Book to Film: Gone Girl

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (2012)
Gone Girl, David Fincher (2014)

It's at the top of everyone's reading list and with all the excitement of David Fincher's adaptation of it, how could it not be? Gone Girl piqued my interest because of the Fincher name. This man knows how to make a good film, from dramatic thriller, Se7en, to ingenious storytelling in The Social Network, Fincher gets it right pretty much every time he takes on a new project.

I figured I'd read the book first, that's usually how I like to go about adaptations that I'm interested in. So I picked up a copy of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, which I had seen in the hands of many bloggers and vloggers, and on the public transport around my city too. I was ready to get ready, ready to be delved into a the crime thriller this book promised to be... and it delivered. I'll say this, it didn't take long for me to be hooked in turning the next page and pushing my bedtime further and further away with the promise of new answers.

As I went through the book, and the two storylines unfolded, that of Nick in present day dealing with the mysterious disappearance of his wife, Amy, and Amy's diary entries of the past and how she and Nick got to the five year point in their marriage. The structure of the book is that of any crime thriller, elements are untold, we can never entirely rely on the narrator, and slowly important details are realised and we grasp on to those like little moments of truth throughout a book that just seems to keep lying to us. I was loving this book through each divulgence of new information. For me, it was building up to this amazing climax that I thought was going to blow my mind away. Obviously, I'm not going to reveal plot detail in this, because if you haven't read the book, I highly suggest you get your hands on it. Having said that though, the ending was not as effect as I hoped it would be. I don't know what more I could have asked for, their was resolution, I understand character actions, it all makes sense, relatively. It couldn't have ended any other way, not really, but I wanted more, I wanted more closure, perhaps. I've had some time to think about this book, I finished a few weeks ago, but I still don't know what it is I'm wanting, I just know it was somewhat disappoint of an end, for all the build up in the book itself.

The film on the other hand, gave me everything I wanted and then some. True, the endings are practically the same, but the small Fincher moments that he introduces to the original Flynn story work so perfectly that I couldn't ask for anything else. Fincher flawlessly blends the actual and the symbolic, following a similar sense of the cult favourite, Fight Club, and beautifully stylised violence flows through his style once again.

Let me leave you with this, if you haven't had a chance to either read, or see, Gone Girl, I highly suggest you get on it, and quickly! For this adaptation, I actually cannot recommend which to go for first, whether you read the book and then see the film, or see the film and then leisurely get through the book, you'll enjoy it either way.

Let me know if you've read through Gone Girl and what your experience with it was, and if you've seen the film, where you as thrilled as I was?

Stacey-Lea x 


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