Gone Girl, hate everyone

(76 Posts)
sooperdooper Tue 24-Dec-13 22:47:23

So I've just started Gone Girl, thought it'd be a fun nice easy read and I've heard it raved about but tbh I'm a few chapters in and I hate all the characters and find it pretty irritating, is it worth carrying on with??

DoItTooBabyJesus Tue 24-Dec-13 22:51:01

It's very irritating and badly written. But I persevered and thought it was ok in the end.

It definitely gets better, but you need to get past the first bit!

Audilover Tue 24-Dec-13 22:52:08

I persevered and then wondered why I had and I hated the ending.

CalamitouslyWrong Tue 24-Dec-13 22:52:47

The end is dreadful.

JingleBrains Tue 24-Dec-13 22:54:10

I think it's worth persevering. Disagree the end is dreadful, it's just a bit....ummmm..... not very satisfying I suppose!

sooperdooper Tue 24-Dec-13 22:54:17

Grr, I don 't know if I have time to persevere when there's so many other books I want to read!

Why didn't anyone tell me before I downloaded it!

Give up while you still can OP. It's absolutely bloody awful and gets worse as it progresses.

The last third is laughable.

Yama Tue 24-Dec-13 22:55:36

I thought it was truly awful. I didn't persevere past the first third or so and I'm glad I didn't.

Read something good instead.

lougle Tue 24-Dec-13 22:55:38

Yes, I found that I didn't have any pull towards any of the characters - quite fascinating to be able to create characters like that.

paneer Tue 24-Dec-13 22:56:41

of is crap. felt cheated because I could have read something else. most overrated book ever.

CalamitouslyWrong Tue 24-Dec-13 22:57:45

It's not just that the end is unsatisfying but also that it's so improbable. Unfortunately I can't explain further without spoilers, but I just came away thinking 'there is no way anyone would live like that'.

I thought it was astonishingly badly written. Gave up v early on.

bisjo Tue 24-Dec-13 22:59:31

I thought it was one of the most irritating books I had ever read and couldn't see what all the hype was about.

If you want a very well written book with a good story then I highly recommend The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, which is one of the loveliest books I have read.

sooperdooper Tue 24-Dec-13 23:11:59

I'm just annoyed now that I've wasted money downloading a book that's crap when I've just read a couple of brilliant ones and there's tonnes I know I want to read, grumpy

sooperdooper Tue 24-Dec-13 23:15:10

I've heard of the Snow Child, maybe I'll try that instead, thank you

I just absolutely loved the vanishing of esme Lennox and instructions for a Heateave both by Maggie O'Farrell - I wish I'd gone for another of hers

FerrisBueller1972 Tue 24-Dec-13 23:17:49

I found it so hard to get into. I did eventually get interested about half way through and then the ending pissed me off. Best seller? My arsehole.

bisjo Tue 24-Dec-13 23:21:34

The hand that first held mine is a good read too although sad.

Funniest book I've read this year is Love, Nina.

DuchessofMalfi Wed 25-Dec-13 08:36:39

Gone Girl falls definitely into two groups - those who loved it and those who really loathed it. No-one has said it was an ok read grin I really liked it, thought it quirky. Loved the bitter twisted relationship at the heart of it. Yes it was totally improbable, and no-one would want to live like that, but it's a novel!

You do have to get through the first part, and then it really takes off. And I liked the ending - it was not the one I was expecting, and that's what I thought made it a good read.

It isn't great literature, but I thought it a rattling good read. Definitely a marmite book. I would stick with it sooper, you may yet enjoy it.

And The Snow Child - lovely novel - you won't regret reading that one, although I did think the ending a little unsatisfactory - open for alternative interpretation.

CoteDAzur Wed 25-Dec-13 10:56:50

The first chapters are irritating but it might help you to know that they are written that way for a reason. Can't say more without spoilers.

CoteDAzur Wed 25-Dec-13 10:58:47

It's not my favourite book by far but I didn't think the ending was improbable at all. It was an interesting ending.

OvO Wed 25-Dec-13 11:03:47

I really liked it. Hated all the characters too. fgrin Which was interesting. I haven't read a book before where I disliked everyone but still enjoyed the story.

valiumredhead Wed 25-Dec-13 21:53:01

The ending was its only redeeming feature tbh.

Can't understand why it was such a hit when her other book, Dark Places (?) was so much better.

AnyFuckerForAMincePie Wed 25-Dec-13 21:55:59

Hated it. Cliched shock-value rubbish, IMO.

Scarletohello Wed 25-Dec-13 21:59:06

Well I enjoyed it. Has some interesting twists and turns. Actually bought 2 copies for Xmas presents!

AnyFuckerForAMincePie Wed 25-Dec-13 21:59:59

This is why I never buy fiction books as gifts fsmile

I liked it but hated the characters. The ending was a bit meh but not sure what would have been a satisfying one.

