Reading Gone Girl

 

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I have a confession….I love mysteries. It is a major thrill for me to guess whodunit along with the protagonist of the story. I had seen various advertisments about Gone Girl. Since I had never read Gillian Flynn’s work before  I decided to try this book. I am glad that I did.

Gone Girl is about a Nick and Amy Dunne who are about to celebrate their 5 year wedding anniversary. Until Amy disappears. Immediately Nick Dunne becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance.  This story has a lot of similarities to the real life high profilec murder cases of  Scott Peterson and Drew Peterson who ultimately were convicted  of murdering their wives.

Nick steadfastly proclaims his innocence even though the evidence continues to pile up against him.  The story takes quite a few twists and turns which I won’t spoil for those who haven’t read the book yet.  You may find yourself rooting for an unlikely character after certainly details are revealed.  Gone Girl is not a straight forward mystery where everything is as it seems. It is more like  the story of the highs and lows of this Nick and Amy Dunne’s marriage from when they first met until their fifth year wedding anniversary.  One of the major takeaways from Gone Girl is …do you really know the person you are married to/in a relationship? Or do you know a version of themselves they want you to see?

Next week the film version of Gone Girl is going to be released in theaters. I am definitely to going to see it. It will be interesting to see how the film compares with the book. Either way I will be posting my thoughts  on film vs book.  Until then feel free to leave comments on this post.

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The Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney My Summer Review

Summer time is one of my favorite times to read chic lit books. Since the temperatures soared into 100’s, I thought it was the perfect time to read The Star Attraction which I found out about through some of my twitter followers. This book was written by Alison Sweeney who hosts the reality show The Biggest Loser and stars on NBC hit daytime dram Days of Our Lives. This marks Alison Sweeney’s first time writing a fictional novel after her previous two nonfiction books. Kudos to her for a job well done.

The synopsis from the book jacket is as follows:

Sophie is a Hollywood publicist who has a fabulous job, a fabulous boyfriend, and a fabulous life. She evens scores her PR firm’s most important actor client and every woman’s dream- Billy Fox. But will a steamy make-out session in a restaurant alley with her big name client cost Sophie her job? And does she really want an escape from her and her loving, if imperfect, relationship with her investmment banker boyfriend? The Star Attraction takes us on a wild ride through one woman’s daytime soap come to life.

At first I was a bit skeptical to read this book. The synopsis sounded like the typical summer beach read. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how funny and entertaining the Star Attraction turned out to be. I actually found myself rooting for the book’s spunky heroine Sophie Atwater to succeed in her quest to find love and happiness. I am recommending The Star Attraction to anyone who is looking a fun, quirky read that will make you laugh out loud. Have you read the Star Attraction? If so let us know what you think. If not what are you waiting for? Until next time…stay cool and keep reading.

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To Read or Not To Read…World War Z by Max Brooks

Happy Summer Everyone. I know I am a little bit behind on the current releases. However I have been meaning to see World War Z in the movie theater. However after learning it is based (in part) on the book by the same name. I am wondering if I should read the book first? Or see the film first? I am already aware that changes were made to fit into 2 hour plus film. So I am wondering is it worth to read the World War Z book? Also, I would love to read your reviews so feel free to leave comments to this post. Thanks.

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The Great Gatsby Film Review

I saw The Great Gatsby last weekend. It was definitely worth the price of admission. Normally, I don’t read reviews, but I was curious to see what the film critics thought of it. And if it would do the F.Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece justice. Despite the mixed reviews I was thoroughly entertained and impressed that Baz Luhrmann was able to pull off such a visually stunning, lavish, fun movie without watering down the themes of the story.

Baz Luhrmann, whose previous films Moulin Rouge and William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, showcased his ability to incorporate pop music with classic stories. This time Baz Luhrmann used hip hop music which caused a lot of controversy before the film opened. However I didn’t find the music to be the least bit distracting at all instead it worked well with the scenes in which they were placed.

