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Ramblin' from New England about Comics, Television, Movies and Writing

RKB Writes - Ramblin' from New England about Comics, Television, Movies and Writing

[Book VS. Movie Review] Gone Girl

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Thursday, I spend at my door awaiting for my iPhone 6 to arrive. Physically at my door reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. My printer died and there was no way to print out a signature form.

The movie premiered today directed by David Fincher. David has directed Alien 3, The Game, Se7en, Social Network, the American adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and others.

He is one of my favorite directors so when the trailer dropped I loved it when they announced Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor were doing the soundtrack like they had done with Social Network and all three hours of Dragon Tattoo, it felt perfect.

I hadn’t read the book so with nothing else to do on Thursday, I read it cover to cover. Suffice to say, I finished before my iPhone 6 arrived.

Gone Girl, the novel, written by Gillian Flynn is thriller about newspaper writer Lance Nicolas Dunn and his soon to be wife, Amy, a writer of personality tests. Her psychologists parents are the geniuses behind Amazing Amy, a series of children’s books that made money and thus she has a trust fund.

They marry and the couple live in New York until the recession hits they lose their jobs just in time for to bring Nicolas home to care after his mother who is going through cancer treatments, his father is in a home due to going through Alzheimer’s. Using up the last of Amy’s trust fund money, Nicolas and his twin sister Margo buy a local bar.

During all this, Nicolas gets a job at the local college while Amy is the stay at home wife with little to do and like every anniversary she leaves clues for Nicholas involving their life. It takes a while for Nicolas to figure out the clues since Amy is in the New England vernacular: wicked smart.

Until on the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary Amy disappears.

Now, before you say, I know how this movie ends: You don’t.

And I’m not going to ruin it for you. Go read the book first then watch the movie.

The good news is the trailers reveal nothing of the twists and turns of this movie. Often times the trailers do and I groan but not this time.

This a faithful adaptation and doesn’t adhere to the book as much as it needs to. Which is a good thing because the book only has two point of views: Amy and Nic.

The movie has a third point of view, that of Detective Rhonda Boney played by Kim Dickens which solves a few wandering plot threads from the book.

It should be noted Gillian also wrote the screenplay. So the movie feels like a re-polished final draft, in my opinion. While most of the novel is first person the movie dialogue more than makes up for missing beats from the novel. So much so, sometimes the actors are talking too quick.

The police investigation led by Detective Boney begins looking into Nicolas and Amy’s life and the cracks begin to appear from the debt on the credit cards to Amy’s diary entries going from sunny to darker and darker to Nicolas cheating to Amy’s life insurance policy being upped and more. It’s just heaped on.

The only thing neither the movie or the novel can figure out is how to land the dismount and win the gold.

The suspension of disbelief is stretched thin. I’m not talking about Chief Brody in Jaws the movie, shooting the oxygen tank and blowing up the shark, that ending made perfect sense and I cheer every time it happens.

It’s the suspension of disbelief that Tom Cruise’s son survived and magically re-appears at the end of The War of the Worlds so everyone can have a happy ending.

Or as one of the over fifty crowd behind me in the crowded small movie theater said: That was a stupid way to end the movie to which I replied that’s how the book ended, too. She was surprised there was a book.

The actors in the movie are perfect. The direction is spot on. The music is right. The lighting is all David Fincher.

I’ll probably see it again, when I don’t have to sit in the front row.

[Plotting About] Where Weavers Daire: Plotting it out.

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Welcome to October.

One month to go until NaNoWrimo and I’m not coordinating this year.

This will be my tenth year of being NaNoWrimo participant.

Besides the Weaver ‘verse, I’ve got two maybe three different themed ‘verses that have come from doing NaNoWrimo.

A zombie urban fantasy ‘verse that could be spun off into space and a space invader ‘verse that needs a crap ton of space research involved.

The writing group’s fourth year anniversary arrives this year.

Bennett North has been writing some good posts about preparing for the annual event.

It should be noted, the posts are good anyone writing a novel because it’s best to plan things out before you jump in.

Discovery writing or pantsing your way through a novel isn’t the best in my humble opinion.

The writing group had several great suggestions to fix Weaver.

I’ve not taken the editing chainsaw to the first draft and instead I’m re-planning it.

Not a page one re-write, thankfully, I’m just a revising what happens after page thirty. Keeping the setting, narrowing down the characters and the plot.

It’s moments like this why I’m happy the writing group exists.

I’ve been pantsing my way through Weaver since the beginning and even though I did beat sheet it all out, the overall plot turned out to be too much too fast.

So the new marching orders is to make sure it reads right before going off and writing another chapter.

This doesn’t change the plan to turn Weaver into a graphic novel and judging from the reactions of the writing group they liked the character sketches.

