But the book, which tells the tale of a group who spend time in a rumored haunted mansion as part of a parapsychological study, is a slim volume, less than pages. How and why! Of course, the answer is simple: The television version of The Haunting of Hill House is not necessarily an adaptation of Shirley Jackson's novel.
In fact, it's an entirely different story centered around a family whose lives have been affected by their traumatic experiences in the haunted house. As far as adaptations go, it's not faithful to the original book's plot at all. But it does manage to take the themes of Jackson's novel, and its reliance on psychological terror, and turn it into something new.
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That's not to say the TV show's plot isn't heavily informed by the book's, even if they are so dissimilar. The central figure in the novel is Dr. John Montague, who is fascinated by Hill House's tragic history. He assembles three volunteers for his spooky study: Theodora, who experiences ESP; Luke, a raconteur and heir to Hill House; and Nell, a shy and nervous woman haunted by the death of her mother, for whom she was a caretaker.
These characters are naturally the basis for three of the Crain children on the show, with the two Nells sharing the most similarities as they are drawn, psychologically, to Hill House itself. I'd even suggest that Steven is inspired by Dr.
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Montague, while Shirley's character is a nod to Jackson herself. The Dudleys also pop up in the book, but mostly to offer some comic relief with their melodramatic and brooding warnings about the home's dangerous personality—which, of course, is ultimately proven to be true. As for the Crain lineage, that's present in the book as well—although in a different form. Hugh Crain built Hill House in Jackson's novel rather than being some enterprising house flipper; his wife died in a freak accident in the estate's driveway, never setting foot in the house.
His subsequent wives did perish in the home, as did himself and his children. As Dr. You can download the mp3 here. Read an excerpt PDF.
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