A Clockwork Orange (novel)/Trivia
Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.
- 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.