Oct 092013

In this episode of the Wait Wait… Gillian Flynn is a very nice person who writes books about very unpleasant people. Her suspenseful, best-selling mystery novel is told from the perspective of Nick and Amy, a couple who are as unreliable as narrators as they are as spouses.

Since Flynn’s name, Gillian, is just one letter short of “Gilligan,” we’ve invited her to answer three questions about the classic TV series Gilligan’s Island.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST: And now the game where somebody works really hard on something difficult and then gets to not care about something ridiculous. It’s called Not My Job. Gillian Flynn is a very nice woman who writes books about very unpleasant people. Her mystery thriller “Gone Girl” was a number one New York Times bestseller. We are delighted to have her with us here in Chase Bank Auditorium. Gillian Flynn, welcome to WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!


SAGAL: So you’ve written three books, all of which were bestsellers, being made for the movies, all deeply twisted thrillers about murderous, strange people. And you’re just sitting here smiling at me like the nicest person in the world. What has drawn you to that kind of story?

GILLIAN FLYNN: You know, I always loved thrillers. I always loved scary movies, and my dad was a film professor. And, I mean, I have very early memories of, you know, that top-loading VCR and like we’re going to watch “Psycho,” (makes noises). And I mean, I had a crush on Norman Bates. He was one of my first crushes, so…


SAGAL: I’m sorry.


SAGAL: Norman Bates, of course, is the murderer, as we find out, I’m sorry if I spoiled that for you, in “Psycho.”


SAGAL: Played famously by Anthony Perkins. And we’re watching the movie, and we are, the rest of us human beings, are like oh, he’s a scary, obviously twisted individual. And you’re like, he’s dreamy.


FLYNN: He was so…

SAGAL: Really?

FLYNN: He was so handsome. He cooked. He made her a sandwich.



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