I loved Gone Girl movie and I loved the book even better. Some people may say that the main character, Amy, is insidious bitch or vindictive liar, or both. She checks all imaginable boxes of male insecurities: better educated, makes more money and famous; she compromises, but her husband isn’t grateful, she discovers her husband’s cheating and hides her true feelings, she lies about the pregnancy and then cheats to become pregnant, she manipulates, calculates and gets away with whatever she sets her mind to.
The truth of the matter, she is still the best thing that happened to her husband, Nick. She brings the best out of him. To me, this book is all about power couple dynamic, two sets of ambitions, two value systems: privileged versus self-made, big city versus provincial, free-spirited versus traditional, provocative versus consecutive.
When young people get married, they often have romantic ideas of soul mates and two halves becoming one piece and happily ever after. Love does not conquer all, and families without conflicts are as boring as careers without challenges (not to mention rarely true). In fact, all interesting couples I know don’t stop fighting (obviously not in public, but that’s what gossips are for), they have personalities, reinvent themselves, grow and demand more space, have secrets, negotiate compromises, survive setbacks, search for alternatives… In a very ironic and somewhat conceptual way, Amy and Nick are not psychopaths, they are simply opposite of mediocre and ordinary, opposite of boredom and inertia. Almost role models of how marriage should be.