As a junkie of media in all its forms I think it is unfair to compare a book to a movie because it is a completely different platform to tell a story. Don't worry, I compare, we all do, but it's an uneven playing field, just throwing that out there. What I want to do is examine Gone Girl against the American version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Why? Fincher directed both. Both come from best selling novels. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross did both soundtracks. Both films were amazing films, Gone scoring a 4 out of 5 for me and Dragon a 4.5 out of 5. (Novel scores rank the same for those who are wondering) The major difference between these two movies? You can watch Gone Girl without reading the novel. You can not do the same for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Another thing **semi-spoiler for Dragon** they majorly changed the ending . . .
So this is where the question comes in (although I guess I labeled this post wrong because this is not about books being better than movies at all) should some books just remain as books? I say this without watching the Swedish version of the Millennium movies which I hear were much better than the American. Are some ideas meant to stay on the page and not be transitioned over to the silver screen? This argument came up when Cloud Atlas was released and from articles I have read, David Mitchell's reservations about a movie capturing what he was trying to do, was part of the hold-up with that particular flick. Although who knows how much truth is behind that.
Where does that leave us? Oh yeah, how to survive a blizzard.
I haven't taken an exact snow count over the last twenty-four hours, but I'll give an educated guess at around 18 inches. Not bad for the new year. So how do you survive a blizzard? I'm going to wait until the end of the post to let you in on that secret. . . of course you could always just skip to the end. . . . but who wold that really be helping?
With an impromptu day off, we decided to watch Gone Girl. Keep in mind while reading this, that I read the book when it first came out. After saying that, I'll add that you do not need to have read the book to enjoy the movie. Affleck and Fincher did an amazing job with the film. (Although, I have never seen a movie by Fincher that I didn't like, maybe with the exception of Alien 3 but the entire reason behind that is a dialogue issue). ANYWAYS, Rosamund Pike if you do not win the Oscar for your pure, convincing, sociopathic, psychotic eyes then I give up, I'm done.
I'm preceding the great debate with the mention of Gone Girl because the great debate that I am talking about is the argument that the book is always better than the movie. Gone Girl, the novel, was a good novel. (I'm going to get crucified for saying that it wasn't amazing, but so be it). Gillian Flynn is my favorite author at the time being, however it is for Sharp Objects not for Gone Girl.