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Stephen King is ‘Fascinated’ by Peoples’ Reactions to It’s Underage Orgy

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Stephen King is ‘Fascinated’ by Peoples’ Reactions to It’s Underage Orgy

A particular scene in Stephen King’s novel It, which involves children participating in an orgy, has been left out of both the television and film adaptations, but it’s still causing a stir online. Now, in response to an inquiry regarding an old interview in which he discussed the scene, King says he’s “fascinated” by what he feels is a misplaced focus by readers and critics.

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Vulture recently unearthed an old statement from King regarding the scene. “I wasn’t really thinking of the sexual aspect of it,” the author stated in 2013. “The book dealt with childhood and adulthood –1958 and Grown Ups. The grown ups don’t remember their childhood. None of us remember what we did as children–we think we do, but we don’t remember it as it really happened. Intuitively, the Losers knew they had to be together again. The sexual act connected childhood and adulthood. It’s another version of the glass tunnel that connects the children’s library and the adult library. Times have changed since I wrote that scene and there is now more sensitivity to those issues.”

When Vulture reached out for a statement from King, he responded. “That sounds like my statement” he confirmed. “To it I’d just add that it’s fascinating to me that there has been so much comment about that single sex scene and so little about the multiple child murders. That must mean something, but I’m not sure what.”

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Based on Stephen King’s classic novel of the same name, It stars Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton, Owen Teague and Logan Thompson. The film floats its way into theaters on Friday.

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