Why Ben Affleck Can’t Be Batman

Side note (more note to self) about own blog. I have yet to find what makes this my book review blog vs a generic book report of what I like and dislike. I need a thing, and I don’t know what that is. I was hoping to get specific about writing style, but really, as long as I can read it and produce an image and read on, I’m golden. Will keep working on this thing of mine.

Since I just wrote about writing style. I enjoy the first person narrative because you really get inside the mind of the characters. I like the switching of POVs. You really get all sides of the story. Sometimes, I did have to think back on what happened to a character in one chapter when we come back around to them, so that’s a minor caveat. But it’s not like she does five chapters in a row of the same character.

What makes the book so much creepier than the film is that the book, being first person, delves deeper into the characters. It was like they were talking to me. whereas watching the film, they were just characters doing their thing only letting me in a couple of times through their voice over narration.

This will be more of a personal reaction to Gone Girl, the book, than a review. Remember that Facebook post that was going around about books that have stuck with you? This is one of those books.

To recommend this book would attract some judgement on my character, and reading this twisted story had me judging the author. I usually don’t read the acknowledgments, but I thought in this case, it could give me some insight on Flynn. Funny enough she is happily married with kids, and she had married friends read over her work. She even joked that she was glad the story did not ruin their marriages.

Anyway, it is a good book, but it is also terrifying. Don’t overthink it, okay?

I watched the movie first, and my mistake was watching it before attending a wedding, so that was fun. The movie has haunted me enough to pick up the book. Let me tell you, it is an interesting experience to be reading a book when you already have the story, and I think the movie has stayed true to the book, but with all movies based on books, a few scenes had to be cut. I’d have to watch the movie again to be sure, but I think the movie covered the important aspects. It is a testament to the book for me to sit down and read through it when I already know the story.

I don’t even want to summarize this one for you because I don’t know how to do it without spoiling it, and I think because I got no spoilers before walking into the story (the movie), that is why it has such a hold on me.

What is terrifying is the psyche of the characters… And you think about it; people like this actually exist in this world. The characters are extreme, but I think humans are capable of such extremity, and that is horrifying.

SPOILER WARNING!!

There is no happy ending; no one gets their due justice. They’re just trapped. I like and dislike this. I dislike this because the formula calls for a happy ending. Something that at least hints someone will get what’s coming to them; justice must be served! At the same time, I like that Flynn doesn’t follow the formula and not just for the sake of it. It’s a believable “resolution” to the whole story. It wouldn’t make sense for it to end any other way.

END OF SPOILER.

I’ve looked up the author and am intrigued by her work. Random fact about me. Edgar Allan Poe has always been my favorite. I loved the dark stuff, but he had such a dark childhood. I always thought I needed darkness to write. I’ve got my own monsters helping me with that, but I thought I needed Poe-level darkness, and Flynn, I think proves otherwise, and so far, I like that about her.

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The Martian by Andy Weir

A book for the space nerds. I am fascinated by space, but I know jack shit about it, and all I have are the images that TV news and Hollywood CGI have given me. You don’t have to be a space nerd to enjoy this book.

It is about a botanist astronaut who gets abandoned on Mars and plants potatoes to survive. Sounds lame, right? Wrong! I gave it a lame synopsis, but it is actually a thrilling novel.

I was a little skeptical in the beginning because there was a lot of math and science talk that I only half understood, but I kept reading with every other word going over my head, and “The Martian” is a an entertaining jokester. He’s a funny character. I also imagined Matt Damon reading to me, so that may or may not have influenced my opinion of the book.

Nonetheless, it was a good story, and while I did not understand all the math and science, I can certainly appreciate the details that provided the suspension of disbelief. Descriptive imagery, so it’s not hard to imagine his surroundings.

This is a hit or miss for people, but I enjoy the change in point of view in books because it gives you a little bit more to the story, and that is what Weir did. Not only do you get Mark Watney’s thoughts on how utterly fucked he is, but you also get to know what’s going on in Mission Control as they discuss how pretty much screwed he is. I can see the movie playing out in my head even though I haven’t seen it yet.

I had a hard time keeping up with all the characters in play (which is a problem I have with Game of Thrones as well), but every character had their part. It is a story about NASA putting people on Mars after all. And of course press is all over the story of Mark Watney, so that was part of the book, and I liked that because I could imagine myself keeping up with the Mark Watney story. Really, I’d probably be running audio during this story and be so enthralled, I’d forget to turn an anchor mic on.

I’d recommend this book and warn you to be wary of the math and science talk involved, but assure you it’s a good read.

I picked up this book because I found out that it had started out as a blog, and I imagine a pretty good one.

And now, all I can think about is starting a story blog of my own in hopes to turn it into a real story. So far, I got jack shit because the writing process is the same no matter the platform. I jump in and write, and then I start overthinking and stop writing.

Where am I as far as writing goes? I’ve got even more open projects, and none are close to done.

Next up for reading, Gone Girl. I finished The Martian just in time to bring it back to the library today and Gone Girl jumped out at me, and the book’s on my list and just got bumped up to the top of it.

Until next time.