When A Book Gets In Your Head

Book Hangover2

Have you ever read a book that you cannot stop thinking about? The kind of book that you find your mind drifting back to when in conversation with others, when you’re day-dreaming and as your falling asleep. There have only been a few books that have really done this to me (Lionel Shriver’s We Need To Talk About Kevin is one of them) and, most recently, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. This isn’t a new book, our Hayley reviewed the book back in 2012 when it came out, but I only recently read it.

My best friend read it, asked me if I had and told me I just had to. I had been intrigued but never got around to it. When it came to her birthday and she wanted to see the film adaptation in gold class, I borrowed her copy.

I picked it up on Friday night, started reading Saturday morning and finished Sunday afternoon. I went out for several hours on both days and didn’t stay up ridiculously late. I’m not a slow reader but I’m not a ridiculously fast reader either. I only read quickly when a book captivates me and that’s the best way to describe Gone Girl. I couldn’t put it down because I just wanted to know what happened. Every time I thought I had figured it out, BAM, something else would happen that blew all my theories out of the water.

At work on the Monday I asked every single person in my department if they had read the book and told them they had to just because I wanted to talk to someone about it. The book was so far in my head, it was all I could think about and gave me some serious writer envy because I would love to write a book that good.

I have seen the movie twice. Once with a group of my friends and a week later I dragged DG along just so he knew why I couldn’t stop talking about it. Both times I was blown away by the brilliant writing, directing and acting. Say what you want about Ben Affleck, the guy was amazing and I don’t think I’ll ever look at Rosamund Pike the same way again. It was one of the greatest book to movie adaptions I’ve seen (it helps that the author also wrote the screenplay). I’ve seen articles that have described the movie as boring if you’ve read the book because there is nothing new, but isn’t that what you want? They left some small bits out but for the most part, it played out on the screen the way it had in the book. While it was a long movie, going for two and a half hours, I was not bored at any point.

I have been able to convince some people at work to read the book and many more have seen the movie (though obviously just not on my recommendation, everyone is raving about it). Everyone has come into work talking about it and saying how insane the movie and the concept is. After seeing it with DG and getting home at 10:30pm, he stayed up till 2am thinking about it. I still haven’t stopped thinking about it.

It’s one of the things I love about the written word, the ability it has to get inside your head. It can make you think about things you ordinarily wouldn’t. For me, Gone Girl brings up the question of if you ever really truly know anyone. I love the way it explores the psyche of different people. Books like Gone Girl are one of the reasons I want to be a writer.

Have you read/seen Gone Girl? What did you think? What was the last book that got inside your head?

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  • http://iamevilcupcake.com/ iamevilcupcake

    I haven’t read Gone Girl, but the book that has stuck with me the most was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Burrows. I read this in it’s entirety on a Sunday morning, was finished by lunchtime. I DEVOURED it. I had such a physical reaction to it, tears about to break forth, and my mum asked “Was it really that good?” All I could do was nod my head emphatically and hand the book over to her to read. I really must read it again!

    • Monique Fischle

      I’ve read that book but I don’t remember having that reaction to it. Maybe I’ll have to give it another try!

  • Jen

    I agree about Gone Girl was definitely one you wanted to talk about with everyone!! I’ve just finished Through the Cracks by Honey Brown and that on is sticking with me too, similarly to Room by Emma Donahue (sp?) Man i love reading!!

    • Monique Fischle

      I will have to read those books then, thanks for the tip! I love books that stick with you!

      • Jen

        Just be warned they’re not about the nicest events!

  • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

    “A writer never forgets the first time he accepted a few coins or a word of praise in exchange for a story. He will never forget the sweet poison of vanity in his blood and the belief that, if he succeeds in not letting anyone discover his lack of talent, the dream of literature will provide him with a roof over his head, a hot meal at the end of the day, and what he covets the most: his name printed on a miserable piece of paper that surely will outlive him. A writer is condemned to remember that moment, because from then on he is doomed and his soul has a price.”

    The Angel’s Game. That quote hit me so much I read it over 3 times, and have kept it with me since.

    • Monique Fischle

      I love this. Fantastic quote.

  • http://johnanthonyjames.com/ John James

    Illario by Mary Gentle was the last book that did that to me. I just loved the characters in that book so much — I didn’t want to leave them behind — I missed having them in my life.

    These are the kind of books I want to write myself. Stories full of characters that you become so emotionally engaged with, that you find it difficult to let them go when then story finishes… that’s the goal, anyway.

    • Monique Fischle

      Isn’t it just? I would LOVE to have written The Fault in Our Stars by John Green because the characters themselves were just so amazing. With Gone Girl, I didn’t particularly care for the characters, but I was extremely interested in what happened to them.

  • Sophia Russell

    A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. I cried and cried during that book, and felt very much emotionally winded when it finished.

    I’d love to read Gone Girl Monique but I know how the storyline develops. Do you think it would take away from the experience of reading the book? I’ve read great things about it!

    • Monique Fischle

      I’ll have to check that out as well. I love a book that can make you cry. It’s hard to say whether it would take away from it, it wouldn’t be as shocking maybe, but the book goes a little more in depth so I think there’s enough to make it worth reading even if you know what happens.

  • A Blog Called Henry

    I didn’t love Gone Girl at all! Everyone told me that I HAD to read it (maybe that’s why? Overhyped?) Regardless, I didn’t like any of the characters – self absorbed, egotistical – and I couldn’t care less what happened to them. I found it a real struggle to finish the book. Isn’t it funny how different books resonate with different people?
    I recently finished We Were Liars by E Lockhart and lordy! I can’t stop thinking about it. I really need to talk about it. I made a friend read it straight after and she read it in a single night and had the exact same reaction as me. Amazing, beautiful, heartbreaking…an incredible book.

    • Monique Fischle

      I’ve had a few reading experiences like that. Everyone raves and I just don’t like it. Granted, I didn’t like the characters in Gone Girl but I just wanted to know what happened to them.

      I’ll add that book on my list too. I’m glad I wrote this post, giving me lots of book recommendations!

      • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

        Agree with you both, I hated all the characters and I hated how it ended. But the book was fascinating

        • Monique Fischle

          I hated the ending too. And the last part of it became a bit unbelievable. Still a great read.

      • A Blog Called Henry

        Haha…I sometimes wonder if there is something wrong with me when I don’t ‘get’ a book that everyone else is obsessed with. And it’s funny – I remember LOVING Shantaram and I gave it to a good friend thinking she would love it too because we both loved travel (and that’s what I loved about the book) and she hated it because she hated the MC. I was shattered.

        So true about the book recommendations too…I have LOTS to add to my list…thanks everyone!

  • http://sonjalouise.wordpress.com SonjaLouise

    Most books get in my head, to be honest! Same with shows and movies that I really love. The Harry Potter series made a nice little home in there. So have Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera (a fictional but accurate account of a boy sent to Guantanamo Bay) Jessica by Bryce Courtenay and Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta.

    I have a hard time letting go of fictional worlds (which is probably why I enjoy fanfic so much)

    • Monique Fischle

      Harry Potter is a comfort read/watch/listen (the Stephen Fry audiobooks are the greatest). I just have so much love for it. When fictional worlds are written well (both for the page and the screen), it can be very hard to let go.

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