I have to admit that I saw GONE GIRL the first weekend of its release. I was dead curious to find out how the book translated to the screen (excuse the pun).
It was precisely a year ago that I wrote about my book club’s reaction to the book. The title of my post was A Book Club’s Response to Gone Girl: Don’t Marry a Psychopath. It was a great discussion.
As my book club discussed the book, we realized just how many layers the book had and how twisted the characters were. It was a roller coaster for each one of us. Most of us liked, loved it. We all loved Amy, despite how crazy her character is and described her as “a psychopath with a capital ‘P’,” a true psychopath. A woman with no conscience, no remorse, no sense of concern for the well-being of anyone, not even family members. No struggle with shame and the surreal ability to conceal her true psychological makeup from everyone, including her husband. She’s so smart, so clever that it’s frightening. One member’s takeaway from the book: Don’t marry a psychopath. The book had a very clear message about marriage and the lines drawn between gender, feminism, rape culture, romance were blown up.
For me, it was a page turner and I was anxious to see how it translated to celluloid. I found it to be a very faithful, yet maddening, adaptation…not quite as good as the film, but devoted to the words (both book and screenplay were written by one person, a former Entertainment Weekly reporter Gillian Flynn). Ben Affleck as Nick wasn’t my favorite choice but Rosamond Pike as Amy made perfect sense, as did Neil Patrick Harris as her quirky old flame who attempts to save her. The film has stirred a lot of reactions and lured plenty of people to the cinema, $149 million in worldwide ticket sales in 10 days.
The Gone Girl Giveaway
The film has a hypnotic score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. It’s haunting, eerie.
I’m giving away two copies of the soundtrack, plus movie tie-in copies of the book!
To win, just comment below and tell me if you’ve seen the film and how you compare it to the book. Also, you must follow the NEW Culture Mom Facebook page (I’m sorry to ask but I’m trying to build it back up!)
Winners will be selected randomly. This giveaway will end on Friday, October 24th at 12pm EST. Winner will be posted here, on the Culture Mom Facebook page and via email and will have 24 hours to accept their prize.
Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post. Giveaway is courtesy of 20th Century Fox.