Book blurbs rarely make me want to read a book. Often, it’s because of a quote from it.

Sometimes, a quote gives you a better idea of what a novel is about than any blurb that anyone could make about it.

I saw this Gone Girl quote on Goodreads. It’s good. It’s true. It’s real. It might seem so hateful towards the male population, but of course, don’t take offense if you’re not that kind of man. There are still good men after all.

And like the quote said, the girls who pretend to be someone just so guys will like them are even worse than the guys themselves.

And don’t fret! This book isn’t entirely against the male population. That quote was just written by one character there and doesn’t include other stuff from the novel that talks about how some males are actually treated unfairly. (e.g. Just because the wife is missing, the husband was already the suspect, just because a girl claims to be raped and the guy’s semen is inside her, and she seems to have scars on her wrist, the guy is already the rapist even when there is actually consent, and how the heck can a guy prove that? His word against the female population who likes fighting for girl victims even if in fact, some girls are just pretending.)

On Facebook, a contact shared this, which is from Gone Girl too.

I just knew then that this would be the kind of book that I would love to read. It is well-written. It is thought-provoking.

So read it.

The Structure

The first chapter of the book is written in Nick’s point of view. He’s the husband in the story. Then a chapter would follow which contains the past diary of Amy, the wife. These diary entries start at the time that Nick and Amy met for the first time. That’s basically the structure of the book. It’s a he-said-she-said structure. When the diary part was over, Amy still had her own chapters, which was written in her POV and talks about what’s happening right at that moment.

What is it about?

Gone Girl is the fiction story of a married couple, and on their 5th anniversary, Nick goes home and finds that his wife is missing. The iron is still on, the kettle still boiling. There was a sign of struggle in the living room. The question is, who did it?

Not Just An Ordinary Mystery Novel

Now you see why blurbs just don’t work. If you’re not into mystery, chances are, that blurb won’t interest you. (“A fictional character’s wife is missing! Who cares?! They’ll find her in the end anyway. Either dead or alive. Not that I care.”) But Gone Girl is not just a mystery novel. It talks about relationships. It talks about why many marriages fail. It talks about the society.  It talks about genders. It talks about love. It talks about being human.

The book has some good novel recommendations. One character even reads The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, a book I’ve been wanting to read for a long time, but just often forget to do so.

Gone Girl’s Final And Main Message

Without giving away spoiler, in the end the main message of this really engrossing novel is: don’t stop impressing your partner just because you already got him/her. Don’t be lazy in the relationship.

Nick and Amy started to be unhappy in their relationship when both of them were already relaxing about the it, not giving it importance, dismissing it as just a boring mundane thing.

Despite the dark theme of the book, it still all boils down to this relationship tip: don’t stop loving your partner, and I mean “love” as a verb. Don’t stop doing stuff that will delight your partner and make him/her feel loved.

Do your best to continue being the person that your spouse married. And by that, I mean, you having your positive qualities that attracted your spouse in the first place. The negative ones will show as the relationship continues. Some of them are just okay and can actually be just dismissed as quirks and just petty stuff. But some will surely need improvement. Don’t get angry if a partner points out something bad in your personality, especially if it’s actually bad and can be improved (don’t box yourself in certain bad qualities!).

If you can pretend to be a good person just to attract your partner when you met him/her, why can’t you “pretend”, or rather, “try” (pretend just implies something bad) to be a better person for your partner and for yourself?

There’s nothing wrong in doing stuff to impress your spouse as long as it actually brings out your best self, while still being genuine, because you believe it will be the best for both of you.

David Fincher Wants To Direct The Movie

David Fincher expressed his interest to direct the movie of Gone Girl. Some of the movies he directed in the past are The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and Fight Club, both of which are brilliant movies!

Now the big question is who should play as Nick and Amy?

While reading the book, I couldn’t help but imagine Nick as David Giuntoli. Simple reason–his name on the tv show Grimm is “Nick” and hey, the man is handsome!

David Giuntoli as Nick

Just look at that face. Cleft chin: check.

In the book, Nick wrote “I have a face you want to punch: I’m a  working-class Irish kid trapped in the body of a total trust-fund douchebag.”

I can’t think of anyone who can play as Amy if David is Nick. But if he isn’t, and if Amy will be casted first, Helena Bonham Carter will be an excellent choice.

Helena is an excellent actress. She can certainly pull of this beautiful woman but who is also a vindictive little bitch. And don’t worry about her age! Amy in the book was around 40 and her husband was a bit younger than she was.

Helena is 47 but she certainly looks like just in her 30s.

I can’t imagine her as blonde but a quick google taught me she can actually pull it off:

Helena as Amy (not with David. But with someone else as Nick)
Helena as Amy (not with David. But with someone else as Nick)

I just can’t think of a guy that can play as Nick if Helena is Amy. (Please, no. Not Johnny Depp.)