Fridge / It
- The Losers didn't actually spend all that much time together—just a single summer, really, and in Mike's case, less than that. It is mentioned that they spent some time together after defeating It the first time, but not long after they pretty much began leaving Derry one after another, and at no point were all seven back together again, including as adults. Sure, they had a strong bond for a time, but isn't this like missing a bunch of kids you knew at summer camp when you were twelve?
- Pennywise is a non-material entity from beyond the edges of this universe, merely projecting a body into this world. In what sense is a giant spider appropriate as its 'true' form? Because it's a creature that feeds on and draws strength from fear. What's the single most feared and reviled creature on Earth?
- The book makes it pretty clear that IT's true form is not really a spider, that's just the closest approximation their human minds could come to. Though you're probably right about the "why", spiders are terrifying.
- Last time I checked, spiders were helpful pest controllers and not evil eldritch abominations. Poor arthropods...
- That doesn't change the fact that a huge percentage of the human population are terrified of them.
- Which is probably the reason It's closest approximation is a spider - it's probably one of the most common things for humans to have a fear of, legitimately or not. The same could be said for clowns, too.
- You've got a twofer, here... spiders are also famous for their webs. You know, natural traps to ensnare and devour insects. Considering WHY Pennywise has the clown guise in the first place, turning into a spider later seems to be a particularly appropriate choice, personality-wise.
- Why does it matter (in the book, anyway) that none of the Losers have kids? Because having children means having to put aside your own interests to focus on your children. Bill, Beverly, and Eddie are emotionally locked at the ages they were in 1958, Bill because he's still grieving for Georgie and hurting over his parents' distance from him, Beverly because her abusive husband regresses her to the age she was when her father was abusing her, and Eddie because his overbearing wife is a carbon copy of his overbearing mother. Ben, Mike, and Richie have made a living out of their childhood pastimes instead of outgrowing them. And Stanley, who did grow up, couldn't handle the impossible reality of what he'd gone through, and killed himself. This even applies to Henry, who didn't have the opportunity to have children, and stayed emotionally stuck as a twelve-year old; he's able to be empowered by IT because of his childlike ability to understand that it's not really his dead friends he's talking to...
- Hell, this may even apply to IT. The Losers are only able to beat her as completely as possible after she's laid her eggs; her mentality is very much that of a cosmically spoiled brat for most of her appearances. But at the end, she rushes back to directly engage the Losers, even knowing how they can beat her, because she can feel Ben crushing her spawn.
- Most likely the reason why none of the Losers can have kids is that if they did having the responsibility of having a kid to raise would keep them from running off to Derry on a potential suicide mission to take out IT, and if even one of the Losers with the exception of Stan didn't go to kill it, the very specific set of circumstances that need to occur for IT to be killed once and for all couldn't happen.
- Alternately, the subconscious realization of what would happen if IT found out about the Losers' children.
- And along with that, what kind of father Tom would have been if he and Bev had children, especially a daughter.
- The full dramatic irony of the Losers' club: they really are losers. They lost each other. But they lost each other because they won.
- IT is the most Dark Tower of the non-Dark Tower books. The Losers' club is a Ka-Tet and their cyclic battle with IT is a prime example of how Ka * works; the same events have a tendency to recur during both their encounters in 1958 and 1985, they can feel the force of the White when they form the circle, they can share Khef when they are together, and towards the end they feel Ka-Shume. IT itself is a creature from Todash space with its true form, the Deadlights, circling the outside of the Tower.
- IT could be viewed an Evil Counterpart to the Christian Trinity. There's the "Father" (IT's Giant Spider form and its ultimate physical manifestation), the "Son" (Pennywise, who is IT in "human" form), and the (in this case, unholy) Spirit (the deadlights, IT's non-tangible form).
- Or that It represents the devil, the "Other," God, and the Turtle, Jesus.
- So, why now, 1957—1985? It has been around for millions of years. Why has this mysterious "Other" drawn the Losers together to finally fight It and take It down? Because, at this time and no other, It can't simply pack up and leave Derry—It has Its children to hatch and nurture. Derry has become Its true haunt ("a feeding place for animals," plural), and the place where Its children will feed. Its bond to Its children is the perfect weapon to use against It. And It believes It can't be killed—even more reason that It will stand and fight (and lose) instead of running away and getting away. It is at Its moment of greatest weakness, Its moment of greatest fatness and complacency. So now is the perfect time. Any sooner would be too soon; any later would be too late (It's children will hatch, feed and possibly branch out. Imagine hundreds, thousands, millions of Its. The entire world is their haunt. Goodbye, human race).
- In the TV Movie, the first person It kills on screen is a little girl who sang Itsy Bitsy Spider. Later on it shows that It's true physical form on earth is that of a giant Spider. It took the song personally.
