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Gone Girl: Book vs. Movie

Yesterday I’ve published my review for Fincher’s Gone Girl and I’ve tried to avoid spoilers at all cost but now, it’s time for me to explore the movie and the book and make a small comparison. If you’re expecting one of those adaptations that are only faithful to the main plot of the book I can guarantee you that this is not the case. The fact that the book’s author, Gillian Flynn is the responsible for the screen adaptation actually makes everything more interesting. There aren’t big differences with the book and from my perspective (the one from a guy who loved the book) this is probably one of the most faithful adaptations I’ve seen. Gone Girl is violent, raw and thrilling from the beginning to the end… A story about a crappy marriage that is about to change for worse after the wife’s disappearance. The influence of the media in the case is one of the strongest and more realistic details of the story because it represents the way politics are made and how a guy can easily be judged without any evidence. After watching the movie, for those who’ve read the book, here’s a description of what you won’t find in Fincher’s adaptation.

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From missing characters to some events that happen in a different way, Fincher’s adaptation is reliable and thankfully the movie allows its viewers to experience everything the readers have. Nick and Amy’s relationship began in a somehow different way. Yes they met in a party and after they leave they walk towards a local bakery where they immerse themselves in a cloud of powdered sugar. But their relationship has only actually begun several months after, when Amy runs into Nick and he claims to have lost her number. Most of the anniversary clues and most of the locations were shown in the movie. From Nick’s father’s house (the alarm code deal and the place where Amy’s semi-burned diary was found) to the woodshed close to Margo’s house (the male sanctuary), the most essential parts of the treasure hunt are there. Only the clue that leads Nick to Hannibal, Missouri, is missing.

Yep, the ending is a bit different but it’s not in the way everyone is expecting. A week after Amy’s return, Nick starts writing a book about his side of the story so that he can leave her forever. Night after night Nick kept furiously typing his story while Amy began working on her memoirs too for a book called Amazing. This is not in the movie. Instead, Fincher’s adaptation focuses more on the troubled relationship they were living after Amy’s revelation that she was pregnant and that Nick was the father. Nick and Andie relationship also ends in a way it’s not shown in the book. While she wanted attention every day, Nick felt like he was trapped and because he couldn’t manage all the pressure he decided to abandon her. He tells her that if they don’t broke up he’s going to end up in jail but the only thing she believes in is that he likes Amy and he was only with her to have some fun. After the breakup she bites one of his cheeks and for the days that followed everyone kept asking Nick what was wrong with his face.

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In the novel, Nick walks into a bar after watching his own crowded and after there he meets a young crime blogger who wants to interview him. Drunk, he decides to use the opportunity to control the story by telling how sorry he was for failing his wife. The video goes viral and suddenly the public opinion became mixed. None of this is shown in the movie. Not even Betsy Bolt, a former TV news anchor and Tanner’s wife, involved in Nick’s training before his big interview. Jacqueline Collings also doesn’t appear in the movie at all so we don’t see her claiming for her son’s innocence.

One of Amy’s high school victims was also left out of the scene but besides all this, which are not that relevant things to the story, everything is faithful to the book. Andie, Nick’s father and Amy’s parents have less importance in the movie but Fincher and Flynn did a terrific job by condensing the entire novel in two hours and a half filled with thrilling events and strong emotions. Gone Girl is an obligatory thriller for everyone.

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    • Yep, thank you for your comment 😀 I was really happy when I saw that Flynn was the responsible for the adaptation. Her vision improved a lot the entire experience.

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