Gone Girl

Final Words: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This is the last post of the 10 in this ongoing series about Gone Girl. I hope it wasn’t too annoying to all of you guys and I’m sorry if you were accidentally spoiled. But if you liked it, comment below and tell me what part of the project you enjoyed reading!

I’m glad that I picked Gone Girl as a a book for my book project. There was a lot of depth and great use of literary devices that were fun to analyze. I loved the writing and use of the unreliable narrator. And like I said before, it appealed to my love of crime novels.

I think that some of my favorite band’s songs matched up really well with some of the book’s themes, especially the ones relating to toxic love. Halestorm is one of my favorite bands of all time. The lead singer, Lzzy Hale, has a fantastic voice and the band has a really tough sound that I adore.

Their song, “Mz. Hyde” matches PERFECTLY with Amy’s personality.

Lyrics here: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/halestorm/mzhyde.html

First of all, I’d like to address that Amy was a highly unreliable narrator. We are initially given the idea that she is the fun-loving, naive wife. She’s optimistic and cheerful. She doesn’t push her husband and he doesn’t expect her to. Then the second half of the novel begins. Her personality is revealed to be so much scarier than she really is. Along with Nick, we learn that Amy is a scary psychopath that really doesn’t feel any remorse. She wants revenge and she wants it bad.

But this two-faced character isn’t what made me think that this song was good for her personality.

These lyrics fit fantastically with her personality:

I can be the bitch,
I can play the whore,
Or your fairytale princess who could ask for more.
A touch of wicked,
A pinch of risqué,
Good girl gone bad, my poison is your remedy

During the novel, Amy talks about how she always puts on personas. She can play the “cool girl”. She can be the loving, doting girl. She talks about how she would love to use the “tough, abused girl” persona during her hideaway. I can completely imagine Amy singing this song in warning to Nick. It’s literally the perfect song for her.

Okay I need to go back to wrapping this project up.

Gone Girl was a super fun book to read. I can see myself rereading it a few years from now (not any time soon because I just did an entire project on it). The movie was pretty good in comparison to the multitude of other book to adaptations that have flopped. The characters were great and the plot was interesting.

If you want to read the posts from this project, they’re all linked below with short recaps!

Before I started to read the book, I talked about what I expected from the book, hype, and things my friends told me.

When  I got about 42% into the book, I blogged about my first impressions and predictions.

When  I finished, I felt a little disappointed and gave an idea of what I felt about the end.

Then I reviewed the book.

Yay movies! I watched the movie adaption and reviewed it.

I noticed that there was a lot of irony used in the book, so I talked about the uses.

I talked a little bit about the difficulty and use of dual perspectives.

I analyzed and compared all the ugly relationships that Amy had.

And finally, although this book had a lot of themes, I talked about why I think feminism is NOT one of them.

That’s all! Hope you liked reading about Gone Girl!

Romance Analysis: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

In Gone Girl, we are told repeatedly that Amy had a lot of admirers that were overly obsessive.

There’s Tommy O’Hare, the guy that she briefly dated before officially getting together with Nick.

There’s Desi Collings, her highschool ex that stalked her.

And of course, there’s Nick Dunne, the husband accused of murder.

In all three instances of romance, we learn something about Amy and how she treats men. (more…)

Dual Perspective: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl is written from two perspectives – Amy Elliot Dunne and Nick Dunne. The entire book is written in first-person point-of-view but we are given two different timeframs

In Nick’s chapters, everything is in the present. We’re learning about the details and clues of Amy’s disappearance as he finds it. We learn about his side of the issue and all the little details of their marriage.

In Amy’s chapters, everything in part 1 is technically set in the past. They are excerpts of Amy’s diary. They are written in different tenses, depending on what she is talking about. They generally detail the details of their relationship from her point-of-view. Part 2 and 3 are set in the present and tell about what Amy has done during her disappearance.

The great thing about this book was the the dual perspective was really easy to read. In a lot of books, each person’s personality and speech pattern is exactly the same. They often wash together into a large collection of opinions that are hard to associate with any single character. It makes it hard to remember what perspective the chapter is in which of course, makes the book hard to enjoy (I’m looking at you Blood of Olympus). In Gone Girl, we get two distinct voices. It’s easy to differentiate between the characters and their opinions. Not wishy-washy or puzzling. Clear, distinct, and easy to read.

