Stephen King thought Richie Tozier's unrequited love twist brought 'It Chapter Two' "full circle".
The 71-year-old author's horror classic has been adapted for the big screen, and he feels Finn Wolfhard and Bill Hader's character having a crush on his friend Eddie Kasprak (Jack Dylan Grazer and James Ransom) was an inspired decision by screenwriter Gary Dauberman and director Andy Muschietti.
He told Vanity Fair: "No, I never did [build that element in the book].
"But again, it's one of those things that's kind of genius, because it echoes the beginning. It comes full circle."
Both the novel and the second movie open with a young gay man called Adrian Mellon who is brutally murdered, and King thought both that and Richie's love for Eddie were linked together.