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Gone Girl (2012)

Posted on Friday, December 12th, 2014 under Reviews | No comments

3 out 5 condescendingly accurate analogies
Gone Girl

I'm taking the next few days working at home, as I managed to catch the inevitable flu that has been circling our house, roommate to roommate. That, of course, means that while I am not fully up to being productive, I still can't shut off my brain and sleep during the middle of a workday.

Instead, Crystal (also home sick) and I laughed our way through a whole season and 1/2 of Bob's Burger's after which I forced myself to focus and finish at least one book I started this month (there are many). It is no joke that the immediate availability of pocketed iPhones and endless Netflix queues makes for seriously distracted living. Even with a book that has such well-done pacing and chapter breaks, I still feel like it took me a long while to finish Gone Girl.

The dialogue and character narration are probably what I enjoyed most from this Gillian Flynn thriller. Each voicing was distinct and exactly fitting to how I pictured the roles (which plays out unfortunately for me as the story progresses). Too often I felt a simpatico connection with Nick or a wounded understanding with Diary Amy, only to be jarred awake by the realities of fact and the acknowledgement of fiction.

One-fifth into the book I was hooked; meaning I was thoroughly frustrated by the circumstances and Nick's responses, so I had no choice but to give in to 500 more pages, hoping they would lead to something good. Two-thirds through I was annoyed with everyone in the story (in the best way possible). It's similar to how I felt when Matt Z had me watch Arrested Development for the first time; on several occasions I tried to enjoy the show, but I kept connecting too much with the characters and becoming impatient with their selfish motives and lackadaisical downward spiraling. Theirs and this story were well-written with abounding details and emotions pliable enough to make them our own. I was annoyed that I kept backing the wrong character and annoyed that the characters continued to run headlong into the worst possible choices. But that indignation is a sign of great writing, pulling the reader/viewer in at every turn.

By the last few chapters of the book, I could see the ending I wanted (or at least, had expected) wasn't in sight. I'd be interested to hear what you all thought of Flynn's ending, but for me, I didn't feel satisfied. I think she left off with a wonderful statement and even a bit of closure, but the justification I wanted at 50 pages in wasn't what I left with.

Naturally, the idea was to read the book first and then see the film version that was released a couple of months ago. After thoroughly enjoying Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo, I am excited to see what he brings to this role. Laura Walden did warn me that the music is a bit of an oddity, comparing it to the Heavy Rain PS3 game, but as I haven't played that, we'll just have to see how it goes.

*If you are curious, that sweet Hobbit bookmark is by Suenghee.

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