I was not hugely fond of Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” (though I enjoyed it more on a second read this summer), but I am getting more and more excited for the movie adaptation of it from director David Fincher. Maybe it is that Fincher has a wonderful way with the uncanny–“Zodiac” remains one of my favorite movies. Maybe it is the utter perfection of Rosamund Pyke as main character Amy Dunne, a marvelously chilly but ultimately weak creation. Or maybe it is the opportunity to watch Ben Affleck play with and undermine his own wholesome, heroic image.
Conventional wisdom suggests that movie adaptations of books or comic books will always be a little flatter than their source material. But “Gone Girl” seems like it might be an exception, just as “Game of Thrones” is giving an edit to George R.R. Martin’s novels that they did not exactly get in their print editions. I am curious: which other books or graphic novels did you like, but not love, and would like to see get a fix as a film or television adaptation?
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