Stephen King’s IT (Book) – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis


What’s happenin, baby? This week on Thug
Notes, we straight CLOWNIN’ with IT, by Stephen King. That movie scared the sh*t outta me. First thang you betta recognize
is this big-a** book always jumpin across two time periods. But since tellin it like
dat would be a b***h, I’m gonna lay it on y’all chronologically. Da year is 1957 and
it’s rainin’ BALLS in the town of Derry, Maine; where lil’ shawty George playin’
wit a paper boat made by his older brother Bill. S’all good til dat boat flow in to
a storm drain where- “Da hell is a clown doin down there?!” Man they got
some weird crackheads in Derry. Anyway, George try to snatch da boat back, but dat clown
straight RIPS his arm off. Woo! he dead. Three months go by and a boy named Ben rollin back
to the crib when “HOLD UP! There’s dat same red nose hater!” The clown axe if he
wanna grab a balloon and chill and Ben’s tempted, but he say “nah, blood. I’m straight.”
and the Clown turn in to a damn MUMMY and Ben like “mm-MM!” and BOOKS it. Later, Ben tryna’ duck a thug named Henry
Bowers and his crew of gangbangers by layin low in the barrens, where he become tight
with two homies who also gettin their a**es whooped by Henry: George’s older bro Bill,
and this cat Eddie. Next day, Ben, Bill, an’ Eddie ghetto rigging a dam when some other
young bloods named Richie and Stan drop by. Turns out most of em beein seein that clown
on the reg- so has a girl named Beverly and a brutha named Mike! Together, all these cats
make up The Losers Club. Richie thinking this clown gotta be da one ghostin all these lil’ kids
in Derry. Eventually they recognize da clown shacked up in the sewers and change shape
usin some s*** called “glamour.” Aparrently, da only way to end dat fool is by bustin’
a mad lyrical flow of jokes n’ riddles while biting on IT’s tongue. It’s called “The
ritual of Chud” and yeah man- it sounds pretty freaky! But I like it. Mike show da Losers his daddy’s
collection of old-a** photos- and what do ya know? Dat clown all up in those crusty
stills! Man this dude older than- “oh DAMN!” the clown try to BUST outta dat photo and
be all like “Break Yo’selves fools cuz I’m comin for ya!” Oh I don’t like this clown, man. So the Losers do the
logical thing and get sooooo high, and trip ballz imagining IT crash on Earth
millions of years ago. Later, IT gets even whiter when he shapeshifts
in to the moon and start conversatin’ with Henry Bowers. He slides him a blade and say
“Psst. Bruh. Yo daddy and dat girl Beverly GOT TO GO.” So SHANK! Papa Bowers get TOOKEN
out. Henry get the jump on Bev, and while she strugglin’, two hoods just watch it
go down without even doin nuthin. But Bev don’t play, man. HIIIYA! She kicks him right
in the NUTS and bails to go hook up with the Losers. Bill start gettin crunk bout how all
the adults don’t give a f*** bout whats happenin to kids in Derry. So they decide
THEY gotta be the ones to pull up on on dat beasty. So they crew up and head
down to the sewers. Thang is, Henry and his posse creepin on em from behind. But it ain’t
long before IT ghosts both of Henry’s boys, and Henry get lost fo’ hours. After WRECKIN’
IT with an inhaler and some choice words, The Losers roll up on IT’s Lair and Bill
gets his a** lost in some kind of void. And if you think this jam was trippy before, peep
this shit out: A GIANT TURTLE who created the universe say “Yo if you wanna kill IT, you best start
layin down that CHUD.” So Bill start flowin, bite down on the monster’s tongue, and IT
scurry away like a lil ol b***h. Lil ol clown b***h. Afta’ dat, The Losers cain’t find their
way outta the tunnels, but Beverly got an idea: “Hey boys, drop yo drawers and f***
ME!” Wait.. what.. these kids are only 11. Stephen, man! So after an assembly line of
da freak nasty – POOF – the Losers find their way out of the sewers. They all swear that
if the creature ain’t dead, they gotta come back and put it in the ground- no matta what.
As fo’ Henry? Dat fool get tossed in the loony bin and takes the fall for all of IT’s
murders. Damn. Twenty-seven years later, children start disappearing in Derry again and Mike
gettin ‘spicious. So he holla at his old crew and say: “Get yo’ a**es over here,
bloods! IT is back!” So all the Losers hustle back to Derry, except Stan who get so wigged
out he SLITS HIS DAMN WRISTS. Meanwhile, Henry get a visit from IT who tell him it’s time
to bust outta da big house to get revenge on da Losers. Da clown bein a real dick making
the Losers relive all kindsa nasty mess from their childhood. And if that ain’t enough,
