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Gone Girl ~ Amy's Diary (Spoilers)

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

Gone Girl ~ Amy's Diary (Spoilers)

Post Number:#1 by Scott
» 26 Dec 2015, 19:49

The following is a question from the publisher.

Discuss Amy’s false diary, both as a narrative strategy by the author and as a device used by the character. How does the author use it to best effect? How does Amy use it?

The reveal about the diary caught me off guard. I love it as a narrative strategy. I think it really helps demonstrate Amy's twisted but so intelligent methods. What do you think?
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Re: Gone Girl ~ Amy's Diary (Spoilers)

Post Number:#2 by gali
» 27 Dec 2015, 10:02

The reveal about the diary also caught me off guard. I believed the diary at first because who would write a false diary, right?? It was a great device, and it added tension and conflict to the rest of the story.
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Re: Gone Girl ~ Amy's Diary (Spoilers)

Post Number:#3 by bookowlie
» 27 Dec 2015, 12:38

I was completely blown away by the reveal. I recommended this book to so many people for the reveal alone (not to mention the whole book was good!). However, I saw the movie two years after reading the book and thought the reveal in the movie wasn't done well - it didn't carry the same weight.

-- 27 Dec 2015, 13:41 --

The use of Amy's diary as a narrative strategy was great. It was a neat way of getting the reader to take Amy's version of Nick and the marriage at face value. As a plot device including the reveal, it was top-notch!
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Re: Gone Girl ~ Amy's Diary (Spoilers)

Post Number:#4 by L-herron
» 29 Dec 2015, 16:00

I think the diary really brought the whole thing together, it showed perfectly how guilty he was, then at the same time how insane and thorough she was. It showed how long she had been planning on ruining his life. It amazes me that authors can think up details like that to bring the whole story to the next level.
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Re: Gone Girl ~ Amy's Diary (Spoilers)

Post Number:#5 by Paliden
» 23 Jan 2016, 18:34

L-herron wrote:I think the diary really brought the whole thing together, it showed perfectly how guilty he was, then at the same time how insane and thorough she was. It showed how long she had been planning on ruining his life. It amazes me that authors can think up details like that to bring the whole story to the next level.


I agree completely. The level of thought that went into it, the time involved, all of it was just crazy.
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Re: Gone Girl ~ Amy's Diary (Spoilers)

Post Number:#6 by gaporter
» 24 Jul 2016, 12:29

The diary reveal was jaw dropping. The twist makes the book so great and unpredictable. It shows how persistent, committed, and patient Amy is (not to mention completely insane!).
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Re: Gone Girl ~ Amy's Diary (Spoilers)

Post Number:#7 by Teddie
» 30 Oct 2016, 19:48

The diary was the real meat of the story. The writer did a wonderful job of bringing the whole story together. The movie did not do a great job at all. I loved the book.
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Re: Gone Girl ~ Amy's Diary (Spoilers)

Post Number:#8 by Lteezee
» 09 Nov 2016, 21:12

I think the diary was the heart of the story. It added to the depth of her character and the lengths she would go through to prove his guilt. I loved the book so much that I refused to see the movie because I didn't want to see it ruined. The author did a wonderful job of drawing readers in to the story.
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Re: Gone Girl ~ Amy's Diary (Spoilers)

Post Number:#9 by The Researcher
» 04 Feb 2017, 11:49

Yes the diary was a very novel idea.Initially i also believed the diary and all my sympathy went to Amy.However when her character was revealed it was a jolt to the readers that she merely used it to misguide everyone.
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Re: Gone Girl ~ Amy's Diary (Spoilers)

Post Number:#10 by AliceofX
» 13 Mar 2017, 01:36

It's been some time since I read the book, but if I remember correctly it was around the Christmas time that something started to feel off to me. In the diary Amy talks about a huge fight they had, but then when we get to Nick's perspective he doesn't really say anything about the day at all. That was the first time that I started to feel there was something fishy about the whole thing. I think by the time you get to it there are plenty of clues dropped that somebody isn't truthful.
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