The short answer is, because of the movie.
Other reasons include the fact that, despite the upcoming movie, the hype surrounding the book has mostly died down, so the pressure is off (at least somewhat). And then there was specifically hearing that the ending is being changed for the movie, and the increased curiosity because of that.
Whatever the cause, the end result is the same: yes, I finally read Gone Girl.
You may or may not remember that I was pretty against this book when it first came out, and one of my very early posts on this blog about thrillers was why I chose not to read this very popular thriller. It was one of the biggest books of the previous year, and at the time it was hyped and recommended nearly everywhere I looked. But I knew it wasn’t for me.
Yet, even then, I had a sneaking suspicion that I wouldn’t be able to hold out forever, that eventually my curiosity would get the better of me, and I’d have to see what everyone else was raving about.
On the plus side, I liked it more than I thought I would. I figured it’d be just another 2-star read, and I ended up giving it 3. It was entertaining, and definitely more compelling than Dark Places.
However, I still think it’s overrated.
Here’s the thing… I feel like a lot of the big books that grab the public’s attention gain their popularity for being “amazing” because they’re read by people who either don’t read much at all or don’t read much in that genre. Not to say that skill doesn’t play a role – and even when I first read and didn’t enjoy Dark Places, I could tell Flynn was a skilled storyteller – but I can’t help thinking that it’s a lucky blend of timing and marketing, more than anything else, that makes these books stand out.
Granted, I’d probably be the same way if the next big thing were a fantasy or science fiction story, since I don’t read very widely in those genres. (A Discovery of Witches, for example. How different is it, really, from all the other supernatural books out there? Probably not very. But I thought it was great.) But I look at Gone Girl or (jumping back a decade) The Da Vinci Code… and there’s just nothing all that special about them. Because I’ve read so many similar thrillers, I can name several that I liked far better. Yet these are the ones that get all the attention.
At any rate, it was better than I thought it would be. And if not for the fact that I found the ending so unsatisfying, I would have liked it even more.
I’m very curious to see what changes the movie makes. I don’t know if I’ll actually watch it or if I’ll just look for my answers online. But it will be interesting to see, regardless.
Are you planning on seeing Gone Girl this weekend?