I thought the use of the dual perspective was very clever. The entire novel exaggerates the possible repercussions of toxic marriages. With two perspectives, we are able to see the opinions of both sides of the marriage. We learn about Amy and why she, as the wife, began to feel bitter about the marriage. We learn about Nick and his reasons for having a mistress.

With two perspectives, the use of dramatic irony was highly effective. Marriage is built on trust and understanding. Lack of it will result in some serious problems, some of which may eventually result in a situation just as bad as the one in Gone Girl. Okay most people probably aren’t psychopaths but bitter feelings will definitely arise. By using dual perspectives, we learn more about how each person felt about trusting the other person. We get a heightened sense of emotion for each character.

In this case, we kind of just don’t want them to kill each other.

This is why you should talk to your significant others. So you don’t end up bitter and angry.

What do you think about the use of dual perspectives in Gone Girl?

Irony: Gone Girl

Gone Girl used all three types of irony and it’s one of the reasons that it was such an entertaining read. All three were used to enhance the plot and suspense in various ways. I can’t even begin to count all of the times that they use irony in the book.

Before I get into more detail about the use of irony within this book, I have to get this off of my chest.

Every single time I think about irony, I always end up thinking about the song “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette.

I know that it isn’t ironic at all. But I have to thank my sixth grade English teacher for showing that video to my class. It’s a pretty decent song but funnily enough, few of my classmates actually remember hearing it.

With that song playing in the background, I’ll just continue with the rest of this post. (more…)

[Movie Review] Gone Girl

Just finished the movie today! I had a snow day so I didn’t have any school. I just sat down and watched it.

Keep in mind that I’m not at all certified to make statements about the film quality. My opinion is purely from the opinion of a reader and movie watcher.

I was really surprised by the movie’s portrayal of Amy. When I was reading the book, I didn’t get the feeling that she was as cold and detached as the movie version. I envisioned a completely different person. I thought a character that was difficult to read and hid her emotions really well. I thought that Amy would have acted more superficially cheerful and less calculative. Especially in the beginning of their marriage. I didn’t think that Amy would have acted so.. robotic. I honestly expected a bigger flip in personality than I saw in the movie. Nonetheless, I respect each actor’s portrayal of a character. Rosamund Pike’s version of Amy was just as believable as what I had pictured. But I do think that the journal writing was really well done. Is it weird if I liked watching her write in a notebook? I really liked her handwriting

I think this is the first Ben Affleck film I’ve watched but I already don’t like him. I didn’t really like his acting or the portrayal of Nick. Nick certainly came off as a douchebag but I didn’t really think that all levels of his character were communicated through the movie.

The romance was definitely messed up. No wait. I liked the romance. The proposal in the beginning of the movie was probably the cutest thing ever (although I don’t think it was in the book). The romance in the beginning, with the young love and dating was super cute. It contrasted really well with the end of their marriage. I think the emotions felt really suppressed during some parts but that might just be because I didn’t like the acting. Overall, the romance wasn’t mediocre. But it was the type of romance that made you want to punch the characters for being so stupid.

I agree, Amy.

Fave character in the movie was Go. I liked Go in the book and I really liked Go’s portrayal in the movie. Her character was a breath of fresh air, believable, and tough. She was supportive and realistic. I related to her character a lot. I think a lot of the things she said would make fantastic gifs and screencaps. I just wish that the relationship between Go and Nick hadn’t been as forced in the movie.

Pretty sure she had this moment at least five times in the movie. You and me both, Go. I just love her character.

Obviously the movie took some scenes from the book out; almost all book to movie adaptations have to. This book was about 400 pages long and the movie around 2 hours and 20 minutes long. If they had included everything, it would have been ridiculously long. The movie included nearly every important scene. It changed some stuff to make it shorter, or more understandable. But it was a really good adaptation. The tone was almost identical to what I was experiencing during the book.

The only thing I can say that I was a little bored throughout the movie. It was probably because I had read the book and knew exactly when everything was going to happen. The stuff that was supposed to be surprising wasn’t surprising at all. The ending, like in the book, felt a little anticlimatic but it was significantly more bearable.

So, overall, a pretty good adaptation! Reading the book helps someone understand the emotions and reasons behind the characters some more. In this case, I feel like it wouldn’t have mattered if I read the book or the movie first. It would all depend on if I prefer books or movies more. If I like reading more, then I read the book first because I don’t want to get spoiled and vice versa for the movie.

