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?

Feel free to comment!

 

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Comment by Jamie K. on April 8, 2013 at 6:20pm

I almost started this book. I think it will be interesting based on what you wrote in the blog.  Your point on the media is true and happens a lot. On news the headings always dramatize certain events that happened but sometimes these things aren't dramatized and are the truth. I think it depends on the viewpoint and basically what you want to believe. I guess this involves your book. Whether or not you believe the husband murdered the wife. Nice blog!!

Comment by Amy R. on April 8, 2013 at 6:51pm
I loved this book, with passion. The dynamic relationships involved and the way surprises were sprung upon the reader sporadically throughout the book made me devour it. My parents read it, I read it, my neighbor read it- we all loved it!
Comment by Dominique Pasek on April 27, 2013 at 4:09pm

I've heard of this book before. I'm sure many people have read it. It sounds very interesting-I might even enjoy it!

Comment by Justine Chee on April 27, 2013 at 8:59pm
Controversial marriages are the media's favorite type of juicy gossipy story, isn't it? I feel like the media these days are distorting the truth to unfathomable degrees and in a way are brainwashing us with what we want to hear. Even though we feel like we might be the "bad" guy, I feel like one of the hardest things to do is admitting your guilt because we try to pretend as if we are always the "good" guy. Great blog! B)
Comment by Sam Yim on April 28, 2013 at 3:27pm

My own English teacher recently read Gone Girl and recommended it to us so I thought I'd check your blog post out! I couldn't agree more with the idea that there's never just one side to a story. This is important to remember, especially when listening to a close friend's side of a story.

Comment by Grace Liu on April 28, 2013 at 4:52pm

I hate how the media twists the truth, especially when it comes to people's relationships, and it's not really their business. 

Anyway, this seems like a really interesting book. I like the idea of the diaries, since it gives the reader an opportunity to be more engaged in the story. I've actually never heard of this novel, so I think I'll pick it up sometime!

Comment by Cameron Berglund on April 28, 2013 at 7:34pm

I have always believed that there are multiple sides to a story, but this seems to be a pretty extreme case of this. I also agree with how the media can twist reality into its own creation, and that really makes me mad. Nice job!

Comment by Sarah An on April 28, 2013 at 8:12pm

Oh gosh, I really want to read this book now!

I totally agree with you that there is never just one side to a story.. but I do forget that sometimes when friends tell me a story..

I will definately try his book out! Great blog post!!

Comment by Melanie D'Andrea on April 28, 2013 at 9:12pm

Mr. Anderson was reading this book recently, and now after reading this blog post i think I'll have to read it too! I agree 100% about what you said about there always being multiple sides to a story. We have all been put into a situation where we think one thing happened and someone else thinks something completely different happened. I will definitely read this book! Great post!

Comment by Josh Lee on April 28, 2013 at 11:15pm

I was told about this book by my English teacher and it really did sound like a great book. After reading what you wrote about it, I think that it's time I actually get around to reading it. Good job on the blog post!

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