<<In Stephen King's novel It
is an eternal entity that can shape shift and change forms. After arriving on Earth, It
would sleep for approximately 27 to 30 years at a time, then awaken to wreak chaos and feed (primarily on children's fear). The character is a menacing predatory entity which preys upon the children of Derry, Maine, roughly every 27 years, using a variety of powers that include the ability to shapeshift, manipulate, and go unnoticed by adults. During the course of the story, It
primarily appears in the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
apparently originated in a void containing and surrounding the Universe—a place referred to in the novel as the "Macroverse". It
arrived in our world during prehistoric times in a massive, cataclysmic event similar to an asteroid impact, in the place that would, in time, become Derry, Maine. The final physical form It
takes is that of an enormous spider, but this is the closest the human mind can comprehend. It
's actual form is not precisely what the children actually see. Instead, the natural form of It
exists in an inter-dimensional realm referred to by It
as the "deadlights" [which] are never seen, and their true form outside the physical realm is never revealed, only described as writhing, destroying orange lights
. Coming face to face with the deadlights drives any living being instantly insane.
's natural enemy is the "Abominable Snowman", another ancient dweller of King's "Macroverse" who, eons ago, created our universe and possibly others. The book suggests that It
, along with the Abominable Snowman, are themselves creations of a separate, omnipotent creator referred to as "the Other". The Abominable Snowman and It
are eternal enemies (creation versus consumption). It
may, in fact, be either a "twinner" of, or the actual one of the six greater demon elementals mentioned by Mia in The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah, as the Spider is not one of the Beam Guardians.
Some events are described through It
's point of view, through which It
describes itself as the "superior" being with the Abominable Snowman as someone "close to his superiority" and humans as mere "toys". It
is continually surprised by the children's victories over It
, and near the end, It
begins to question if It
is not as superior as It
had once thought. However, It
never feels that the individual children are strong enough to defeat It