And the answer: Gillian Flynn.
Gillian Flynn’s novels Gone Girl, Dark Places, and Sharp Objects have all been adapted for the screen. Along with penning the novels, Flynn also wrote the screenplay for Gone Girl and wrote two episodes for the HBO limited series, Sharp Objects. In 2020, she served as showrunner and creator of the Amazon Prime series, Utopia.
When Gillian Flynn graduated from Northwestern with a Masters degree in Journalism, she intended to be a crime reporter. Yet, instead, Flynn found herself unappeased by the intrusive nature of the job, and chose to become the second best thing: a crime fiction writer. Before her career transition in 2008, Flynn had already written Sharp Objects and Dark Places—a fact which certainly made becoming a full-time writer a whole lot easier.
Set against backdrops of the Midwest, Flynn’s crime stories are threaded with accusations of murder, small-town dissapearances, and mysterous families. Among these scenes, Flynn’s 2012 novel Gone Girl is widely considered to be Flynn’s most famous and well-loved work. The novel spent 37 weeks in the number one spot on The New York Times Bestseller List, was adapted into a hit film starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in 2014, and has sold more than 15 million copies globally. Interestingly, it is believed that Gone Girl sparked the current wave of crime novels with “girl” in the title, such as Pretty Girls (2015), All the Missing Girls (2016), Final Girls (2017), as well as the spike in female antiheroes.
Did you know?
In Gone Girl, shooting a scene where Ben Affleck was required to wear a Yankees hat actually shut down production! As a diehard Red Sox fan, Affleck refused to wear the Yankees cap. As such, director David Fincher had to negotiate with Affleck’s agent to find a way to stay true to the story while also appeasing Affleck. After a four day shut down, Fiincher and Affleck finally reached a compromise: a Mets cap. Talk about team loyalty!
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