Friday, September 26, 2014
Gone Girl Bestseller
Gillian Flynn is having a good month. In the past fortnight, the 43-year-old from Missouri has joined JK Rowling and Dan Brown on the official list of the world’s top 20 highest-earning authors, propelled there by the phenomenal global success of her psychological thriller Gone Girl.
And tomorrow evening in New York, the film version of the book, which chronicles the fall-out when an unhappily married woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, gets its world premiere. It is scripted by Flynn herself, and directed by a Hollywood heavyweight, David Fincher.
But does Fincher’s film do justice to every riveting page of Flynn’s book? It can be a precarious business adapting a wildly successful novel for the silver screen. Gone With The Wind and The Godfather didn’t do too badly years ago, nor, more recently, did the franchises unleashed by The Lord Of The Rings and the Harry Potter books.
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But the author Gillian Flynn — a fan since girlhood of Alfred Hitchcock’s unsettling masterpiece Psycho — didn’t want only to hear stories of how people were so in thrall to her book that they shut themselves off from the outside world. She wanted evidence that it was messing with their heads and making them look at their own spouses through new, suspicious eyes.
And she got that evidence from her own cousin who, having read the book, reported that when her husband had suggested taking her away on a luxurious holiday, her first thought was that perhaps he was plotting to murder her.
Watch this film and you will never look at your other half the same way again: The darkly-gripping novel's sold 6 million copies. Now Gone Girl's hit the big screen
By BRIAN VINER, FILM CRITIC FOR THE DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 17:49 EST, 24 September 2014 | UPDATED: 19:28 EST, 24 September 2014