Like millions of people around the world I have read and enjoyed most of the Stephen King novels I have read and that includes IT. Now is it as good as The Stand? no, but it was still really good. Much like the TV movie for The Stand, the TV version of IT fell well short.
I give the TV movies a break because hey It's broadcast television and it would be tough to portray all the death and macabre of these two classic novels onto a TV screen with all the restrictions. Now IT get's a chance to redeem itself on the big screen with a rated R version of the classic book. I think there is no possible way this movie could get any worse than the TV version.