Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Book Review | Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin

Rosemary's Baby is a horror novel from Ira Levin.

Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin

Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, an ordinary young couple, settle into a New York City apartment, unaware that the elderly neighbors and their bizarre group of friends have taken a disturbing interest in them. But by the time Rosemary discovers the horrifying truth, it may be far too late!
I grew up with a mom who loves horror. When she first found out how much I love horror movies, she went a little overboard and we binge watched horror movies for weeks on end. I remember her excitement so clearly. "We have to watch The Shining! And Rosemary's Baby! And The Bad Seed! And! And!" Rosemary's Baby was at the top of her list. I went on to read King's The Shining many times, but Rosemary's Baby was a bit lost on me at that age. I recently found myself picking book after book off of my shelf, however, and nothing held my interest until I started reading Rosemary's Baby.

The first thing I noticed was how distinct the character's voices were. I fell in love with the characters immediately. I felt thankful for having seen the movie so I could prepare myself for what was to come!

I loved the foreshadowing, and I loved that Rosemary was surrounded by friends saying "something's not right here". She wasn't isolated into stupidity. It was easy to place myself in the role of Rosemary using logic and reason and trust, and it was terrifying. To make matters worse, SPOILER ALERT << Rosemary figures out exactly what is happening. She does what no girl in a horror story does - especially not back then - and she says fuck all y'all. She takes matters into her own hands, gets her own doctor, and she still gets handed right back to her husband. >> END SPOILER.

The movie leaves more to the imagination than the book does. I love how the book ends. WHAT WOULD YOU DO? It's a mom ending, and I love it hard core.

10/10: Awesome Read

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14 comments:

  1. I've seen this movie a few times but never read the novel. I'll have to put it on my list of books to read before I'm too blind to see the words :)

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    1. I'm so glad I finally read it after all these years.

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  2. I've never read the book but have always enjoyed the movie. I grew up just the opposite with my Mom disliking horror but my Dad loved it. When she was pregnant with me, Dad took her to see Rosemary's Baby. She always told me it took months for her to forgive him. Hmmm...maybe that's another reason I love horror so much!

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    1. Ha! They are definitely the opposite. My dad doesn't do horror. :)

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  3. I haven't seen the movie or read the book. Looks like I'm going to have to check one or both out.

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    1. Yes! You and hubs should do a movie night with Rosemary's Baby. :)

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  4. This isn't my favorite movie, but you totally make me want to read the book! :)

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    1. It's not my favorite movie, either, although it's been a pretty good while since the last time I saw it. I'm sure my perspective has changed. I'm actually glad I waited to read the book.

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  5. I've only seen the movie, but I've wanted to read the book for a while, I always thought it would be scarier.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. It's a really great read. The book is always better, right? :)

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  6. I havent read this one yet, but I really need to! I grew up loving horror books, but didnt have a cool mom to introduce me to all the movies. :) That sounds like so much fun!

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    1. It was a lot of fun! :) If you read this, you should watch the movie, too.

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  7. Yay! I completely intended on reading this for October last year but it's definitely happening this year. :D

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