Forum Navigation: Forum Index » Book of the Month » Book of the month » "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn

Want FREE books and FREE Amazon gift cards?

Each day we announce via email a book that is either FREE or on a temporary sale at a great discount price. These are not your average free books. These are incredible insider deals on well-rated books. OnlineBookClub.org is where tomorrow's bestsellers are born. We also give away over $1,000 per month of free Amazon gift cards in free daily giveaways, exclusively to those signed up to these announcements! Hurry, sign up free now:

Sorry, this proves you are human.

Gone Girl Characters-Spoilers

Discuss the October 2014 book of the month, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

Re: Gone Girl Characters-Spoilers

Post Number:#31 by bookowlie
» 05 Nov 2014, 09:47

Leila23, I do agree that Amy was brilliant in her meticulous planning. It's interesting that so many people disliked both characters so much that they didn't even care how they ended up by the end of the book. I did feel that Amy was so off the charts that I felt a little empathy toward Nick.
As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing
bookowlie's Latest Review: "The Caregiver" by Maria Theresa Casale
User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
 
Posts: 5653
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 217 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 21%

Did you know?
 
Once you join the forums and log in you will get to enjoy a very ad-reduced experience. It's easy and completely free!

Re: Gone Girl Characters-Spoilers

Post Number:#32 by Hadiqa
» 11 Nov 2014, 08:28

Is this a Romance book? I did read the plot on Goodreads and I am kinda confused if I should read it or not and what it is actually about :-(
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
—Ernest Hemingway

Reading Now:
Nothing -_- Because of School
User avatar
Hadiqa
 
Posts: 227
Joined: 02 Nov 2014, 03:53
Favorite Author: Infinite
Favorite Book: Hundreds
Currently Reading: How The Wolf Lost Her Heart by Sarah
Bookshelf Size: 0 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Gone Girl Characters-Spoilers

Post Number:#33 by gali
» 11 Nov 2014, 08:54

Hadiqa wrote:Is this a Romance book? I did read the plot on Goodreads and I am kinda confused if I should read it or not and what it is actually about :-(


No, it isn't a romance. You can read about it here:

Gone Girl
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you." (Mortimer J. Adler)
gali's Latest Review: "Enough Rope" by P.L. Doss
User avatar
gali
Site Admin
 
Posts: 22411
Joined: 22 Oct 2013, 07:12
Location: Lost in a good book
Favorite Author: Agatha Christie
Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice
Currently Reading: Caraval
Bookshelf Size: 1591 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle (E-Ink)
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 20%

Re: Gone Girl Characters-Spoilers

Post Number:#34 by Hadiqa
» 11 Nov 2014, 10:52

gali wrote:
Hadiqa wrote:Is this a Romance book? I did read the plot on Goodreads and I am kinda confused if I should read it or not and what it is actually about :-(


No, it isn't a romance. You can read about it here:

Gone Girl


Thanks for the link! :)
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
—Ernest Hemingway

Reading Now:
Nothing -_- Because of School
User avatar
Hadiqa
 
Posts: 227
Joined: 02 Nov 2014, 03:53
Favorite Author: Infinite
Favorite Book: Hundreds
Currently Reading: How The Wolf Lost Her Heart by Sarah
Bookshelf Size: 0 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Gone Girl Characters-Spoilers

Post Number:#35 by Tincup13
» 21 Nov 2014, 21:05

I found this book a great series of unexpected twists and turns. I didn't have to relate to either Nick or Amy to enjoy the story. In the end Nick decides to stay but I like to think he still has revenge on his mind and in time he will get even with Amy.
User avatar
Tincup13
 
Posts: 5
Joined: 21 Nov 2014, 20:46
Bookshelf Size: 0 books
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books

Re: Gone Girl Characters-Spoilers

Post Number:#36 by TLGabelman
» 13 Dec 2014, 11:27

Nick disappointed me as a character completely. His infidelity was predictable and his attempt to cover it laughable. I think as a fictional character he got what he deserved. Amy was such a twisted character, I secretly loved her. Having grown up having to live up to her parents fictional version of her turned her into real life producer with her life as the arena. Amy spoon fed Nick the 'version' of her that she wanted him to fall in love with. Her little anniversary poems were a cute touch, and showed an even deeper level of commitment to the character she had created. While it didnt end how i would have preferred, I think thats part of Flynns charm. The unexpected.
“When I was your age, television was called books.”
― William Goldman, The Princess Bride
TLGabelman's Latest Review: "Kendra" by Grant Kniefel
User avatar
TLGabelman
 
Posts: 643
Joined: 11 Dec 2014, 14:27
Bookshelf Size: 210 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Gone Girl Characters-Spoilers

Post Number:#37 by 3chicnP
» 23 Dec 2014, 22:34

I like how you say "may contain spoilers." It's pretty obvious that it WILL have spoilers. I don't know what's wrong with me but I didn't like any of the characters..
I am a free spirit
like mafia
User avatar
3chicnP
 
Posts: 202
Joined: 22 Dec 2014, 15:06
Bookshelf Size: 2 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Gone Girl Characters-Spoilers

Post Number:#38 by gali
» 24 Dec 2014, 00:14

3chicnP wrote:I like how you say "may contain spoilers." It's pretty obvious that it WILL have spoilers. I don't know what's wrong with me but I didn't like any of the characters..


