Gillian Flynn’s AMA

gillian-flynnI had another blog post planned for today about being a part-time creative, but that will have to wait until next week, because the most glorious thing ever happened today: Gillian Flynn gave an AMA. You know I’m in love with Gillian Flynn and every word that springs from her brain to her fingertips to her page. If you know me at all, you know this. The brilliance of Gone Girl was the final push of inspiration I needed to finally get back to novel writing, and I will never forget that. I admire her use of painfully flawed female characters, her love for utterly unlikable people, her twisty (and twisted) plots, and her understanding of the value of entertainment. Flynn is a master of psychological thrillers and has found ways to explore fucked up shit in a way that feels new and profoundly personal. I tend to compare her debut novel, Sharp Objects, to everything I analyze or talk about. The woman bewitches me!

With the impending Gone Girl film coming out this October (directed by David Fincher and written by Flynn herself), she was smartly scheduled for an AMA on Reddit today. Some of the stuff she said was so great and so true that I decided to share my favorite bits on my blog here. The most important thing we learned from Flynn’s AMA is that the 3rd act of the film is NOT as drastically changed from the book as everyone has been saying. She states that, “those reports have been greatly exaggerated!” She also gives excellent writing tips and encouragement, along with some great words about the differences between writing scripts and novels (all very relevant to my life). Also, learn more after the jump about upcoming movie adaptations, books she digs, AND what she has slated for her next writing projects! It was a great AMA!

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The Hitchcock Haul: Rebecca (1940)

rebecca1940dvdThis film has a special place in my heart. It, along with the novel by Daphne du Maurier, turned me onto mysteries and thrillers — something I’ve been obsessed with ever since.

Just to set the bar, we’re talking about a movie that has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and earned Hitchcock his only Best Picture Oscar. It is a beautifully haunting and tantalizing film, and yet still not as good as the book.

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When I was younger and starting to get into Hitchcock, my Mom would talk about the film Rebecca and how great it was, but she could never get her hands on it to watch. When Netflix came out, we signed up right away (it was like destiny), and one of the first films my Mom put on the queue was Rebecca. It was unavailable for YEARS! Finally, after I graduated from college, we were mailed our copy.

At this point I had already read the novel out of anticipation. It delighted me! The scandal was incredibly juicy for something written in 1938, and the psychological horror that was prevalent throughout was amazing. The important twists in plot impressed me. They were both shocking and plausible. It’s a tale of sexual deviance, resentment, and coping with the past.

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