If I were to give this a rating, it’d be somewhere around 3-3.5 stars out of 5 (as a movie adaptation of a book, not necessarily film quality).

[Review] Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn

Series: None

Publication Date: June 5th, 2012

Publisher: Crown Publishers

Number of Pages: 415

Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Romance

Source: School library

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


Summary

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

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Just Finished: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Someone please hold me now while I cry over the ending.

Okay it didn’t make me cry. But I did think that it was a disappointing ending to a decent novel.

Again, I will definitely be discussing spoilers!

Um. Okay.

First of all, I want to say that that ending sucked. It royally sucked. There was absolutely no resolution and Nick and Amy are definitely crazy for thinking that staying in a toxic marriage is safe for either of them. Nick is a complete idiot (on top of being a douchebag) for actually staying with her and Amy needs to take a chill pill.

I’m deeply unhappy by the fact that Nick feels an obligation to get his wife arrested. It’s NOT HIS FAULT that she is crazy. He could live in the lovely mountains of Switzerland and completely shun any modern day technology. He could think like his wife did the entire book and leave an untraceable trail.

On the other hand, I was told that Amy would get some type of punishment and she didn’t. She murdered somebody and she didn’t get caught. What. Clearly the cops suck at their job because Amy didn’t get caught at all. There was that one inconsistency with the panties. It wasn’t Amy’s or Andie’s size so why was it in Nick’s office? I for one, think that they should have observed where it was sold (in their town) and tried to find all the people that bought that pair of underwear. And if Amy showed up in the records…. maybe she would have been caught.

I can say that I wasn’t too surprised by the end. I think a part of me was in denial when I was reading the last few chapters. I knew I wanted Nick to press charges against Amy so that she could be locked up. But then when I got to the part where Amy overhears Nick talking to his lawyer… I knew it was all over. There were only about twenty pages left and there was no way that Nick could escape in twenty pages (much to my chagrin).

But overall, I’m kind of satisfied with the novel. I enjoyed reading it a lot. Today, I picked up the movie from Redbox and realized that it was a R-rated movie. I was momentarily surprised before realizing that the book had some… inappropriate scenes. So I’ll probably “watch” it with my mom soon (In other words, I’ll watch and she’ll sleep.).

In the meantime, I watched both movie trailers.

The first one…. I didn’t really like it. I don’t think I would have chosen to watch this movie had I not known there was a book. I didn’t like the cheerful background of the video and the acting felt very plastic-y. So I went on to watch the second trailer.

I liked this portrayal a lot more. The dramatic music gave it more urgency and made Amy seem… more sinister? It made the whole situation feel more sinister. But I kind of wish that the trailer hadn’t told so much to the viewer. In the book, I liked that the information was slowly leaked to readers. We’d learn that Amy was pregnant in one chapter or that Nick had hit Amy in another. I know it might have been predictable but I really liked how the information was dispersed throughout the novel.

Anyways, that was just a general overview of my opinions on the novel. I’ll be more detailed in an upcoming review!

First Impressions: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I’m about 42% through Gone Girl (according to Goodreads) and so far…. I’m not sure who or what I should be criticizing.

So far we know that Nick and Amy had a completely toxic relationship. Nick had fallen out of love with Amy and had a mistress named Andie. That mistress was 23-years-old. Way younger than he was.

It’s clear that both were expecting too much from each other.

Nick…. his personality reminds me a lot of a miserable man that is this close to breaking. I feel like he’s always wound up and about to explode in a violent fireball of emotion. He can’t seem to get a hold of his own emotions and he doesn’t know exactly what he’s supposed to feel. He’s hiding a lot of important information and doesn’t know what he’s doing 99% of the time. Unreliable narrator alert.

Yet I don’t think that he is the perpetrator of the crime. That would make it entirely too predictable and wouldn’t fit into the “surprise” factor that everybody says this novel has. I think there’s some more stuff that we haven’t learned about the entire situation. We’re meant to go through more of the clues that Amy has left for him. By now we’ve learned why he can’t go through the entire scavenger hunt in one go. It’s because he feels sick reading all of the praise she gives him, especially since he’s cheated on her. I don’t think that he is looking for Amy out of desperation or want, but rather out of obligation or guilt. He feels that as a dutiful husband he should be sadder when obviously, he isn’t. And he also wants to save himself from being blamed. I never feel like his motive is love (well obviously if he’s fallen out of love, it isn’t).