When I first learned of this latest remake of The Great Gatsby, I was curious to see how Leonardo Di Caprio would be as the mysterious self made millionaire Jay Gatsby. Not surprisely Leonardo Di Caprio disappeared into the role of Jay Gatsby with such ease that it is almost easy to forget this was an actor playing a role. As a matter of fact I was quite happy with the casting choices for Daisy, Tom, Jordan, and Tobey. I felt they all worked well together. The only issues I had with the film were the underdevelopment of the relationship between Nick and Jordan as it was in the book, and the miscast of Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson. I am guessing that Baz Luhrmann was trying to save time by not further exploring the Nick/Jordan relationship any more than he did. As for the character of Myrtle Fisher, I thought that Christina Hendricks,from the tv series Mad Men, would have been a better choice in my opinion. Simply because Christina Hendricks fit the description from the book and could do the character better justice than Isla Fisher did.

Last but not least major kudos to Catherine Martin who was responsible for the costumes. She absolutely got every detail right. All the suits and dresses were elegant, flirty, and fun. Hopefully we will see more of Gatsby’s twenties fashions as the new trend in the upcoming months.

Have you seen The Great Gatsby? We would like to know. Please kind enough to leave a comment to let us know what you thought of it.

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My NaNoWriMo Experience

I decided to participate in this year”s National November Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo challenge.  One month to write a 50 thousand word book beginning on November 1st.  Ok I can do this became my mantra for the entire month. As any writer can tell you writing can be a rewarding but often frustrating experience as you try to tell an entertaining ,coherent story. Some days the words would flow like water out of a faucet. Other days, it would be like being stranded in the Sahara Desert searching for a puddle of water to drink. On these days I read books, spent the holidays with family and friends, and survived devastating Hurricane Sandy.  I am proud to say that I completed my book on November 29th. The word count was 50,950.  After I submitted my story to NaNoWriMo I decided to take a break from it. No editing, revising, or reworking it for at least a few months. Perhaps one day soon I will revisit the story maybe even try to get it publish.  Until then I will enjoy this achievement with a well deserved pat on the back and a job well done to myself. 

We at the MVBClUB would love to read about your experiences with NaNoWriMo. Please come and share with us.

Remember Reading and Writing is Sexy.

 

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Halloween Reading

Happy October everyone. Halloween is rapidly approaching.  I usually like to read something that is scary or suspenseful.  One of my favorite books is The Dark Half by Stephen King. It has a great combination of suspense, spookiness, and a touch of humor to keep you reading to the last page.  We would like to know what is your favorite scary book? Which author makes you want to hide under your bed covers?

Remember Reading is Sexy and Spooky Good

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The Great Gatsby — Book Review

I heard so much about how much people liked or disliked The Great Gatsby. I had to read it for myself. I am glad that I took the chance and read it.  I was surprised by how short the book was. It came in around 175 pages. I had been expecting 600 pages at least.

I was captivated from the first sentence to the last. F. Scott Fitzgerald definitely has a way with words. I felt like I had been transported to 1920s West Egg, Long Island where the wealthy partied with absolute abandon. Champagne flowed endlessly like water out a faucet. Jay Gatsby was the epitome of this era with his polite yet mysterious demeanor. Once in his presence he made each person feel like they were the center of the universe.

But little does anyone know there is one person that Gatsby feels is his reason for being. Daisy Buchanan, his married love interest who happens to be Nick Carraway’s cousin. Daisy seems to be in a loveless marriage to Tom Buchanan who has a mistress. Daisy is tormented by this knowledge. It factors largely in her relationship with Jay Gatsby.

Throughout the book my perceptions of Gatsby and Daisy changed dramatically. I thought of Jay Gatsby as a mysterious potentially sinister man. But in the end he was far that image. He turned out to be person with the drive and ambition to achieve the American Dream. Daisy becomes interwined with this need to succeed as she previously left him because he was poor.

Daisy Buchanan turned out to be a spoiled, cold,manipulative person who didn’t care who she destroyed as long as she got what she wanted. This point was driven home by the tragedies that occurred in the final chapters of the story.

Once at the end of the book it became clear that Jay Gatsby’s love for Daisy was more of an obsession which almost consumed him mind, body, and soul. While Daisy used Gatsby as a means to torment her philandering husband. They left town together to start over. Nick Carraway describe them best at easily destroying others’ lives and leaving it to others to pick up the pieces while they enjoy their wealth elsewhere. Quite a poignant and true statement.

The Great Gatsby had such a profound effect on me that I had to stop every few chapters and process every single event that happened.

One of my favorite quotes was “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

…for one of these characters it did.

 I am highly recommending this book for everyone to read.

Please let us know what your thoughts are regarding it or this entry.

All comments are welcome!

~DP of MVBClub