You aren't the only one who didn't like them... :wink:
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you." (Mortimer J. Adler)
gali's Latest Review: "Enough Rope" by P.L. Doss
User avatar
gali
Site Admin
 
Posts: 22411
Joined: 22 Oct 2013, 07:12
Location: Lost in a good book
Favorite Author: Agatha Christie
Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice
Currently Reading: Caraval
Bookshelf Size: 1591 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle (E-Ink)
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 20%

Re: Gone Girl Characters-Spoilers

Post Number:#39 by Himmelslicht
» 24 Dec 2014, 06:53

I actually liked Go, she was awesome. I loved her personality.
"Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world."
- Gustave Flaubert
User avatar
Himmelslicht
 
Posts: 910
Joined: 06 Dec 2014, 06:31
Location: Angola, Africa
Favorite Author: Gabriel. G. Marquez
Favorite Book: One Hundred Years of Solitude
Currently Reading: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Bookshelf Size: 339 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Gone Girl Characters-Spoilers

Post Number:#40 by BreeHoward
» 30 Dec 2014, 17:15

The thing I've noticed about Gillian Flynn is what a strong writer she actually is. The woman manipulates your feelings, thoughts, and beliefs about her characters masterfully. Gone Girl continues the characterization style she started with Sharp Objects and Dark Places. I actually disliked the characters in those books, but was compelled to keep reading because of how powerful the plot line and theme were. You finish reading and are hungry for more. Her books are raw and brutally honest, which is why I love her as a writer. She makes me uncomfortable, but only to show me a truth about the world. While it is hard to like a book if you don't feel a kinship with the characters, Flynn captivates me in a way few other authors do. I respect her ability to tell a straightforward story even if she risks me disliking her characters.
User avatar
BreeHoward
 
Posts: 5
Joined: 26 Nov 2014, 22:41
Bookshelf Size: 0 books
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books

Re: Gone Girl Characters-Spoilers

Post Number:#41 by aquamarine310
» 20 Jan 2015, 19:38

I absolutely loved this book in its entirety. The setup (fake Amy diary to helpless Nick to Real Amy and back to scornful Nick) couldn't have been better. It seemed every single character had their psychological issues, some more hidden than others, as is in the real world.

Amy - Her patience absolutely left me awestruck. Knowing her husband was cheating the entire time, and yet she didn't have an outburst. She played it out really, really well in order to gain pleasure for herself - framing her husband for murder while she sits and watches him get the blame and head for death row. Then her history: framing her ex for rape, framing her best friend for being obsessive with her, all because they knew her flaws and didn't think her Amazing.

Nick - having his despised dad's thoughts running around in his own head, subconsciously hating women. Getting back with Amy after all is said and done, not because he loves or forgives her but because he knows they're made for each other.

Andie- the insecure little girl. Using her body for attention, needing Nick all the time. Wanting to hear stories about her lover's wife, as if she's some kind of celebrity idol to her. Knowing deep down she'll never be Amy, or Nick's wife, but still lingers around.

Desi - obsessed and crazed over Amy. Already had the room and greenhouse ready for her for who knows how long. Wanting to mold her into the girl HE wanted, as if she were a plastic doll. Always needing reassurance that she needed him (for that while), needing to hear Amy say thank you over and over again. It's almost safe to assume if she would've stayed there with him, she WOULD have ended up dead in the river.

And finally, Amy's parents - the two psychologists who overlooked they're own psychotic daughter. Were they in denial or were they just too self-centred with each other and their fictional daughter on paper that made them rich. Not tending to their only child's needs and failing as parents.

Flynn did a remarkable job with this novel and creating a world full of mentally deranged people. I give it 4/4 stars.
User avatar
aquamarine310
 
Posts: 7
Joined: 31 Jan 2010, 18:10
Bookshelf Size: 8 books
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Gone Girl Characters-Spoilers

Post Number:#42 by H0LD0Nthere
» 27 Jan 2015, 22:58

This is a really interesting discussion. Thank you for opening this topic.

As I just posted on "Overall Rating of Gone Girl," I think the book basically takes a very dim view of human nature. Which makes it misanthropic - very very realistic, but ultimately, depressing, because no one in it manages to rise above human nature. Sort of like Mark Twain's writing, but less funny.

Like most people on this thread, I didn't particularly like either Nick or Amy. But I could relate to both of them.

Nick is not crazy or evil, he's just a very weak person. Life with his horrible Dad gave him no positive example of masculinity to strengthen him, just an ingrained caution of putting a foot wrong. (Anyone know anybody like that?) Harsh Dads make weak sons, especially if the son's natural temperament is people-pleasing.

