100 Years, 100 Stories
Video: Before Gillian Flynn became an author of three novels, including the New York Times bestseller “Gone Girl”, she grew up in Kansas City. Both of her parents worked at Metropolitan Community College.
The blockbuster novel was adapted into a big screen thriller starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. The story takes place in a fictional town in Missouri. The Missouri home for the story may be attributed to the fact that the film’s screen writer, who also wrote the novel, grew up in Kansas City. In fact, Gillian Flynn grew up very close to the Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley Campus.
The novel was named a New York Times best seller and has sold more than 8.5 million copies. The film has also won several awards.
“I think it is terribly exciting, obviously she has a lot of talent. We like to think that we nurtured her interests in those things,” explained Judith Flynn.
Judith, Gillian’s mother, taught reading at MCC- Penn Valley for years. She also met her husband, Matt Flynn, at MCC who taught students about film.
“I taught reading and books have always been a really important part of our lives and of course as our kids were growing up we spent a lot of time reading to them. And Matt’s experience teaching film is certainly relevant,” said Judith as she relived Gillian’s childhood while sitting in her sun room.
Her parents say growing up Gillian watched frightening movies and was always reading. “She liked scary movies from the start. She liked the whole idea of plots and mysteries and murder and everything that went with it,” said her father Matt Flynn.
Her parents strongly believe in education and say they are grateful for the wonderful MCC students they had chance to work with over the years.
“It is incredible to see how much MCC has impacted the community. I mean what a history and what a contribution. I think the role of a community college can’t be undervalued. When Matt and I were teaching, every semester we would come home and talk about students who you could tell would go on to do great things that they would not have been able to do without that college,” said Judith.