Review of The Exorcist

Posted October 2, 2017 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

Review of The ExorcistThe Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Genres: Horror
Published by HarperTorch Pages: 385
Format: eBook
Source: Bought

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Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

Here is what I thought

I think because I watched the movie years ago that I just set my expectations for this book too high. The movie totally creeped me out and was scary and this book wasn’t.

To be honest I felt like most of the book was filler in between the Regan parts and found it kind of boring at times. I thought there wasn’t enough spooky Regan though some of the parts did make me a bit squeamish and there was some creepy elements but when all is said and done the exorcism part was kind of anticlimactic and it was like really that is it.

I also had a hard time believing that the Catholic church didn’t believe in the devil as a reason why none of the priest believed in possession and thought it more of a mental illness. ( looked it up to make sure…lol) It was more that this younger priest was having problems with his faith as he was more of a man of science since he was a trained psychiatrist. I thought he was never going to decide if she was possessed or not it’s like come on man, normal people don’t do that!

The police detective sort of drove me crazy because he reminded me a lot of Columbo and I felt like his part in the story was filler too because he just said the most stupidest things and it was like seriously get to the point. Just ask her the questions you want to ask and quiet dilly dallying around! I mean seriously he would say he doesn’t want to talk to her houseman Karl, but then literally rang the doorbell again and said how inconvenient it was but could he talk to Karl!!! It was stuff like that that just drove me nuts.

Overall, I am glad that I read it and I did find it interesting but I think I just set myself up to high in hopes of scare factor. I really think this time it was a serious case of should have read the book first before watching movie. Normally it doesn’t bother me but since the movie was so creepy I thought the book would be and it was just meh. 🙁

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4 responses to “Review of The Exorcist

  1. In rare occasions, the movie can be better. I know you struggled with this one sometimes but hey, at least you got it read which was one of your goals this Halloween season. Have you checked out the series yet? I watched a few episodes of Season 1 and watched the first one of Season 2 Saturday so now I need to go back and catch up. It isn’t bad.

  2. I wonder how you would have felt if you had read the book first? I find books never live up to movies if I have seen first, read later.

  3. I felt the same way. I should write a review too as I recently read this. Found a copy at my local used book store and decided it would be fun to read since the movie scared the crap put of me.

  4. I read this probably a year before it got to be such a bestseller. I knew little to nothing going into it and I’ll be honest it scared the bewilikers out of me. I think my whole family passed it around back then. I believe I was in college back then. So maybe it was my age-I loved horror back then-but I do remember not being able to put it down. The movie was good, I thought as well. If I read it now I might not like it at all. Sorry it wasn’t as good as you wanted it to be!

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