- The Turtle made the universe when it got sick to its stomach and vomited up creation itself. It sounds silly when you lay it out, but really think about what that means: this unfathomable thing is unfathomable because humans are of a size comparable to IT and the Turtle as bacteria. Sentient bacteria with thoughts and emotions and lives, scurrying about in a pool of celestial vomit, breeding and breeding and breeding and developing the capacity to bond with each other in a way that makes them capable of harming the creatures that made their home by accident. Of course the Spider fears the Losers once it realizes it's vulnerable. Wouldn't you be just a little terrified if you were hip-deep in viral bacteria and you realized your hazmat suit had a hole in it?
- Why is Patrick only afraid of leeches, and nothing else? Because what he's really afraid of is being diminished. He thinks he's the only real person in the world and all other beings in the universe exist to either provide for or entertain him, and when his perceived realness is threatened or challenged, he immediately goes on the offensive and kills whatever's responsible. To Patrick, who sees all life as being centered on him, leeches exist solely as monsters with no purpose beyond sucking out his blood and his realness along with it. He kills his brother because he thinks the new baby might also be real and he doesn't want to share the world with another real boy, but with leeches, they're stealing his realness directly.
- Apart from mentioning that Moose Sadler is named after the character in Archie Comics, Stephen King also included Archie's main love interests as three of the 1957-1958 victims - Betty (Ripsom), Veronica (Grogan) and Cheryl (Lamonica).
- Derry is not a real town in Maine. However, Belfast, Bangor and Newry are - looks like Stephen King was just continuing the trend of naming Maine towns after Northern Irish ones!
- There's a line in the book that says Derry is named after a place in Ireland.
- Why does Pennywise, a homicidal Monster Clown, act like such a goofball? Simple, even though he's a demonic beast, He's still in the form of a clown. We all expect clowns (at least, the ones that aren't homicidal maniacs) to be wacky, zany goofballs. Let's also not forget that he almost always targets children and people who fear clowns. Chances are, his wacky, idiotic antics are actually to lure those who are entertained by his antics as well as torture those scared of clowns.
- IT has whatever vulnerabilities of its form, most notably with the werewolf retaining its weakness for silver. Presumably, then, IT's particularly vulnerable when IT impersonates a mere human. This is one of the reasons IT keeps reverting to Pennywise's clothes when someone realizes IT's ruses — once people realize IT's IT, IT no longer has human vulnerability, even when IT has a human's shape.
- Richie Tozier actually seems to serve a very useful function for The Loser's Club. As a child, he tends to be the one to Mode Lock IT whenever IT appears. It was he who was convinced that IT was the Teenaged Werewolf, and he who saw IT as The Crawling Eye. IT was locked into the form, and vulnerability, that Richie chose for IT. And as an adult, he was still the most childlike of the Loser's Club, meaning that his immaturity allowed him to fight IT in the Ritual of Chud when Bill couldn't. Or, as Richie so eloquently put it when IT railed at him that the Losers were all too old to defeat IT, "Hey bitch, you're never too old to rock and roll."
- It's only in the book, but Beverly's father chases her all over town when he means to finally kill her. But think about it; he's a man in his forties who works a fairly exhausting job, where does a man like that get the energy to chase a healthy, fairly athletic twelve-year-old? From IT. Not only does IT crawl in behind the eyes of people you care about, it makes them stronger.
- What impregnated IT?
- Or... who?
- Maybe IT was asexual? Or born pregnant, like a Tribble.
- How many eggs could Ben have missed?!
- Eddie's wife will likely never know what happened to her husband. Unless the Losers contacted her offscreen, she has no way of knowing that he was killed. In spite of how annoying and neurotic she was, she did seem to love Eddie, and for all she knows he just suddenly walked out one day and never came back.
- Beverly, at around eleven years old, is penetrated by six boys one after another in a row in a sewer. At eleven. How incredibly painful that must have been by the end.
- When IT takes Georgie's appearance, IT's locked into that form, more vulnerable than any others IT takes over the course of the book. This is itself a taunt on Bill, though, since Bill would have to kill helpless Georgie all over again to take advantage of IT's weakness.
- The Losers still had troubles after defeating IT as children. We know that Ben eventually managed to win his battle with obesity, but Beverly had been the subject of her father's interest for some time, and was actively trying to escape him when IT was pulling his strings the day of that last childhood battle with IT.
- In The Movie, when the Deadlights pass over the Losers in the first sewer scene, they glance up and see a grid of lights that later appears on the Giant Spider 's chest.
- Beverly deduces that the whole town of Derry knows something is amiss because an old man wouldn't help her. Note that this is only an issue with the movie.
- It works by attacking people in the form of whatever it is that they fear most. But what happens when someone has a more abstract fear, like drowning, heights, or being buried alive? What form would It take then?