#FirstLineFriday Submissions Are Now Closed! Here’s the Answer to Our Quiz!

Submissions for #FirstLineFriday are officially closed now. My thanks to all who emailed me with their guesses. (ONE!) Sadly, we have no winners today, but I’m pretty sure most if not all of you have heard of this book and the hugely popular movie, even if you haven’t read it. (I read it and saw the film, but it was a long time ago, when I read a lot more horror than I do today.)

And now, here’s the answer to today’s quiz:

“Like the brief doomed flare of exploding suns that registers dimly on blind men’s eyes, the beginning of the horror passed almost unnoticed; in the shriek of what followed, in fact, was forgotten and perhaps not connected to the horror at all.” is the opening line from The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.

The Exorcist is a 1971 horror novel by American writer William Peter Blatty. The book details the demonic possession of eleven-year-old Regan MacNeil, the daughter of a famous actress, and the two priests who attempt to exorcise the demon. Published by Harper & Row, the novel was the basis of a highly successful film adaption released two years later, whose screenplay was also written and produced by Blatty, and part of The Exorcist franchise.

The novel was inspired by a 1949 case of demonic possession and exorcism that Blatty heard about while he was a student in the class of 1950 at Georgetown University. As a result, the novel takes place in Washington, D.C., near the campus of Georgetown University. In September 2011, the novel was reprinted by Harper Collins to celebrate its fortieth anniversary, with slight revisions made by Blatty as well as interior title artwork by Jeremy Caniglia.

One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd — levitating, speaking in tongues — her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest (Jason Miller), however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.


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That wraps it up for this week, folks. Thanks so much for taking part, and I hope you’ll stay tuned for another #FirstLineFriday quiz next week. See you then, if the bridge don’t go, an’ the creek don’t rise! In the meantime:

10 thoughts on “#FirstLineFriday Submissions Are Now Closed! Here’s the Answer to Our Quiz!

    • I thought so, too, but even though I read the book AND saw the movie, I didn’t recognize the line when I first came across it. However, in my defense, I read it when it first came out, so more than 40 years ago!!! Somehow, it fell out of my head! 😀

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    • I thought you might get it, Jeanne, but this was really a hard one, I think. And I definitely read the book and saw the movie. *shudder* I was never able to enjoy watching Linda Blair in anything after that. 😀

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    • It really was, and I read a LOT of scary things in those days. But this one was in a class of its own. And even so, I didn’t pick up on that first line, myself, either. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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    • It’s amazing how popular a book and the subsequent movie version can be, and yet we don’t always remember those opening lines. They’re so important, but so often get lost in the tale that follows. Glad you enjoyed the return of #FirstLineFriday. I hope to be slowly resuming my normal blogging schedule around here over the weeks ahead. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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    • I didn’t read it but once when it first came out, so over 40 years ago. That line was long gone for me, too, even though I also saw the movie when it was released. Scary stuff! I do like the line, though, and would have loved to see a couple of people answer correctly. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Annabelle! 🙂


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