Adaptation Report: Gone Girl

In anticipation of the release of the Gone Girl movie I made sure to put the novel in my September TBR list to ensure that I read it before the release of the movie (check out the review I did for Gone Girl here) . Having done that I was able to see the thriller the night it was released – far enough away from when I finished the book to not be annoyed, but still close enough that I remembered most – if not all – details of the plot.

My thoughts? Well, I think I may have actually enjoyed the movie more if I hadn’t read the book first and I sort of wish I hadn’t. Shocking, I know.

One of the things that this story thrives on is the twists and turns, and since I read the book what was lost for me was that experience of surprise the rest of the theatre felt. It was the one time knowing too much hindered my enjoyment.

Don’t get me wrong, the movie was good – a  very good adaptation; I just felt a bit left out. I should say this though – waiting for the crowd’s reaction to everything was great. The number gasps the lady let out next to me was amazing and hilarious.

The film was beautifully shot – in typical David Fincher fashion – and stayed pretty close to the novel, only small changes, though that is probably because Gillian Flynn actually wrote the screenplay. Much like with Perks of Being a Wallflower, having the author writing the screenplay definitely pays off; it’s one of the reasons why I have so much hope in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movies JK Rowling is working on.

It was a good movie. Other than me losing the surprise appeal of the plot, the only thing I really didn’t appreciate was them making Nick Dunne more likeable. In the books you hate Nick; you actually think that killing Amy is something he can and would do. They made Nick more likeable and they didn’t make Amy nearly as believable as she was in the book. Mind you, this is coming from me who read the book – I’m not sure what people who didn’t read it thought.

While I did have a few issues here and there, I found the overall film to be enjoyable. It’s a good movie for an older crowd (there is nudity) of both genders. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike gave amazing and chilling performances. So whether or not you have read the book I definitely recommend this psychological thriller.

Adaptation Score: B+/A-. Great adaptation, but I think I would have enjoyed it just a little bit more if I hadn’t read the book.


Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Book Details:
Author: Gillian Flynn
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: Phoenix
Pages: 466
Published: January 3rd 2013 (first edition: 2012)
Goodreads Rating: 3.94

Who are you?
What have we done to each other?
These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.
So what did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

My Thoughts:
Much like with More Than Thisthis review is going to be completely spoiler free; simply because it is worth it going into Gone Girl completely blind.

I’ll admit, I have this problem where I like to read ahead – not the last page per say…though that is what it is most of the time, but even just flipping through the pages until something catches my eye that makes me want to either read what is happening or slap the book shut to avoid insane spoilers. That being said, I went into this book blind, but I definitely wasn’t blind all the way through.

The one thing that everyone talks about with this book is  the huge twists and turns of the plot, and the ending – some people love it and other hate it. I was..indifferent. I didn’t think it was as shocking as everyone said it was, but it was really intriguing and worked perfectly with the characters involved in this story. I personally thought it was the natural progression of the characters. This, of course, may have been a result of my previously mentioned reading ahead problem…but sh.

I can say with 100% certainty that I much hated almost all the main characters in this book, with a few exceptions of course (Go). They were just so messed up, but they were entertaining. I flew through the book without even realising it after a slow start.

There was quite a bit of humour that was intertwined in the plot, and I always appreciate a good joke of any kind. I think with the subject matter there needed to be some lighter moments that made you laugh out loud – which I did on a few occasions.

The book was, for me, over-hyped. I was expecting a lot more than what I got, but I still enjoyed it and I think as long as you go into this book not expecting it to be “the book to rule them all” it will be enjoyable to you too.

If you are looking for a psychological thriller/mystery this is definitely the book for you.

I also watched the movie so look out for a adaptation report coming later this week!

My Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars. It was good, but I was expecting more. It also took me a bit to get into it – it definitely picked up though.

Favourite (non spoiler) Quotes:
“It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters.”

“Tampon commercial, detergent commercial, maxi pad commercial, windex commercial – you’d think all women do is clean and bleed.”

“Sleep is like a cat: It only comes to you if you ignore it.”

“A lot of people lacked that gift: knowing when to fuck off.”


Getting Through the Pile One Book at a Time: September Wrap Up

Wrap Up

We are already six days into the month of October and I still can’t quite believe that it’s here already. Time just moves so quickly I can’t deal with it. My reading game wasn’t too bad this month; it could have been better and could have been worse. I managed to read almost all the books on my September TBR and I’ve become obsessed with a new series (like Hunger Games and Harry Potter level of obsessed), but more on that later.

So without further ado – here are the books I finished in September:

The Death Cure by James Dashner
Quick Review:
I think this was a pretty good conclusion for the trilogy…give or take a few things of course. This book was definitely a slower read than the other two and I didn’t like it quite as much. And Thomas frustrated me to no end. To see my full review of The Maze Runner trilogy click here!
My Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

More Than This by Patrick Ness
Quick Review:
I. Loved. This. Book. LOVE IT. Like I want to climb to the top of a mountain and yell about my love for all the world to hear. One of the best books I’ve read all year. Patrick Ness has a new fan in this girl; I can’t wait to read more of his stuff. See my full review of the novel here!
My Rating:
A perfect 5 out of 5 stars

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Quick Review:
It took me a while to really get into this story, but once I did I enjoyed it. That being said, I do think that its reputation ruined it a bit for me – just wasn’t as good as I was expecting. I will have a full review of this up sometime with week as well as an Adaptation Report for the film!
My Rating: 
3.5 out of 5 stars

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Quick Review:
Kind of cheating with this one as I finished it on October 1st, but SHH. There isn’t much to say other than: I’m obsessed. Totally and completely obsessed. I’ve already finished Crown of Midnight and I can’t deal with it. A review will be up ASAP! SO MANY FEELS. AND CHAOL. Okay, I’m done.
My Rating:
4.5 out of 5 stars

And that’s that! The only book I didn’t end up getting to was The Lightning Thief (aka the first book in the Percy Jackson series), but I did just start that book as I wait for Heir of Fire to arrive in the mail. October may pan out to be a good month as I’ve already finished two books (technically 3) and it’s only the 6th!

What was your favourite book last month?