Hannibal Free Public Library

Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn

May 20, 2013

  1. Flynn reveals everyone’s character flaws piece by piece. How were you drawn in, not knowing all the facts right away? Were you anxious to learn more or irritated?
  2. Amy is essentially a child celebrity. In today’s fame-fueled society, do you think children are protected from or exploited for fame? Would Amy be the same person today if she wasn’t featured in her parent’s books?
  3. How does marriage define a spouse’s character? If you are married (or have been married), how have you been bettered by your spouse? What bad habits or character traits have you inherited?
  4. Can you ever truly know the other person? Have you ever been blindsided by someone? What blinds us to seeing a betrayal coming?
  5. Do you need a protagonist to root for? Most the characters are unlikeable. Did this diminish your enjoyment of the book or were you still fascinated?
  6. Was there a moment when you stopped feeling sorry for Amy? When did you start feeling sorry for Nick?
  7. Who would you cast in the movie roles of Nick and Amy?
  8. Treasure hunts are typically considered romantic, yet Amy manages to make it predatory and calculating. How does Amy’s preplanning make her crimes even more disturbing?
  9. Flynn has said about the ending, I wrote the ending that was the most unsettling to me. I am a big fan of the ending of unease. To me it feels real and it feels unnerving. Because you may not know exactly what is going to happen next in Gone Girl World, but you know it’s not good.  What kind of endings do you like

Adapted from:   http://www.nicoleamsler.com/gone-girl-discussion-questions/