Gone girl was an interesting book to read, in many perspectives. First, it enabled me to look at marriage with a different view than before. I used to think that marriage is just two loving people living together in a house, forming a family. But the descriptions in the book demonstrated the different, more realistic view on marriage. Although Amy Dunne's parents live without problems, always loving as if they were born to marry each other, Amy and Nick's relationship does not run as smoothly. Also, this book is formatted so each chapter alternates in Nick's point of view and Amy's, and their narratives differ in various ways: what their focus on marriage is, their problems, and why the marriage isn't working out. This book could easily be illustrating the difference between a man and a women, but I think that Gone Girl is more about people's willingness to deceive others to bring them to your side and to believe that you are a good person. In their diaries, both of them tried to appeal to the readers that they were the good guy. When I put this to words, this sounds like a bad thing, but we do it all the time when talking to friends, parents, or anyone. So whenever I listen to my friends tell me their stories, even though I may be nodding with the friend's impassioned speech, I try to remember that there are always more than one side of a story.
I also liked how realistically the media was portrayed in this book. Although there was no sufficient proof that Nick has murdered his wife, Amy, the television shows and the media kept accusing Nick for his murder, just for the sake of stimulation and interest in viewers. We are exposed with dramatic stories from the media, and sometimes wish that it could happen to us, which leads to our believing in what we want to believe in. I guess it has something to do with the emptiness I feel when the myth I believed was true was disproven by science.
How do you feel about the media trying to dramatize almost everything? And do you believe that there exists such things as marriage? What do you think might be the most important factor in keeping marriage stable?
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