the Losers' club experiences as children. The film avoided putting this in but it is an important scene within the novel because it joins them closer together in the end. King attempted to avoid the scene being characterized lewd so he labels it as an act of intimacy. Once the Losers' club is in the sewer they become trapped, sending all the boys into a panic attack, so Beverly comes up with the idea to be "intimate" witch each of the boys. Ultimately I believe that the sewer was a key moment of losing their innocence, which is an important and key aspect to the plot, the movie failed to mention this moment and I believe it ultimately lacks the gravity of the moment.