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" I love 'Fatal Attraction.' "
" Female violence is a specific brand of ferocity. It's invasive. A girlfight is all teeth and hair, spit and nails - a much more fearsome thing to watch than two dudes clobbering each other. "
" I would love to do a full-scale graphic novel. "
" I'm a true-crime addict. It's not something I'm particularly proud of, but I can't stop. "
" I was always someone who wanted to write. I was a real shy, bookworm-ish kid, and I think my earliest stuff was fairly dark. "
" I love Joyce Carol Oates. I love Margaret Atwood, T.C. Boyle. Arthur Phillips is always consistent. "
" 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. "
" The midwest is great because it hasn't been entirely claimed. There's more room to write about it; it's harder to write about New York, because even if you've never been there, you think you know what it's like. To do it in any sort of fresh way is trickier. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" There are so many good books, I don't want to only read within one particular type. "
" I watched 'Psycho' a million times. "
" 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. "
" You don't normally see incredibly ugly people who've gone missing and it becomes a sensation. "
" I get really tense during the first draft. Really tense. That's not great for my family, because the first draft usually takes about a year. "
" 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?' "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Women shouldn't be expected to only play nurturing, kind caretakers. "
" No one watches 'Taxi Driver' and says, 'Oh, it's a male-oriented film.' No one looks at nine-tenths of the films out there that are headlined by men and say, 'It's a male-oriented film.' "
" I was very interested in what happens to the husband when his wife goes missing, and how quickly they can be turned into heroes and villains. "
" I tend to write about dark things that happen in a very domestic setting 'cause that, to me, is much scarier than the unknown. "
" There's nothing lovelier than having a newborn and still plotting a dark conspiracy. "
" I can't think of anything more crushing than slowly, over time, realizing exactly how wrong you were about someone. "
" I think that women really entwine with the people that they become close to in a way that men don't - and so, when they are forced to disentwine, you can't remove the vines without doing some damage. "
" I always loved scary movies, and my dad was a film professor. "
" I'm all for whatever transitions the book properly to a movie. "
" In marriage, it's best to keep perspective. Get out of your head and get some perspective. "
" Women are just as violently minded as men are, but with men, it's taken for granted. "
Taken For Granted
" Even good characters have their dark sides, and I think it is important that women aren't seen as innately good. "
" One of my biggest peeves is when the writer hasn't given you enough information to figure everything out. You should be able to go back to the beginning of 'Gone Girl,' after you've already read it and you know everything, and say, 'Check - check - yes, she gave us that information.' "