I don’t know what I’m doing for NaNoWrimo this year. The plan is to re-plot Weaver.

Take it slow and steady and not take another four years to finish the second draft.

I think setting a deadline of March 2015, just in time for Emerald City Comic Con is a good plan.

[Plotting About:] Where Weavers Daire, Second Draft . . .

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Once I finished the first draft of Where Weavers Daire and uploaded it to the writing group, some 3 weeks late after my promised deadline, I came off my victory lap and woke up the next morning with poster’s remorse.

Remorse because the first draft of anything is shit.

And boy did I see how I should’ve eliminated things and introduced characters sooner and and and and I need a better ending, now, I’m going to have to gut a lot of the 147k behemoth into something readable and enjoyable.

Which is a good thing since It’s 47k words over my imposed ceiling.

This is where my alpha readers and writing group comes in to tell me characters sound the same and why is everyone acting normal?

If you don’t have alpha/beta readers to critique your work it’s time to find some…legally. Don’t hunt people down for sport only to ask them to read the next great masterpiece, it doesn’t work like that.

I’ve been using Google Drive for editing so having the iPad open to scroll through the edits and the laptop open to go line by horrible line.

I’m glad I decided not to push this to the limit and try and get it edited and published through Createspace. It would’ve been waste of time and money.

I have started to collect names of agents that cover sci-fi and once I get done with the second or third draft I’ll think about querying.

Better to put my best foot forward than slip across the floor on a banana peel of misspellings and heinous plot lines that go nowhere.

[Plotting About] Where Weavers Daire: First draft is done.

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First draft of Where Weavers Daire is done.

That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

Yep, that’s 27,685K over what I wanted.

But that’s what the editing chainsaw and writing group is there for.

I’m happy with the way it turned out even if it was three weeks late.

My original plans to get it edited and printed via Createspace by November in time for Rhode Island Comic Con have been put on hold.

The stigmata of poorly edited self published books is strong. It’s best to find and fix all the errors first then either send out query letters or self publish.

Bennett North has great post on Outlining your Novel since NaNoWrimo is a month and half away.

A post on Destiny will be forth coming…

[Doctor Who Review] Listen

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Don’t turn round.

This is the episode that horror writers/directors should watch to see the tension get wretched up without the cheap thrills, blood or music. Written by Stephen Moffat it takes it’s themes from Don’t Blink and Silence in the Library without the use of the Angels that have become the Borg to the Doctor’s Enterprise.

Listen begins with Doctor positing a theory: Are we actually alone when we talk out loud or do we have a companion? He does this by himself in the TARDIS. Writing things down and pacing around the set. Capaldi nails it like Tennent would’ve while Smith probably wouldn’t have nailed the dismount.

I know some Smith fans may not want to hear this but the Doctor on a caffeine high has left the building. I hope a Neil Gaiman Capadi episode but it doesn’t look like that’s gonna happen this season.

While the Doctor sets the mood, Clara and Danny Pink have a first date. The date doesn’t go well and Clara comes home to find the Doctor and the TARDIS occupying 3/4 of her bedroom.

In the post haze of the bad date, the Doctor uses the TARDIS to focus on Clara’s timeline and pop back to see where Clara had that dream everyone has about something under the bed. Except, instead of Clara’s timeline we get to Rupert Pink and soon find out that yes, there probably is something under the bed and all it takes is a bed sheet, Capaldi and good direction and we get a successor to Blink.

But, it doesn’t stop there. Clara asks to go back to the date and retry with Danny until Clara name drops Rupert and everything implodes again because Danny is Rupert. It implodes even more when the orange spaceman suit walks into the restaurant and motions Clara to follow him.

It’s at this point no one gets up and demands to know why, this is Cardiff after all, the populace is so desensitized to the Doctor’s shenanigans that no one blinks at the strange. Torchwood should’ve been like this: Oh, more alien crap, thattaway, Torchwood and go back to their tea.

The man in the spacesuit isn’t the Doctor but Orson Pink and the Doctor found him 100 years into Clara’s timeline, they launched him into space and he promptly got Buck Rogers and now he’s the last man in the universe but he’s not alone.

Once Orson saves the Doctor, Clara tries to fix things and goes back down the timeline and lands in a barn and gives a crying child a good speech about the things that go bump in the night. The barn didn’t make sense at first until we find out why. The why was nicely done and I won’t ruin it here but it’s a great call back that I didn’t see coming and it really worked.

Clara’s dialogue with the new Doctor continues to be a highlight while she gets her history filled in even if it’s possible future.

Danny’s soldier days while not big speed bump like they were in Into the Dalek is better this time round. I think he’ll make a good addition to the companions once we see him in action and not him as a child or his great grandson.

It was a good episode all around and highly enjoyed it.

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