I'm a literature snob of the worst kind. I treat bestsellers like gum under my shoe. I sneer at the thought of reading 'rubbish loved by masses'. It spent x amount of weeks on the bestseller list? That's not a selling point except for the undiscerning reader. Because clearly, I am better than that. Except. When. I'm. Wrong.
I'm always in need of a good read and someone (a manic pixieish person) offhandedly mentioned 'Gone Girl' was more than they expected. A few months later I said, why the hell not? But I didn't read the book. I gave this bestseller a chance by watching the movie first. I fell in love with the cinematic interpretation. (Also, Ben Affleck is objectifiable.) The movie filled a need I didn't know I had - the need for a story that keeps me guessing not just at the plot but character motivations. 'Gone Girl' has layers and it made me think A LOT. Next I read the book and fell just as hard for Nick and Amy Dunne's volatile relationship. And in falling for the characters I couldn't help but start to think very highly of the author, a Miss Gillian Flynn. I wanted to know everything about her - her childhood, what parts of herself helped her write Amy Dunne, what she listened to on Spotify? Burning questions without easily net searchable answers. So I decided to dig deeper by reading G. Flynn's other books - 'Sharp Objects' (2006) and 'Dark Places' (2009).
My synopsis? So pleasurable to read. Gillian Flynn writes twisted stories and I'm convinced her storytelling and pace should win gold medals and breakfast cereal endorsements. And I learned a valuable lesson. Snubbing bestsellers just because they're bestsellers is not a successful strategy to my ultimate endgame of finding good reads. I may have turned a new leaf and it's all because of the twisted, spellbinding master of storytelling (who happens to have mass appeal), the superb Gillian Flynn. Read her, be happy (and a little disturbed).