The Exorcist is a horror novel by American writer William Peter Blatty. The book details the demonic possession of eleven-year-old Regan MacNeil, the. The Exorcist book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Originally published in , The Exorcist is now a major televisio. Originally published in , The Exorcist is now a major television series on Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the month in fiction, nonfiction.
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Originally published in , The Exorcist is now a major television series on FOX. It remains one of Enlarge Book Cover Audio Excerpt. Left hand banner -. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. The classic horror novel The Exorcist inspired an even creepier movie, but author Mark Danielewski says after he saw the film, it changed the.
One surprising disappointment concerns the ending.
Three weeks before Blatty was due to deliver the manuscript, Hollywood made an offer for him to start the screenplay. There are few books as deserving of the hype as this one. William Peter Blatty passed away in That author was Stephen King.
Book vs. Film: The Exorcist
No pressure … The Film December 26th, , and Americans heading to their local fleapit may have chanced a few bucks on the new horror flick opening that Boxing Day. But the film belongs to one person. The reception Critics were divided, but the public loved it.
Following a small domestic opening at the end of word spread, and by the time the UK got it the following March, The Exorcist was everywhere. More impressive though, when the domestic box office is likewise adjustedThe Exorcist becomes the ninth most successful movie of all timein North America.
The Exorcist garnered 10 nominations at the 46thAcademy Awards, including three of the four acting honours, and won for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound Mixing well deserved, as the sound is key to the unsettling feel.
It was supposed to be a rumination on faith, not a fright-fest. Luckily, when he wrote the screenplay, such reservations seem to have been forgotten. The bed levitating and head-spinning are, unsurprisingly, more effective in the film.
The demon threatens to kill her by not letting Regan sleep, leading to Karras bringing in a cardiologist who confirms she is indeed close to death. I devoured the story of a little girl possessed by an ancient demon, and the lengths the people around her go to exorcise the spirit from her body. And as I neared the end I read it every chance I got, and by the very end, I no longer cared if my parents knew.
I wasn't. I was thrilled, and even moved. Curiously, after I read the book, my parents suddenly decided it was OK for me to see the film. And they were right.
Nothing about its graphic content overwhelmed me, and whatever fear I experienced came more from what remains after overwrought expectations face the disappointment of their own exaggerations. It wasn't the most terrifying thing I'd ever seen.
I didn't pass out. The Bantam edition Mark Danielewski first read.
Recently while at Powell's bookstore in Portland, Ore. Gone were the imaginings of my year-old self.
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Cobb and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge had not eased their hold on those pages. Fortunately, as I have discovered — and as perhaps you have too — this is not the case for all books: Charlotte's Web shrugs off its animated mimic; Moby-Dick suffers not even a clinging harpoon from any one of its challengers; To Kill a Mockingbird, despite the quality of the film, laughingly continues on as something else.
The Exorcist, however, remains entirely possessed by the movie it summoned. I wonder: Am I alone in this experience?It spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, seventeen consecutively at number one. It is something that words do no justice for; it is only felt, and I felt it so strongly that I could hardly bear it.
Sign up now. I was shocked that someone who shared a religion with my mother would even own such an ominous, forbidden evil thing; we put it on immediately. Really scared me?
In Provo, Utah, where I grew up, Mormon children — and in my world that meant all of my friends — reported how just a glimpse resulted in actual, irreversible possession.
But in some ways my Mormon friends had been right: As soon as I got home, I confessed my sin.
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