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Gone Girl - Constructed images?

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

Gone Girl - Constructed images?

Post Number:#1 by Scott
» 26 Dec 2015, 19:47

The following is a question from the publisher.

Nick, ever conscious of the way he is being perceived, reflects on the images that people choose to portray in the world—constructed, sometimes plagiarized roles that we present as our personalities. Discuss the ways in which the characters—and their opinions of each other—are influenced by our culture’s avid consumption of TV shows, movies, and websites, and our need to fit each other into these roles.

Interesting topic. I'm not sure on this one. What really interested me is how the clever characters navigated the stereotypes and used other people's habit of stereotyping as pawns in their own strategic plans.
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Re: Gone Girl - Constructed images?

Post Number:#2 by gaporter
» 23 Jul 2016, 21:41

Nick in the very beginning states how he hates this about our modern culture, yet fell in love with the stereotype his wife presented him. I think that if he hated these fake roles as much as he claims, he would've had a very different relationship with her from the beginning. But yet by the end they both see each other clearly perhaps for the first time, and it perversely seems to bring then even closer despite the circumstances.
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Re: Gone Girl - Constructed images?

Post Number:#3 by Mallory Whitaker
» 23 Jul 2017, 20:10

The constructed image that sticks out to me the most is the character Amazing Amy. Hilary says something along the lines of, "I figured out she wasn't perfect and she couldn't handle that." As much as Amy mocks the Amazing Amy books it's not hard to see how they influenced her. Amazing Amy always did what Amy didn't - she kept playing her instruments and joined the symphony, she didn't give up on her tennis lessons, etc. She had a lifetime of not living up to her parents' expectations of Amazing Amy but she could fool other people into thinking she was. When she couldn't, or the person didn't treat her like Amazing Amy should be treated, she destroyed their credibility and taught them a lesson. And I'm sure that when she met other people they expected her to be like the character.

The only other example I can think of is "the cool girl" seen in movies but doesn't really exist, despite many people putting on the mask for a time.
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