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" A really great popcorn movie is extremely hard to pull off. A really great popcorn book is equally hard to pull off, so I don't feel guilty devouring one. "
" I'm all for whatever transitions the book properly to a movie. "
" I am not someone who has hobbies. I have tried knitting, and I can't figure it out. "
" My interest is in turning over a rock and seeing what's underneath. It's a personality trait more than anything; it's what made me want to become a crime reporter, even though I was not suited for it personality-wise. "
" Because I'm a woman writing about women who do bad things, that's somehow very 'other.' When men write that, it's called a novel. It's just a book. "
" Very quickly, I discovered I did not have what it takes to be a good crime reporter: I was too unassertive and a little bit wimpy. It was very clear that was not what I was going to do, but I loved journalism, and I'm the daughter of a film professor, and my mom taught reading. "
" Some of the most disturbing, sick relationships I've witnessed are between long-time friends, and especially mothers and daughters. "
" For me, suspense is always harder and better than going for the quick, outright scare. "
" The skill set that lets you be alone in your pyjamas for two years writing a book is not the same skill set that lets you go on television shows like 'The View' or 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.' "
" I've always read in order to figure out people more, and that includes bad people and good people. "
" The newspaper industry was built on the penny dreadfuls. "
" To me, marriage is the ultimate mystery. "
" I love Robin Wright's character in 'House of Cards' because she's a bona fide villain. She's a not-nice person in a believable way; you can see her working in the world. "
" People focus on the darker female characters in my books, but for every one of those, I can also show you an equally screwed up man that no one ever comments about, or a nicer woman that no one comments about. I don't feel like that's my specialty. "
" Even good characters have their dark sides, and I think it is important that women aren't seen as innately good. "
" I don't think I'm naturally a good person. I think some people have an innate goodness to them, and I am sort of proud of the fact that I kind of keep myself in check, probably because I have awesome parents. "
" I've always been a mystery fan. My very first grown-up book, I distinctly remember going to the library and my mom helping me pick out an Agatha Christie book. I was in fifth grade or something and very proud of being in the adult fiction aisles. I tore through 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles.' "
" There's nothing that can drive me from zero to crazy faster than a man who comes up to me and says, 'You know, I don't normally read books by women, but I really liked 'Gone Girl.'' "
" I'm a true-crime addict. It's not something I'm particularly proud of, but I can't stop. "
" Kansas City is truly an awesome town. "
" What I read and what I go to the movies for is not to find a best friend, not to find inspirations, not necessarily for a hero's journey. It's to be involved with characters that are maybe incredibly different from me, that may be incredibly bad but that feel authentic. "
" There are so many good books, I don't want to only read within one particular type. "
" Books and movies are kind of my two great loves. I don't have too many other actual hobbies. That's pretty much it. "
" As a kid in the eighties, I didn't need much disposable income. I went to Catholic school - white shirt, plaid skirt - so fashion choices were limited. But youth finds a way. For me and my schoolmates, neon argyle socks were a crucial barometer of coolness. Hair ribbons, too, and they didn't come cheap. "
" What I tell myself is that there is never going to be another 'Gone Girl' for me. I mean, I really believe that. I think I'll write other good books; I have faith in that. "
" The first time my mom read my very first book, she was like, 'I'm not gonna belabor this. It's not a big deal. But I have to ask the question: Is everything okay?' "
" I read all kinds of novels, as long as they're good. "
" I'm not much of a procedural person. That's not what I'm interested in. "
" As much as I really like the screenwriting thing, the novel is where the author has so much control. "
" I just think - the Midwest, if you grow up there, you're deathly afraid of putting on airs. Any time a Midwesterner criticizes someone, it's usually involving some form of being too big for your britches. "
" Libraries are filled with stories on generations of brutal men, trapped in a cycle of aggression. I wanted to write about the violence of women. "