Continuing towards my goal of reading 60 books in 2012, I’ve finally finished my 4th book of the year, The Exorcist. Written by William Peter Blatty in 1971, The Exorcist tells the story of Regan MacNeil, a 12-year-old girl who becomes possessed by a demon.
The novel is based on a 1949 case of demonic possession that Blatty had heard of while studying at Georgetown University. The best-selling novel spawned a sequel, Legion, and a movie.
The Exorcist is an intriguing novel. I had seen the film as a child, and have always been interested in reading the book. The film follows the book almost to the letter, but I still found the book interesting to read. The scenes in the film that haunted me as a child still were haunting in the novel. One thing I found particularly interesting: the testing Regan underwent in the film seemed a little boring, but I found it quite fascinating in the book.
One aspect of the novel that surprised me was how short the exorcism was. That part in the film seemed to take longer, but then again, maybe it didn’t.
Part of what makes The Exorcist great is the anticipation for the “Big Show.” especially since I had already seen the film, I raced through the book just to read that part. Once I got there I enjoyed it immensely.
Watching the film you’re so wrapped up in the special effects, that the weight of what you’re actually seeing escapes you. Reading the act on the page was very enlightening for me. The aspects of the exorcism were made clear, and I was able to fully comprehend what had happened in that child’s bedroom.
I definitely recommend this book to horror fans who love the classics. I can’t actually say I found the novel to be scary, though that may be due to reading it years after seeing the movie repeatedly. All of the scares had been revealed, and there weren’t any in the book that didn’t make the film. One thing that was different was the ending. Not sure which I prefer to be honest. The novel’s of the film’s. If you have read The Exorcist, feel free to let me know which ending you prefer!
Join me next week when I do my review on this, and hopefully Vampire Academy. Until next time…
“And there lies the heart of it, perhaps: in unworthiness. For I think belief in God is not a matter of reason at all; I think it finally is a matter of love: of accepting the possibility that God could ever love us.”