C is for Charlie

Hello, and welcome to Blogging A to Z 2017! Thanks for stopping by.

My theme this month is 26 of the Best Characters in Fiction.

IMG_8313Charlene “Charlie” McGee is a little girl with pyrokinesis in Stephen King’s Firestarter.

I read this book for the first time as a teenager, and it’s still one of my favorite Stephen King books.

First off, I love the idea of a kid who can create fire with her mind. Maybe one or two people have accused me of being a bit of a pyromaniac. I can’t help it! I love candles and fires.

Second, I love child protagonists in horror. Kids don’t react the same way as adults, and it’s interesting to see what they do. They’re more likely to believe in the unbelievable. Plus, people often underestimate kids. This kid is a force to be reckoned with.

Third, I almost never do this, but I associate her with the movie version of her, a young Drew Barrymore. I love Drew Barrymore, and I have to admit that probably is part of the reason for my love of this book. When I picture the character, I picture her.

Charlie is one of those characters who’s stayed with me. She was put in a bunch of horrible situations, but she kept moving forward, and she survived. At any point, she could have just quit, but that never happened. I’m sure the adult version of her would have scars, but I’d like to think she would still be doing her best to live and love.

Stephen King could have written her as unfeeling or numb to her situation, but even at the end of the book, she’s still got a wealth of empathy, even if she’s no longer emotionally a little girl anymore.

Are you a horror fan? If so, what’s your Stephen King book?

Firestarter- A Review

th-1On Throwback Thursdays, I highlight a book that’s been around for awhile, and I tell you why you should read it now.

Firestarter by Stephen King, is a fascinating book, full of great characters, and still one of the scariest books/ movies ever.  It doesn’t rely on blood, gore, or non-human monsters.  The “monsters” are the humans, and a little girl is put into a position of having to be someone she doesn’t want to be, in order to survive.

I don’t know which came first for me: the book or movie.  I’ve always been a Drew Barrymore fan, and I’ve always been a Stephen King fan, so it really could have gone either way.

I love this book from beginning to end.  Charlie is born to parents who participated in an experiment in college.  Both Charlie’s parents got an extra ability from the experiment, but Charlie is pyrokinetic, and because she’s a kid.  A government agency is after both of them, but mostly Charlie, because they want to study them and their abilities.

If you like horror with a strong plot and interesting characters, this is a must read.