As an author who has recently published two new books, naturally I am interested in any book that is described as a viral sensation. Not so interested that I bothered with any of the ’50 shades…’ nonsense – but Gone Girl kept prodding me untilÂ I finally relented and got stuck in.
Having finished it, I must say that I think that it is brilliantly writtenÂ – which is why I was so surprised by theÂ reviewersÂ who took exception to its writing style.Â I also loved the narrative and the plotting but like many reviewers, I felt completely cheated by its conclusion. Perhaps the writer did originallyÂ completely satisfy her readersÂ – but then then commercial considerations screamed in to view. A sequelÂ book isÂ now a shoe-in, not to mention the way that Hollywood now demands franchises. Â
That said, the book is aÂ screamingly good read.Â A compelling villain – and testament to the authorsÂ skill that I felt so angry at not getting the ending that all readers will feel that they deserve.Â
I finished it on bank holiday Monday – a rare hot day in theÂ UK – and itsÂ inevitible adaptation in to a movieÂ has been on my mind as I raced through it. Not an easy book to adapt but what a challenge?Â As I read I try to imagine howÂ exciting it must be for a writer to know that their work isÂ going to beÂ dramatized.
My son Tom was reading a book also in our sunny garden during our summer justÂ passed Â (Monday). ItÂ turns out to be a book called In The Heart of the Sea – an utterly brilliant book that would also make a fab movie. I came to it sinceÂ Tom wasÂ cast to play one of the charactersÂ in the forthcomingÂ movieÂ – which starts filmingÂ in Sept.
Blimey,Â I guess, reading the book of the movie in which you are about to appear must beÂ evenÂ more exciting.
And good for him and his charmed life – and mine too.
Now I must get onÂ with gusto onÂ projects of my own…
Never stop believing people!Â Â