Amy is a wild card. Part of me thinks that she’s staged the situation to happen but at the same time, it’d again, be far too predictable. We’ve learned that she tried to purchase a gun from the neighborhood gang. We know that she’s clingy and craves her husband’s love. Her entire personality screams instability. It makes sense that she’d want to “punish” him and blame her disappearance on him. She keeps blaming her change in personality on Nick. She too, is an unreliable narrator. Most of her diary entries detail how she feels towards her marriage and the rise and fall in their relationship. I think that we’re supposed to slowly learn about the problems they had in their relationship through her perspective. And maybe she’ll slowly go crazy because her personality is already a little…. unstable.

I think that both weren’t exactly sure they wanted from the relationship. Amy seemed to want a fairytale relationship with her husband where everything would be sickeningly sweet. If I’m honest, I thought some of her clues and letters were really really gag-worthy. Not sweet or romantic. Gag-worthy. Nick just wanted a relationship that was relaxed. Kind of like a best-friends type one. With such different goals and expectations, I think that they were destined to fail as a couple.

So as of now… my prediction is as follows.

Possibility #1: Amy is a cray woman that staged her own kidnapping with the help of some random person that we probably don’t know about. She found out about Nick’s mistress and decided to pour her anger and frustrations into her letters to her creepy ex-boyfriend, Desi. Desi jokingly decides to suggest that she stage a disappearance to “punish” Nick. She jumps on the idea without Desi knowing.

Possibility #2: Maybe Nick’s crazy father was involved and fell in love with Amy (in some twisted world because this doesn’t make sense at all) and the two decided to stage her kidnapping and elope off in Las Vegas.

Possibility #3: Amy decided to be dramatic and disappear randomly. She would put the answer to her disappearance in her clues (which Nick is conveniently taking his sweet time with).

Possibility #4: Amy wants to test her husband’s intelligence and how he would respond to her disappearance. So she does this and is spying on him.

It’s really far-fetched. I know. But I have no idea where the story is going at the moment because I really hope that the cliche, predictable, normal, endings aren’t going to happen. So that’s going to be what my prediction is XD

If you’ve read Gone Girl, how close were my predictions? If you are reading it at the moment, what predictions do you have?

Pre-Reading: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This post serves two purposes.

1. To warn all my followers about the posts that will be going up.

2.. To review everything I’ve heard about this book up until now.

1. If any of you don’t know yet, I’m a high schooler. Obviously that means I take classes on a daily basis and do this as a hobby because I don’t have time to expand my blog as much as I would like to.

Every semester in English I have to read a book off of a list in order to finish a book project. This time around, I decided to read Gone Girl. The project is due on the 6th, which means that between now and Thursday, a lot of posts about Gone Girl will be going up on my blog. I apologize in advance and wish to tell everybody that I will definitely be discussing spoilers within the novel. At the same time, I will be trying to stick to my regular blogging schedule although as I said in a blog update earlier, it will be difficult. Especially since I’ll be trying to finish 10 posts on the side because I didn’t plan on it.

And now onto part 2 of this post.

Gone Girl is an adult thriller novel released in 2012. It was adapted to the big screen in 2014.

I heard loads and loads about this novel earlier, especially since the movie released last year. I can’t even begin to count the number of times that someone told me, “Oh that movie was really good! I didn’t know that it was based on a book!”

The funny thing is that I can’t even fathom trying to watch a movie without reading the book first. I almost always research a movie I might see prior to watching it. And no, I don’t have high expectations for the movie because I’m generally unimpressed by cinematography.

Regarding the book itself, I’ve had two teachers tell me that Gone Girl would fuck with my mind. I’ve heard people say that the ending would enrage me or that the book would cause me to think that I myself am messed up. I’m already expecting the book to cause me intense feelings because I haven’t heard a single negative thing about it. But at the same time, I’m expecting the book to grossly disappoint me because 99% of popular books don’t sit well with me.

I’m going in completely blind. I think most people know what the book is about, but I kind of suck at keeping up with American pop culture. Especially movies. So I literally have no idea what the book is about.

So far, I really enjoy the book design. I got the copy that appears like this:

Gone Girl

I really like the color scheme of the book itself. The book is black and it’s flaps are neon orange. It’s kind of distracting when I try to read the summary, but it’s a really flattering design.

As for what I think the book is about…. uh some girl disappears? A girl flies off into the wind saying, “gone”? Maybe her hair is gone because it flies away with the wind. I have no idea.

What were your first impression when you first heard about Gone Girl?