Monday, October 01, 2012
Book To Movie Monday (21)
For this weeks Book to Movie Monday I have decided to cover the Book To Movie conversion of The Exorcist.
First Let's Discuss The Book. Below Is The Cover:
Now for a little back story in case some of you aren't familiar with the Novel. The Exorcist is a novel written by William Peter Blatty. The book was published by Harper & Row in 1971 and inspired by a demonic possession and exorcism case that the Author heard about while studying at University. For the 40th Anniversary edition the Author added a new character and has been quoted as saying this is the edition he would like to be remembered for.
Let's look at some of the characters now shall we.
Father Damian Karras- A Jesuit psychiatrist who has a crisis of Faith after meeting the possessed Regan.
Regan MacNeil- Regan is a 12 year old little girl who becomes possessed by a demon. She has grown up in an Atheist household but questions her mothers beliefs or lack thereof. Her parents are also in the middle of a divorce. After determining that Regans bizarre behavior isn't neurological her mother contacts Father Karras about being possessed.
Major differences between the Book and the Movie.
In the Book we follow the subplot of Karl and Willie's daughter.
In the Movie this is left out.
In the Book there is much more doubt concerning Regan's possession and practically every Medical diagnosis is thrown at her to describe away her behavior.
In the Movie its established as demonic from the get go.
In the Book Father Damian's loss of faith plays an important part in healing Regan.
In the Movie its just glossed over that Father Damian isn't the believer he once was.
In the Book Burke is portrayed as a pretty big jerk.
In the Movie the character is almost likable.
In the Book Regan playing with the Ouija board and communicating with Captain Howdy is an integral part of the storyline.
In the Movie the Ouija board and reference to Captain Howdy are shown but quickly forgotten as important.
Ultimately I have to go with the book being better. While visually the movie is a great cinematic achievement it just cannot reach the horror that occurs within the pages of the novel. Definitely check out both and see for yourself. Let me know if you do as I'm curious to see your thoughts.
Well that about wraps up this weeks Book to Movie Monday. I'll post the movie trailer down below in case your curious. Have a recommend for an upcoming Book to Movie let me know in the comments below.