The Book vs the Movie: Gone Girl



Book written by Gillian Flynn, 2012
Movie directed by David Fincher, 2014

Synopsis from


On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears.

Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.

Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?






Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 4.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: More description and details. I feel that the twist wouldn’t have been nearly as shocking in the movie, though hard to say since I didn’t see the movie first. Felt more torn about whether to like Amy or not.

Things the Movie Did Better:  The movie is so close to the book, probably because Flynn also did the screenplay. While I pick the book over the movie, it was still well done. The casting and acting was perfect. It was cool seeing the story come to life.

Verdict?: Book.

Should the movie be re-made?: Nope.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!




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