Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gone girl - from book to film

Movie adaptations of books are hot property in Hollywood. There is a huge trend towards
comic book movies and high selling young adult book series from Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to John Green’s ‘The FaultIn Our Stars’ to James Dashner’s ‘Maze Runner’. 

Recently though, the movie spotlight has shifted slightly onto adult fiction with the ‘It’ book of 2012, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. 

Watching a movie version of a favourite book can be a dangerous undertaking. Done right, it is a beautiful thing. Done wrong, and it could haunt you for years. And we all have that one movie, we wished we could go back in time and not watch.

Movie Gone Girl is every bit as creepily, atmospheric as the book, even knowing what is going to happen does not protect you from the shock of what does happen. Gillian Flynn wrote the screenplay and, the casting is spot on. If you didn’t like the book, the movie is not going to change you mind. For those who found themselves absorbed in the story of Nick and Amy – grab some popcorn, Hollywood got this one right and, for extra fun, go with someone who hasn’t read the book.

I’m looking forward to the release of S.J. Watson’s ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ – story wise, it shares some common ground with Gone Girl except the main character has amnesia and has to work out why. It’ll be interesting to see how it translates onto the screen.
If book to movie adaptations are your thing, look out for the Ron Rash’s ‘Serena’, Thomas Hardy’s ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’ and  E.L. James ’Fifty Shades of Grey’.

This post was written by Sharni from Balwyn Library.

1 comment:

  1. I agree, this is a fabulous film and the casting is terrific and despite having read the book I still got a few surprises {but not as many as the elderly man sitting next to me at the Nova} Lisa @ Kew