Bev’s a**hole hubby and Bill’s wife come to town unannounced. Later, Henry Bowers shanks Mike at the library,
but he still kickin’. With a lil’ help from IT, Henry head over the hotel to ghost
the Losers, but Eddie keep it clutch and mercs Henry the way most gangsters do it- with a bottle
of perrier. Oh classic. After gettin word that Mike got wrecked and IT mindcontrolled Bev’s husband
to snatch Bill’s woman, the Losers are like “‘nuff f***in around man. Time to end this
fool!” After seein MO’ crazy s***, The losers drop in at IT’s digs. Bill, Richie,
and Eddie start layin down the ritual of chud, head up in to dat void, and IT CHOMPS Eddie’s
damn ARM off. He dead. When da monster start crawlin away, Ben bust every one of its eggs
and Bill crushes IT’s heart like a G. Now that IT’s finally dead, they grab Bill’s
wife and chunk deuces outta the tunnel. No gangbang required this time. All the Losers
go their separate ways and slowly start to forget what the hell just happened. Bill’s
wife all whacked out in the head from da craziness she saw, but after Bill gives her a ride on
his hoopty-a** childhood bike she snaps right out of it, but still don’t remember what went
down. You might be thinkin- why would a gnarly beast
like IT set up shop in a hood like Derry? Well, this spot ain’t da innocent small
town it seem like. All dat Leave it to Beaver bulls*** got a dark side brewin under it:
peoples who are crooked, violent, racist as f***, and don’t give a damn bout whats happenenin’
to these lil’ kids. See, IT actin’ like a mirror of the crooked-a** people in Derry. Just peep
this quote of homies jabberin’ bout the monster: “The one glimpse I caught of him,
it looked like he had a Winchester bolt-action, and it wasn’t until later that I figured
out I must have thought that because that’s what I had. Biff Marlow thought he had a Remington,
because that was what he had. And when I asked Jimmy about it, he said that guy was shooting
an old Springfield, just like his. Funny, huh?” Erry brutha remember da monster packin the
same piece they were packin, reppin dat the clown is a reflection of all the raw violence
inside da heart of all dem hoodrats. Matta fact, ain’t no mistake that IT roll around
decked out like a clown. Cuz just like a clown, the people of Derry seem nice to kids on the
outside, but on the inside, it’s all bulls***. Dat clown wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t
for Derry’s dark deeds. See, IT is only able to hit the scene when a horrible event
go down- like child abuse or murder. It’s like a gnarly cycle where the messed up thangs
the Derry-folk do inspires IT to terrorize da people, which then encourages the people
to do even MORE whack s***. And cuz this cycle just keep goin and goin, IT been chillin in
Derry for a LONG a** time. “…It’s become a part of Derry, something as much a part
of the town as the Standpipe, or the Canal, or Bassey Park, or the library. Only It’s
not a matter of outward geography… Somehow It’s gotten inside.” This whole cycle jam go even deeper cuz there
be circular imagery all up in this huge-a** book. The kids circle back to their hood roots
when they return to Derry as adults to lay a whoop on the monster, Beverly replaced her
abusive daddy with an abusive husband. Da only way they able to beat IT in the end is
by throwin back to the mental states of their childhood and flexin’ their imagination.
They even recognize dat past events happenin all over again, like when big boy Ben peep
some beezy reading the same story she read to him back in the day: “Am I supposed to
believe that’s just coincidence? Because I don’t… Is something really stapling
the past and present together here, or am I only imagining it?” Da Losers always form a circle at important
points: like when they promise to wreck IT if he dare show his face in Derry again, when adults
try to remember what went down back then, and even when errybody gather round to tap
Beverly’s a… nevermind I can’t say that sh*t she’s only like 11. Maybe all this cycle jive
just preachin’ a greater point about evil. Just like IT, evil been around since the beginning
of time, but its only when humans arrived that IT started to take shape. And since humans
keep doin dark deeds over and over again, IT been thriving fo centuries! So maybe thats
King’s message- Evil only becomes for real when humans allow it to take control of us
and guide all our nasty qualities like greed, jealousy, and violence. “It’s always been
here, since the beginning of time… since before there were men anywhere… It was here
then, sleeping, maybe, waiting for the ice to melt, waiting for the people to come Yo, thanks for chillen with my in my library today
ya’ll. Peace!

