"Carrie" focuses on the life of a young teenage girl, who comes from a poor household and is constantly teased by students at her local high school. When Carrie scrapes up enough money to buy some trendy clothing, she is ridiculed and bullied even more by her classmates. Wanting to exact revenge, Carrie eventually learns that she has telekinetic-supernatural abilities and uses them to her advantage.
Stephen King stated that he got the inspiration for the movie from two teenage girls he once knew. One girl was a student at a local high school in Hampden Academy, where King once taught. He specifically remembered the girl not fitting in with her peers. She was constantly bullied by her classmates because of her poor style of dress. After arriving at school one day in a totally new outfit, the kids made fun of her even more. The eccentric adolescent girl never really got over the incident. She committed suicide years later.
The real case most likely happened in the late 1960's or early 1970's. Stephen King was still teaching school in Maine at the time the book was published in 1974, according to the book "Stephen King From A To Z." The actual suicide may have taken place in the late 1970's or early 1980's.
The original "Carrie" movie is available to watch on DVD.
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