Gillian Flynn (born 1971) is an American author and former television critic for Entertainment Weekly. As of 2012, she has published three novels: Sharp Objects (2006), Dark Places (2009), and Gone Girl (2012).
Flynn grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and attended the University of Kansas. She earned a Master's degree from Northwestern University, and has worked for Entertainment Weekly. Flynn initially wanted to work as a police reporter, but chose to focus on writing as she had "no aptitude" for police reporting. Flynn is married to Brett Nolan and has one son.
Some critics have accused Flynn of misogyny due to the often unflattering depiction of female characters in her books. She has responded to the accusations by stating that she felt that the idea that women are "innately good, innately nurturing" put a "very, very small window on what feminism is" and that while people will dismiss "trampy, vampy, bitchy types – but there's still a big pushback against the idea that women can be just pragmatically evil, bad and selfish".
- Sharp Objects (2006) revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned to her hometown from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families, violence and self-harm.
- Dark Places (2009) is about a woman who investigates whether or not her incarcerated brother was truly responsible for the murder of their family in the 1980s, which happened when she was a child during the era of panic about Satanic ritual abuse. Dark Places has been adapted into a feature film, written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, and is set for release in the US on September 1, 2014. Flynn will make a cameo appearance in the film.
- Gone Girl (2012), was released in June 2012 and concerns a husband who searches for his wife, who disappeared on their fifth wedding anniversary, while he comes under police scrutiny as the prime suspect. Flynn has been contracted to write the script for a film adaptation of Gone Girl after 20th Century Fox purchased the film rights for $1.5 million. The film will be directed by David Fincher. and the film will be released on October 3, 2014.
In 2007, Sharp Objects was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.
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- Entertainment Weekly
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