We know Nick has good intentions. I love him for the fact that he has a soft spot for women who are "hard on the eyes." :)

Can anyone else relate to the fact that Nick's childhood left him unable to project the more tender emotions on his face, even if he is feeling them inside? That feeling of "I know I look like a jerk, I really do care, but I just can't control my face"? I have experienced this problem, but I have never seen it described in a novel before.

In addition to weakness, Nick is cursed with good looks. So, he falls for his mistress (- yeah, I forget her name too. Brittany?). He didn't go out looking for her, but he's a sad, lonely people-pleaser, and when she comes on to him, he hasn't the strength to say No. (Know anyone like that?)

Now Amy. Yes, she's evil. But the things that set her off are things that bother many wives. It's just that Amy is smarter, more "disciplined," and has no conscience to check her lust to be worshiped. Most of us have these dark desires, but by common grace, we also have something in us that puts the brakes on.

For example, could anyone else relate to Amy's rant about "Cool Girls"?
Any other wives ever wanted to be understood really, really well? Better than we have a right to expect?
Or to be the center of attention?
Imagine that you were as good looking, smart, and talented as Amy. Wouldn't you love to have a whole bunch of people get together and say so? And call you a saint? Just sayin'.

I did like Margo. Yes, maybe she shoulda done this or that, but remember the situation she's put in. I doubt I would have done any better.

I loved detective Boney. She was smart and kind. But true to the realism of the story, she just didn't have enough authority, facts, or leverage to stop Amy's evil. Besides, by the time she figured it out, it was kind of a done deed.

Desi was just creepy.

I didn't even hate Amy's parents. They were kind. They were just very shortsighted about the fact that worshiping their daughter would create a narcissist. Or that it had. Guess their worship of her blinded them to that. I know they sort of "exploited" her with the books. Come to think of it, that also shows how whenever we worship someone as if they were God, we end up seriously wronging and perhaps destroying that person.

OK, this has been a major rant. Sorry about that. I read this book AFTER October (not available in the library before then), and then it took me a while to find this topic, but I have been itching to talk about these characters with y'all.
User avatar
H0LD0Nthere
 
Posts: 409
Joined: 18 Jan 2014, 23:04
Location: Busytown, USA
Favorite Book: Til We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
Currently Reading: The Scourge of God
Bookshelf Size: 46 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Gone Girl Characters-Spoilers

Post Number:#43 by Alexavier-Taiga
» 16 Feb 2015, 05:36

This is actually one of the few books that I started but never finished. I got a few chapters in and I was just bored out of my mind because I just hated all of the characters. All of them.
So many books to read, so little time..
User avatar
Alexavier-Taiga
 
Posts: 110
Joined: 17 Dec 2014, 22:06
Location: Australia
Favorite Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Favorite Book: Struck By Lightning by Chris Colfer
Currently Reading: reading five books and they wont fit
Bookshelf Size: 31 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Gone Girl Characters-Spoilers

Post Number:#44 by Jesska6029
» 07 Mar 2015, 16:15

I really, really had a hard time feel sorry for Nick. He is a cheater and a liar. For the majority of the book, I thought he was a murderer. He really does not have that many redeemable qualities. When it's revealed that he has been tricked by his wife, I openly cheered.

I really liked Amy. I know she is psychotic and completely unhinged, but I do feel for her because she a complete product of her upbringing and society. Her parents want her to be perfect, and she is completely right that society demands girls be "cool girls". She loves Nick, but when she begins to act like herself, he grows distant and cold. She does everything he wants, and he still cheats on her and does not appreciate her.

I wish the ending would have been that Nick's reputation is ruined, and he lives a miserable life, but sadly Amy couldn't abandon Nick.
“Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.” ~J.K. Rowling
User avatar
Jesska6029
 
Posts: 544
Joined: 28 Feb 2015, 09:21
Location: New England
Favorite Author: J.K. Rowling
Favorite Book: The Harry Potter series
Currently Reading: It and Mr. Mercedes
Bookshelf Size: 272 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Gone Girl Characters-Spoilers

Post Number:#45 by danielle21
» 21 Apr 2015, 12:06

I thought gone girl was brilliant. I couldnt put it down, I loved the characters and enjoyed the twist. Amy is truely a very clever woman the way it took years for her to plot to destroy her husband and done him harm by nick nearly going to jail, what an evil thing to do to nick!!! But nick isnt an angel himself did he really deserve all this crazy show down i dont think so. he is brave for staying with amy as she is a crazy woman. Would recommend this book it will always be on my book shelf as its enjoyable and a real page turner.
User avatar
danielle21
 
Posts: 1
Joined: 21 Apr 2015, 11:50
Bookshelf Size: 0 books
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books

PreviousNext

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

Navigation

Return Home » Book of the Month » Book of the month » "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn