THE OMEN
Written by David Seltzer

1976 **1/2 202 pages

I've never been a huge fan of The Omen. I enjoy the film once in a while, but that's about it. Finally, I got the desire to read the book. It's hard to say whether or not the film or the book was written first, as David Seltzer wrote both and both came out simultaneously. In this case, though, the film is definitely better. The novel is very sloppily written, flowing nonsensically from one story to the next without a break or a chapter stop. The book also goes into some Satan-worshipping details that are really unnecessary. If you're a fan of the film, stay away from the book.


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