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Nick or Amy as the stronger writer?

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Nick or Amy as the stronger writer?

Post Number:#1 by Scott
» 26 Dec 2015, 19:43

The following is a discussion question from the publisher.

Does the author intend for us to think of Nick or Amy as the stronger writer? Do you perceive one or the other as a stronger writer, based on their narration/journal entries? Why?

I'm not sure, but I think Amy was the stronger writer and that the author wanted it that way. I think her writing ability also corresponds to her insidious cleverness. What do you think?
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Re: Nick or Amy as the stronger writer?

Post Number:#2 by gali
» 27 Dec 2015, 00:19

I tend to agree. I was completely fooled by her, and I didn't like either of them at the end.
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Re: Nick or Amy as the stronger writer?

Post Number:#3 by bookowlie
» 27 Dec 2015, 12:33

I was also fooled by her and had one of those jaw-dropping moments during the reveal. I agree that the author intended for Amy's sections to be stronger. For me, Nick was the more sympathetic character. Amy was just evil, crazy, manipulative, and it's didn't just start with the marriage.
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Re: Nick or Amy as the stronger writer?

Post Number:#4 by gaporter
» 23 Jul 2016, 22:25

Any was definitely the stronger writer. Nick wrote about pop culture for a magazine while Amy wrote an entire, believable life. Nick was superficial and didn't even seem to understand the subject matter enough to see through the stereotype his wife was showing him. Amy on the other hand wrote fiction so real that all of America believed it was true. How many writers can say that?

As for reading the two character perspectives, I think they were equal. Nicks narrative was seemed to be the star of the star of the show, but Amy's chapters were jaw dropping.
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Re: Nick or Amy as the stronger writer?

Post Number:#5 by jemgirl202
» 06 Jun 2017, 23:44

I agree that Amy was the stronger writer. She was on a whole different playing field. She was conniving. She didn't only fool Nick but the reader as well.
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Re: Nick or Amy as the stronger writer?

Post Number:#6 by Naval Aulakh
» 09 Jul 2017, 06:57

I too think that Amy was a stronger writer. Amy was indeed very clever and was able to be fool me.
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Re: Nick or Amy as the stronger writer?

Post Number:#7 by Mallory Whitaker
» 23 Jul 2017, 18:43

I agree, I think Amy is the stronger writer. I can't imagine the author intended for us to think otherwise since we're given so many examples of her writing abilities. She really knew how to create a believable character. It sounds like this was an ability she frequently adopted off the page as well.
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