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Neil Patrick Harris
Can you see 'Gone Girl' before reading the book?
Can you see 'Gone Girl' before reading the book?

I have tracked the success of Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" -- the thriller has spent 77 weeks on our bestseller list -- and I have given the book as a gift. I have watched with anticipation as the movie was put together, cast and crew announced, and trailers gone online. The one thing I haven't quite gotten to is reading the book. But I saved a copy on my desk, determined to read the novel before the movie opened. This is important to me, giving the book precedence. The book is the original artifact; the movie is an interpretation. And a novel -- a good novel, anyway -- will have more depth and detail and ideas and resonances than all but the best movies can hope to...

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