book review: the exorcist

the exorcist
3.5 stars!

tw: sexism, homophobia, anti semitism, use of the word f**got

I did it! I read the book that is based on one of my boyfriend’s favorite movies. Holy cow, do I feel proud of myself. That being said, this was…certainly a different book and I have some thoughts.

Okay, maybe I have been spoiled by demon possession movies but this wasn’t scary like I thought it was going to be. I’m trying to keep in mind that this book was written in the 70’s so back then, it would have been absolutely terrifying. But I wasn’t super terrified. I was more or less nervous for Regan. I didn’t want anything bad to happen to her or her family. I think the feeling I was feeling was dread. Pure straight dread.

But besides the lack of scare factor, this book was good. It was written so weirdly though. It was very stattico like. Random cut off sentences and weird thoughts coming from the MCs. It was almost off putting but I must appreciate how unusual it was. Certainly quite a risk. It almost worked for the way the story progressed.

I think my main problem with this book is I didn’t get a chance to know Regan. After all, she was the one that was possessed. I got to learn about her through the eyes of Chris, her mom. Had Blatty written this with Regan’s POV, it would have been a lot more scary. It would have been horrifying.

Overall, I ain’t mad. This book is a classic and it spawned a good movie (well 4 (four) movies I believe, but I’ve only seen the first one) and a fantastic TV show (this is now cancelled. #SaveTheExorcist) I was the inspiration for hundreds of possession movies, I’m sure. WIlliam Peter Blatty is a master of his craft, there is not doubt about that.




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