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100 thoughts on “Stephen King’s IT (Book) – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis”

  1. rimbluebooks says:

    Finished this book yesterday 📖 I loved it ❤

  2. Ginger Luigi With No Moustache says:

    Oof me and my two friends once whipped out one of SK uncensored books and read at play rehearsal . The one who brought the book was cleanest of us all and just laughed as it detailed a gun and a butt and two men

  3. numaTruehome 100 says:

    Can you do to the lighthouse?

  4. tultsi93 says:

    You forgot to mention Beverly's husband's died in shock by seeing It's real form.

  5. David Burnham says:

    What the fuck is the point of the gang bang anyways???

  6. Maria M. says:

    I LOVE THESE! If you guys are still making thess you guys should make a video for 'The Man In The High Castle'

  7. Omega Styles says:

    Do bonfire of the vanities

  8. Kyle Crawford says:

    First time seeing thug notes and I'm hooked, this had me dying.

  9. Atharva S says:


  10. Valerie Asbell says:

    Do Waiting for Godot! 🙂

  11. TheShadedOfInnsmouth says:

    1138 pages in hardcover. I still remember from eighth grade. Which was a scary age to read that book.

  12. Xoxo_kk says:

    I’d love to hear your analysis of “The Master and Margarita” by Bulgakov

  13. Jango Yifftail says:

    So what was the point of the gang bang scene anyway? How does THAT magically get the kids out of the sewer?

  14. emcdonald says:

    Dude, I have both read and listened to IT countless times. (Actually it is one of the best audiobook performances I have ever heard. Steven Weber deserves an award.) You made points in your analysis I’d never considered. Excellent, very well thought out synopsis and review. I am about to binge your other videos, especially Donna Tartt…. if you haven’t done The Secret History, please please consider it? You are so good

  15. Jasonite _ gaming says:


  16. Almighty Gekido says:

    Could you do the Dark Knight Returns

  17. lachlan lapidge says:

    do the gulag acapellago

  18. Strawberry ! says:

    I never watched it so idk if it was an over dramatic joke but did they actually fuck?! Did they put it in the movie???

  19. Spooky Boyy says:

    Is he still doing things ?
    Where is he !

  20. Alex Anderson says:

    Excellent summary, well articulated. Totally subscribed

  21. Yolo Flame says:

    Cry you thug

  22. Arrin Mixon says:

    That's fucked that assembly line shit ain't true?

  23. GRasputin91 says:

    Don't forget to make honorable mention of Tim Curry and his "WA-HA! WA-HA! WA-HA!"

  24. Grand Admiral Lillard99 says:

    4:14 did this actually happen?

  25. SilverKnight says:

    "And it sounds pretty freaky. …But I like it." LOL

  26. Notorious K.A.J says:

    Steven maaaan nasty fool

  27. Joshua Waring says:

    Do some more Lovecraft

  28. Fewch Soho says:

    "They got some weird crackheads in Derry" LMAO!

  29. RhythmGrizz says:

    I honestly think this whole book, movie is stupid af

  30. Sarah Scroggins says:

    Good courageous message in this story…

  31. Do I Know You says:

    "Stephen, mang…."


    leik damn vid bro yea

  33. thịnh trần bá says:

    Shiit, gangbang at 11. Of course. What else more horror then that.

  34. yung skittl3z62 says:


  35. Carl Gustafson says:

    Where was this when I was a kid?

  36. Jessica Lopez says:


  37. Lacey Star says:

    Love this series you learn new things every day.

  38. Epic Joyful Creations says:

    I feel like he could’ve just gone the blood pact route. Cliché, yes. But it’s a heck of a lot better than a group of eleven year old in a fucking gang bang. Jesus Christ, Stephen.

  39. Ruby Castillo says:

    ACTUALLY, the gangbang was supposed to connect them both spiritually and physically. That way, if they get lost, they can find each other. And it worked. Even as adults.

  40. Taylor bassinger says:

    You should do water ship down

  41. Chris Mel says:

    I think I will skip this one because of the child orgy. I don't see how that qualifies as becoming a man when it is so gruesome.

  42. SGD Myrddin says:

    “Drop ya draws and fuck me!… Wait, whut?” XD

  43. Saiko Kujo says:

    This book was a HOT MESS.

  44. Tom McDermott says:

    See, I never thought of It as drawn to malice; it's too strong for that. To me, it generates malevolence, it's power dominates and perverts everything around it. With It in their midst, Derry was doomed before day one.

  45. Rosalina & Luna says:

    "it sounds freaky but I like it" hahahaha

  46. Peyton's Playlists says:


  47. Native Engine says:

    The Gunslinger by Stephen King, please!

  48. Sergio Augusto says:

    miss you dr sweets

  49. Savannah says:

    No GaNg bAnG rEqUiReD tHiS tiMe

  50. antwan1357 says:

    When I read a novel IT came too close to home for me . Parents that don't care about kids CHECK. Sadistic bully that kills other kids CHECK. If I was writing a realistic novel about what is going on in IT. I'd say the kids are inserting a clown into some bullsht story about how they killed a bully.

