Tuesday, September 30, 2014
It's been a long time since I read a book that didn't involve self improvement, psychology, or some form of crafting. I used to be an AVID reader, but somehow reading novels slipped away. Over the years I have collected a few I thought I would enjoy and set them on the shelf for "future" reading. The last novel I read was "The Girl With The Dragoon Tattoo" when it was on the best seller list. Quite a while ago, huh!
Then I saw Gone Girl on the shelf at Walmart. I had not yet heard anything about it...nothing. The back cover description sounded OK so I picked it up. Sometime later I started reading...actually I would call it plodding through the beginning. I didn't much like the author's style and in the beginning scanned though what I found to be too much character thoughts. But I kept reading. It got better. The characters unfolded and I started to see Ben Afflick on the talk show circuit talking about the move. Well, THAT renewed my determination. Then the book really did get better, but I still was not at the "can't put it down" level yet. Then...THEN..I turned from page 291 to Part 2 Boy Meets Girl. POW!!! The ZINGER that grabbed me. Caught me by surprise. Pushed me to the "can't put it down level". But at 2:00 AM I had to and can't wait to get back to it. (If you are reading the book and haven't reached this point...DO NOT turn to Part 2 until you get there). Now I am seeing what all the hype is. I EXPECT this book to get even better and after starting Part 2 I KNOW it will.
I don't like to see a movie then read the book. I often don't mind seeing a movie AFTER reading the book, but usually find that the movie does not live up to a great book. I can tell you that the movie comes out Friday. I'm not sure when, but I will DEFINITELY see this movie. Ben Afflick is the absolute perfect match for the husband in this book. If nothing else..he has the necessary smile. If you are reading the book, you will know what I mean.