“Yes, I am finally a match for Amy. The other morning I woke up next to her, and I studied the back of her skull. I tried to read her thoughts. For once I didn’t feel like I was staring into the sun. I’m rising to my wife’s level of madness. Because I can feel her changing me again: I was a callow boy, and then a man, good and bad. Now at last I’m the hero. I am the one to root for in the never-ending war story of our marriage. It’s a story I can live with. Hell, at this point, I can’t imagine my story without Amy. She is my forever antagonist.
We are one long frightening climax.”
― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Gone Girl fans have been going wild over the October 3rd release of the movie, adapted from Gillian Flynn’s 2012 New York Times bestseller of the same name. Under the direction of David Fincher (whose credits include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network), the seemingly loving relationship between Ben Affleck’s Nick and Rosamund Pike’s Amy devolves into one of seething hatred. The film chronicles the search for Amy after she goes missing on the couple’s five-year wedding anniversary, honing in on Nick as a prime suspect due to his lack of emotion over his wife’s disappearance.
While it would be unfair to give away the ending, I will say that most fans will be pleasantly surprised by the movie adaptation in how true it remains to the book, which is no wonder as Gillian Flynn wrote the screen play herself.
In a recent interview with CBS News, Flynn commented on the transitory height of this moment for her as an author: “What I tell myself is that there is never going to be another Gone Girl for me. I mean, I really believe that. I think I’ll write other good books, I have faith in that. But I have to come to accept the fact that this is a great, shining fantastic moment that will never come again. So enjoy it while it lasts.”
To watch the interview in full, click here.