  51. TheBigCheese 42 says:

    I watched the Macbeth Thug Notes and now i can just hear his voice in my head every GCSE lit exam i have 😂

  52. can i kickit says:

    This is one of the best things I have ever seen on YouTube…hands down

  53. LavenderClockwork says:

    Please review Pet Sematary

  54. David Macomber says:

    Do war horse for tour next vid

  55. Alvonee Scotonee says:

    anyone else notice the green screen at 0:14

  56. Eric M says:

    The pictures of adult Richie is kind of creepy… sure he ain't It?

  57. Phaedra Opielski says:

    Y'all should do Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  58. Vinny Raptor says:

    Yo, why you so cool, though?

  59. Mr Redmond Music says:

    Yo! thug o.g, please make video's for Stephen king's the shining, Carrie,Cujo,Christine and Salem's lot.

  60. Haxy Quinn says:

    XD Im watching all this series

  61. lyrikheavnly says:

    Lmaooo I love how this ain’t even the story but it is😂💀

  62. Hate Speaker Sargon Of akkad says:

    Very nice

  63. Pundertale Fan says:

    Thank you for making this plot understandable. I had no idea what was going on before.

  64. Mickel Bailey says:

    He should really try doing The Dark Tower series, or at least the first book.

  65. Swag Pug says:

    He has a big Ass chain that’s worth more than ya life

  66. mothman84 says:

    Thug Notes: where foreigners who think they are fluent in English come to get frustrated and depressed… 😉

  67. Do The Dew says:

    this is my favorite videos from wisecrack. i see how they separated the alien guy, im surprised they didn't separate you. I'm very very glad you are still in, i love these!

  68. Wshaka malaka says:

    I miss these

  69. 1 2 says:

    HEY! What happened? It's been a year. WHERE is my thug notes! Bring back Prof Sweets!

  70. Jesse Flear says:

    Greatest novel of all time… you just butchered it…. but not in a good way… you suck at YouTube. Seriously!

  71. tat lawson says:

    this damn parody synopsis is better than most channels whose mission it is to discuss books without clowning…no pun intended

  72. jordon legge says:

    what the fuck happened to thug notes

  73. Im a statistic says:

    Stephen King
    Tripping balls and writing books since 1974

  74. Kimberly Foster says:

    Please do fantastic mr fox by roald dahl.

  75. Gilbeto Rodela says:

    Bring back thug notes

  76. crazy cocopuff says:

    Do 2001 space odyssey

  77. MC MP says:

    Speck in the sea

  78. Forever/ Endeavor says:

    Lmfao these are amazing, the clown being a real dick.. lol

  79. Goodvibe - says:

    that is the strangest story i've ever heard.

  80. Supah Da Boss says:

    Why is the closest thing that wisecrack has to having a show with black people( wisecrack is a channel for discourse and deconstruction of our best media properties and there comparison to our real world philosophy) called thug notes …… Really so to have a black guy on here sounding intelligent is too much for wisecrack so a channel that analyzes so much didn't see this as ummmm problematic I know it's comedy but yeah…. No

  81. laserwolf65 says:

    Where did Thug Notes go?

  82. lwandile dube says:

    4:11 Wow. I've been holding off on finishing the audible so that I could finish IT: Chapter 2 first

  83. G-Luke says:

    Why does nobody demonize the extremely graphic death and violence of children the same way they demonize the gross sex scene? It kinda says something about how society internalizes violence, especially involving the youth.

  84. thyironfist says:

    I am so thankful to find thug notes! So awesome!


    This brother sound like he from the deep deep hood. Good explanation tho.

  86. Brent Pilgrim says:

    I miss this guy where is he?

  87. Brent Pilgrim says:

    “Stephen maaaaannn” lmfao

  88. Angel Albright says:

    Could you do a Thug Notes on 'In Cold Blood' by Truman Capote?

  89. Samantha Mitchell says:

    Can you do misery?

  90. Brandon Morel Rojas says:

    I need Subtitles for this one

  91. Tyrique Daniel says:

    Wtf is this racist shit

  92. Black Sambo says:

    You need a better chair

  93. ANU START says:

    rip thug notes

  94. Nelson Smith says:

    Damn. Random Thug Note vid popped up in my YT feed, and I thought Sparky was back.

  95. Yayoi4 says:

    I'm obsessed with this review's style 😂

  96. Momo says:

    This guy actually carried me in high school English.

  97. J2 C says:

    This guy reminds me of a black Gilbert Godfrey

  98. Bijan Bryen Williams says:

    Deep i don t like the negative portrayal but the thought process openned my eyes big time. It is one of my favorite novels from child hood but i just loved the story like many of King's works. This however gave me a moment of pause to examine it further got to reread

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