Monday, May 2, 2016

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 I've been bad at writing reviews the last past year on my blog. My reviews come sporadically and I'm behind at around 100 reviews on my to-review shelf on Goodreads. Inspiration struck this weekend (on my weekend to prepare for university finals... probably not smart) and here is a novel that I've read almost two years ago. I know I'm seriously behind, but I love this novel and my obsession has actually expanded since discovering this infamous mindfuck of a novel. Prepare for brief spoilers, gushing, philosophy on Nick & Amy's fucked up relationship, and why I'm obsessed with obsession. Also I've reformatted my blog and review method a little bit. Thoughts?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

5 stars

"Because everyone loves the Dead Girl."

Doesn’t everyone know what Gone Girl is about by now? Surprisingly, I’ve introduced this book and movie to about ten people who had never heard of it before. They now hate me because it royally fucked them up. Which is the point right?

There’s just something about Gone Girl. I don’t know what it is, but it’s one of those novels that instantly draws you in, but starts to taper off. I found that while reading this novel I was sucked in and then let go for a brief period of time and then by page 50 when the writing felt slow I was captured and never let go from this whirlwind psychological thriller. The slow pacing after the dark introduction doesn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the story. In fact, I think that’s why it was so easy to become enthralled once the mystery and questions started to unfold and where pushed into my face. I remember I came up with so many theories about what actually happened to Amy just because I didn’t want to be spot on the mark about the famous “TWIST”. Guess what, by the point when I read the novel it wasn’t hard to figure out what the twist could possibly be. Yet, there were still shocking moments in this that I absolutely loved and adored. This book is sick, twisted, and perverted. It’s everything I don’t want in a romantic relationship and everything that I want to witness unfolds between two increasingly neurotic narcissists. They are narcissists, which is something I don’t think I’ve come across them labeled as, but I will label them as such because they are so wrapped up in perceptions that they strove to be other people to satisfy some weird desire to gain affection.

“I’m a big fan of the lie of omission.”

I love Flynn’s writing style. She’s my go to writer for the fucked up, twisted, and psychologically stunted American woman and in this case man. She has taken it up several notches from her previous novels by taking on dual perspectives of a couple that matches each other in step with their own insanely demented personalities and all the while being the mirror image of each other. That’s why Amy and Nick Dunne are perfect for each other because they are mirror personalities. Each equally fucked up and stunted by a childhood that shaped them into unstable individuals living seemingly perfect lives. Flynn is a master of writer twisted leads, but she’s gone above and beyond by writing two sides of the same coin.

Whimsical Writer Scale: 5

Ever watched magnets repel each other if you force the same sides together? That’s what it’s like watching Amy and Nick. Not one word said in this novel is a true word because everything said has a hidden meaning, a deeper hate wrapped around a phrase. Even when these two are spewing the words, “I hate you” I never believed it. They are so off-balance from the real world that they have this weird idea of love that they cloak with the word hate. It’s debatable whether or not they love each other, but I think they are obsessed with one another. It’s unhealthy and I love it. Also the treasure hunt anniversary is cute. So I mean, they weren’t always ready to butcher each other.

The thing about Ben and Amy is that I hate them both. I hate them so much that I love them. They are one of my favorite literary couples and not because I aspire to be them, but because they always kept me on my toes waiting to find out what sick level they would stoop to in hopes of smearing the other person. It’s ridiculous and unbelievable, but I know that there are Nicks and Amys in the world. Unreliable narrators are my bread and butter and I made a French Croissant with the amount of psychological inadequacies Flynn provides.

Villain Scale: Broke My Scale

Kick-ButtPsycho Heroine Scale: 5
Swoon Worthy Douchebag Scale: 5

I obviously love this novel. I think it’s fantastic and all people should read Flynn because she’s as twisted as her characters and her readers. I mean I must be crazy to love reading about this couple as much as I did.

Plotastic Scale: 5

Book to Movie Adaptation
: I recommend checking out the movie for this and usually I don’t equate the movies to books in reviews (unless they are worth mentioning) and in this case it is worth mentioning. I just don’t advice eating while watching with bottles going up crevices and blood being spattered everywhere, your appetite may go down the drain. Unless you are like me and eat while watching Final Destination then bon appetite. -5

Cover Thoughts: I love this cover. It’s not even a cover. It’s just faded hair on the spine that reaches out. It’s fantastic.

What are your thoughts on Gone Girl? Are you a fan of the movie, book, or both? What do you think my incorporation of pictures? I want to also add in more special aspects of the novel like deckled edges and maps. Let me know down below in the comments!

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