For years I didn’t know that there even was a book. I thought Roman Polanski’s 1968 film was the one-stop-shop for this tale of a woman who is about to give birth to Satan’s baby. Little did I know that the book came first. Little did I know that Iva Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby is one of three books credited for spawning the horror paperback novel trend (Along with William Peter Blatty’s novel The Exorcist and Thomas Tryon’s book The Other).
The book is more mysterious and suspenseful than the film. However, the film’s cast is excellent. Ruth Gordon is great. And who can forget that other old lady shouting “Hail Satan!”
I suppose if someone put a gun to my head and demanded that I state a preference, I might then go with the book. But there is no gun to my head, so I don’t have to do that.