A Clockwork Orange (novel)/Trivia

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  • Creator Backlash: In an introduction to a later edition of the book, the author called it "pornographic" and an "embarrassment." He considers its main entertainment value to be from "raping and ripping."
  • Creator Breakdown: Burgess was paranoid that he was dying of a brain tumor, so he cranked it out in less than a month.
  • Executive Meddling: In a reversal of the "Hollywood Ending" stereotype, American publishers insisted that the last chapter (where Alex decides to stop being a criminal and raise a family) be removed to make the novel more depressing.
  • What Could Have Been: There were several ideas for how the droogs should be portrayed in a movie adaptation, from preteenage mini-skirted girls to old age pensioners. Anthony Burgess himself would've liked to have the Rolling Stones play the starring roles, with Mick Jagger as Alex.