Gillian Flynn (born February 24, 1971) is an American writer. Flynn has published three novels, Sharp Objects, Dark Places, and Gone Girl, all three of which have been adapted for film or television. Flynn wrote the adaptations for the 2014 Gone Girl film and the HBO limited series Sharp Objects, and was co-screenwriter of the 2018 heist thriller film Widows. She was the show-runner of the 2020 science fiction drama series Utopia. She was formerly a television critic for Entertainment Weekly.
Some critics have accused Gillian Flynn of misogyny due to the often unflattering depiction of female characters in her books. Flynn identifies as a feminist. She feels that feminism allows for women to be bad characters in literature. She states, “The one thing that really frustrates me is this idea that women are innately good, innately nurturing.”
Flynn also said 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.” In 2015, Flynn explained her decision to write cruel female characters, saying, “I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains – good, potent female villains.”