Background To This Video English Lesson
This man is describing a book and the main character in the book, a girl called Carrie. He compares the book to the movie that was made about it, and describes the way the book is written.
Teacher's Notes on This Lesson's English Expression
This phrase is an idiom, that means that she is feeling so stressed and under so much pressure that she almost feels she cannot cope any longer. She might feel like she wants to scream, hit someone or something, or do something very strange!
Video Lesson Script
"Carrie" by Steven King. This was Steven King's first novel, filled with kind of classic horror elements. In this book, Carrie is a teenage girl who has telekinetic powers* but doesn't discover them until she is very stressed out one day in the girls' locker room* and then later on she's pushed to the edge during her first prom*. Probably most people have seen the movie, and if not, they've seen parts of the movie, Sissy Spacek is awesome in it. I couldn't help but thinking of the movie while I was reading the book, and there's some differences between the way that the book portrays Carrie and the way that the movie does. But, all in all, I was ok with it. The book was enjoyable, although I have to say, I wasn't particularly terrified or even super-horrified while reading it, it was just really interesting and mildly horrifying, so maybe at the time this came out it was really terrifying and horrifying to people, but at this point in history maybe not so much, turning more into a classic I guess.
*telekinetic powers = the power to move an object without touching it, but by thinking about it
*locker room = the room at a high school where the students have locakable cupboards to store their books and bags
*prom = a dance party in the evening for school students, organised by the school