Stephen King Once Referred to ‘IT’ as ‘a Very Badly Constructed Book’

Stephen King devotees consider IT to be a fan-favorite. While the master of horror has published over 70 books throughout his lifetime, the story about the killer clown seems to be the one with the most extensive fan base.

And although the book was published in 1986, the 2017 film has reintroduced the novel to a whole new generation of readers.

But despite how dedicated fans are to the story, King once referred to his novel as “a very badly constructed book.”

Stephen King attends a special screening of 'IT' at Bangor Mall Cinemas 10 on September 6, 2017 in Bangor, Maine
Stephen King attends a special screening of ‘IT’ at Bangor Mall Cinemas 10 on September 6, 2017 in Bangor, Maine | Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Stephen King considers ‘IT’ one of his favorite novels he has ever written

While King can admit that his story about the Losers’ Club isn’t exactly a literary masterpiece, he is a massive fan of the book nonetheless. According to ScreenRant, in 2015, he announced that IT was one of his favorite books he’s ever written.

But despite how much King loves IT, he knows that it can use some tidying up.

Stephen King thinks ‘IT’ is ‘a very badly constructed book’

According to Time Magazine, King isn’t afraid to use self-deprecating humor when it comes to some of his most famous texts.

Not only did he call his beloved novel “very badly constructed,” but he also compared his writing to “the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and large fries from McDonald’s.”

It should be noted that when the novel was written, King was addicted to cocaine.

In fact, the author was so addicted to the drug, that he barely remembers writing some of his most popular novels.

“There’s one novel, Cujo, that I barely remember writing at all,” King revealed in his memoir. “I don’t say that with pride or shame. Only with a vague sense of sorrow and loss. I like that book. And I wish I could remember enjoying the good parts as I put them down on the page.”

Tabitha King staged an intervention for her husband

According to King’s memoir, On Writing, his wife and fellow author, Tabitha King, staged an intervention for the novelist. He said,

“The point of this intervention was that I was dying right in front of them. Tabby said I had a choice: I could get help at a rehab, or I could get the hell out of the house. She said that she and the kids loved me. And for that very reason, none of them wanted to witness my suicide.”

Thankfully, King is now sober and has been for decades.

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