I guess many of us are fans of Stephen King: in my opinion, he’s one of the greatest contemporary authors and I’m pretty much addicted to his books. Who hasn’t heard of Carrie or the Shining? And obviously, about Pennywise, the creepy clown who gave us a few nightmares.
A couple of days ago, I had a very interesting conversation with one of my friends: both of us adore Stephen King’s IT and we were trying to figure out what actually “IT” was – we could not finally arrive to a conclusion, but this discussion made me think about “IT” and idea came to me:
Isn’t “IT” OCD?
Yes, I know that sounds kind of crazy and I really do not want to sound like your literature teacher from high school who was trying to tell you what hidden meaning the different novels/poems had, however, the more you think about it the more it makes sense.
So why do I think IT’s just like OCD?
Because IT always appears as ITs victim’s biggest fear:
– to Eddie, IT was contamination and illness (and probably, we need to say no more about this: most of us with OCD have already experienced the intense fear of catching a dangerous disease or the extreme fear of dirt and germs)
– to Bill, IT was the feeling of guilt, for no reason – a feeling that’s way too familiar to many of us, a feeling that keeps us awake at night
– and to poor Henry Bowers, IT was the biggest nightmare of anyone with OCD: acting on intrusive thoughts. One of the most devastating type of OCD is when you’re afraid of harming your loved ones or doing something crazy, something dangerous – so reading about someone who has actually acted on their intrusive thoughts is one of the scariest things I could imagine.
And obviously, I could add a couple more characters to Stephen King’s IT to this list, but I’d prefer you to give me a few more examples in the comment section. 🙂
Finally, do not forget: OCD (just like IT) is just a clown! We should not let it control our life!
We all float down here 🙂