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I can't find (going back 3 pages) another thread on this so I hope I'm OK.
Did anyone else watch this one? My parents have the Australian equivalent of HBOgo so my mum and I binge watched the whole show over Easter Break (FYI - probs not the best show to watch with your parents).
I loved it. I know Flynn didn't write every episode, but she was definitely in the writer's room and it furthers my point that she's a much better screenwriter than novelist. Her Gone Girl script needs to be taught in classes with it's measured wit and efficiency.
I think the only issue is that, in the long time between the novel's publication and the show's distribution, a lot of it's archetypes (journalist/report/writer/detective returns to insular hometown due mysterious incident, self-harm/cutting, and SPOILER Munchhausen's by-proxy) in the show are not as original as they once were.
Finished this over 3 nights on your recommendation.
First off, I'd say you should remove the part of your comment in the brackets and the spoiler as itís impossible not to read it when you say SPOILER and then the actual spoiler is right next to the word, and in a way this did kind of spoil it for me, at least the impact of finding that out.
In saying that, this show is absolutely awesome. I loved almost everything about it. A writer can only dream to be able to write such complex characters and relationships.
I must be crazy, because I vastly preferred the novel in this case. The novel read crisply and moved quickly where the show was a silent and deliberate slow-burn. Although I do agree, generally speaking, that Gillian Flynn usually tends to be better at screenwriting than novels.
I think the presentation of the show kind of ruined the main character, because the bulk of her wit came from her inner monologue. In the show she comes across as too quiet and demure without the added layer of her thoughts, so you mostly only see one side to her.
I did like the performances and production values, and truly I didn't think the show was bad. I just liked the novel better.
As a side note, I do not understand why, of all of Flynn's novels, they chose her shortest to make a series out of.
I really enjoyed it. Notes the very, very clear "Makers Mark" product placement. I thought it was odd considering that she is a functional alcoholic.
That was truly weird. Alcohol was not once shown in any positive light throughout the whole thing. I guess all publicity is good publicity, but I don't know why a company would agree to showing their own product like that.