Sunday Wishlist – Gone Girl on screen

On today’s Sunday Wishlist is a couple of new books that I’ve blogged about this week, as well as a film I really want to see.

I am yet to read Richard Flanagan’s Man Booker Prize winning novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North. I mentioned the book briefly in a blog post this week, but haven’t actually read it yet. I’ve never been one to seek out prize winning books to read but I might actually start. I am sometimes disappointed by the books I pick out to read but for some reason rarely go for the ones with a stamp of approval. I think this Autumn I will read a few books from the Man Booker Prize longlist, and already also have my eye on Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.

I haven’t read any of David Walliams’ children books but would like to see what they are like. I mentioned them earlier this week. I’ve always imagined that they would be like modernised versions of Roald Dahl novels, but I think this might be just because Tony Ross’ illustrations remind me of Quentin Blake’s. I’m planning on picking one up soon as I’m curious about Walliams’ style.

Photo of Ben AffleckFilm-wise, I still haven’t seen Gone Girl! I read the novel last year and devoured it in about a day and a half. I have been reluctant to pay cinema prices to see it after watching Before I Go To Sleep last month. I was really disappointed in it, and, bizarrely, felt that it was too long. Though the book took twice as long to read, it was far more compelling. Gone Girl was such a brilliant read that I’m worried that the film won’t do the book justice, but I’ll have to see it to find out.

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