Johnny Smith is in love with a girl, and she is probably totally going to bang him after the GENERIC SUBURBAN FALL CARNIVAL. Since he likes to push his luck, jokester that he is, he scares the hell out of the Girl Who Will Probably Totally Bang Him with a creepy mask. ALL IS FORGIVEN, SO THEY GO TO THE CARNIVAL. They have high hopes for the carnival! They are unaware that they exist in a Stephen King novel, where no carnival can ever be a good thing. No sir, this isn’t going to end well.
Andrea: OKAY SO. Carnivals/fairs are inherently seedy/creepy, so kudos to Stephen King for setting the beginning part there.
Pat: It’s not really the beginning though. It takes like 75 pages to even get out of the carnival. And it’s mostly back-story and Jekyll and Hyde masks.
OMG MASKS ARE SYMBOLIC!?
Andrea: I thought he did a really good job of setting up the John/Sarah relationship, but yeah, the Jekyll and Hyde thing was a little heavy handed.
Pat: Sorry, did you mean John/Sarah or Ben/Susan?
Pat: Could’ve fooled me.
Andrea: That is why I didn’t know if I read this book! I kept confusing it with Salem’s Lot.
Pat: We will see Sarah/Susan again in Christine.
Andrea: Yeah it is SK’s good sensible smart and hot but in a wholesome way archetype
Andrea: Also, I think when the political stuff started I got bored and quit reading. How about the Stillman (?) foreshadowing?
OMG HE KILLED A DOG NOW HE IS GONNA RUIN THE WORLD
Is SK just generally commenting on THE NATURE OF EVIL?
Pat: That wasn’t Stillman, though, was it?
Andrea: I think so?
Pat: Well, here’s the thing: he doesn’t bother mentioning that the dog-kicking girl-raper ISN’T Stillman.
Andrea: So it isn’t?
Pat: I don’t think the dog-kicker is Stillson.
Andrea: So who do you think it is?
Pat: It’s the rapist, you lunatic.
Andrea: Oh, right
Pat: Or it’s Stillson, I don’t know.
Look it UP.
Andrea: OMG. I will when I get home.
Pat: If Johnny had touched Ashton Kutcher’s hand when he was a child and saw what he would become, do you think he would have killed him too?
To save us all?
Andrea: I kind of like Ashton Kutcher. If we are going with full disclosure here.
Andrea: HE SEEMS NICE OKAY
Pat: You are an unfit mother.
Andrea: Are we finishing The Dark Half today?
Because we haven’t read it yet.
Andrea: You know what I mean.
WHAT THE HELL IS THAT BOOK CALLED
Pat: We will finish.
Andrea: Apparently I had momentary short term memory loss.
Pat: Book titles are in your dead zone.