Today I want to talk about Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House.
I have to admit that I watched the Netflix series before reading the book (the first time I do so), but only because I already knew they were not related.
The book and the series
As I told you, they tell different stories. If you have seen the series and want to read the book, expect something totally different.
In any case, the series takes sentences literally from the book and introduces them to the dialogues, which I think is a very nice detail. In addition, the characters are slightly based on those in the book.
It is the first time that I don’t hate adaptation; I have been able to enjoy two different good stories.
Dr. Montague has a great interest in the paranormal world so, after learning about the legend of Hill House, he decides to contact a group of people to spend a summer together in the house and be able to study the phenomena that take place.
The experiment gets out of hand when the house begins to clearly influence one of its guests, endangering the lives of them all.
“Journeys end in lovers meeting.”
I loved the story; it has a special strength that lacks the series. Everything happens in a week but the feeling when you are reading is that the characters have been locked there for months.
One of the things I liked the most is that the characters never see any ghost, they only hear them. This raises the question of whether things are really happening or if it is all a product of agitated minds when believing they are in a haunted house.
In short, it is a very interesting book that presents ghost stories in a different way. Disturbing, psychological and with a very fast pace.