Definitely download The Hand That First Held Mine. I reread it the other day and had a good cry in the bath.

howmuchworse Wed 25-Dec-13 22:02:24

I read a lot and rarely abandon a book, but I got to the end of this and wished I'd given it up!

MisguidedHamwidge Wed 25-Dec-13 22:02:27

I really enjoyed this. It's not the sort of book I normally go for but I found it fast-paced - more like watching a film than reading a book.

We were on holiday when I read it though & I find most books brilliant on holiday as there is actually time to read most of the book in one go without constant interruptions.

Sunnysummer Thu 26-Dec-13 05:40:12

Sp glad I've found other haters! I read halfway, hated everyone, skipped to end, thought it was stupid, deleted from Kindle and read Terry Pratchett's new one other literary fiction instead.

difficultpickle Thu 26-Dec-13 10:30:24

I liked the ending of the Snow Child precisely because it gave you a choice. I've just finished reading the Apple Tree Yard (Jan's MN bookclub book) and the ending of that is frankly irritating.

Love, Nina is this week's Book of the Week on Radio 4.

Another book I liked which I thought was funny and quite quirky is The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared. That is this week's Book at Bedtime on Radio 4.

SkiSchoolRun Thu 26-Dec-13 10:33:47

Awful book

CaptainTripps Thu 26-Dec-13 23:00:09

Well I liked it!

Jackthebodiless Thu 26-Dec-13 23:17:12

It's rubbish op. Step away from it. Life's too short.

JingleJohnsJulie Fri 27-Dec-13 17:22:29

Total rubbish. Just read something else instead.

Caitlin17 Sun 29-Dec-13 01:15:12

I hated it. The characters were awful and the plot line seemed bleedin obvious . I didn't finish it.

MrsIgglePiggle Sun 29-Dec-13 21:44:38

Gone Girl is my favourite book of all time ! I think Gillian Flynn is a genius, but I'm obviously as disturbed as one of her characters perhaps ?

sooperdooper Fri 03-Jan-14 21:54:54

Well I started so I finished, and I wished I've never bothered grin

There's bits that aren't tied up properly at the end, spoilers alert for anyone who hasn't read it

I thought there was going to be some big revelation about his dad, nobody asks her about the gun which she didn't buy, surely she'd have had to have his permission to go to the clinic, she didn't want kids anyway?? Oh there's more but it's just all a bit pointless and smug and there's grammatical errors too that irritated me

I was expecting a much more of a dramatic ending, I'd thought up loads of alternative endings and was disappointed, well some of you did tell me!

SongYee Fri 03-Jan-14 22:22:31

Truly dire. Was so disappointed in this after all the hype. Badly written and with the silliest plotline of the year, if not the decade.

LondonNinja Fri 03-Jan-14 22:27:38

If you haven't read After You'd Gone by Maggie O'F, you are in for a treat. Beautiful.

Trills Fri 03-Jan-14 22:39:08

I was inspired by this thread to re-read, and I rather enjoyed it.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 03-Jan-14 22:41:41

It's an ok read grin. You're meant to hate all the characters! It's a page turner and valid as such, and I like GF when she does America gone to seed stuff... But her gender politics are a bit dodgy.

Crowler Mon 06-Jan-14 09:41:33

I loved Gone Girl.

normalishdude Mon 06-Jan-14 19:22:29

I thought it was good. Her book ' Sharp Objects' is better IMO. I like her style.

Crowler Mon 06-Jan-14 19:42:28

I didn't like Sharp Objects... the one where she is notorious right?

I can see how she might veer into tediously sardonic.

Southeastdweller Wed 08-Jan-14 06:34:21

Too many stupid implausibilities in this book undermined it. But I hated Amy, and I mean with a passion, which I think is an achievement. Sounds odd but I felt violent towards her! I wouldn't have minded pushing her down the stairs in RL. Even now just thinking about her I get annoyed!

MikeLitoris Wed 08-Jan-14 06:48:45

The film is being made now. Ben affleck as Nick Dunn.

I think it will be a better film than book. Although I didmt dislike the book. It felt like she had written it with a film in mind though imo.

I much preferred dark places and sharp objects.

I loved it. I didn't warm to any characters but I think I liked his sister? Was a while ago that I read it.

I heard they were making Gone Girl the movie?

Trills Wed 08-Jan-14 08:17:27
Crowler Wed 08-Jan-14 08:46:26

I'm pretty sure Nick is going to be Ben Affleck.

Trills Wed 08-Jan-14 08:47:35

Oh yes, he is they've already started filming, and Rosamund Pike as Amy, I'm just saying who he was in my head.

mumtosome61 Wed 08-Jan-14 08:47:36

I have up two chapters in. I couldn't get into it at all.

Crowler Wed 08-Jan-14 08:58:13

I loved the Amazing Amy sub-plot with the parents, I found that very amusing.

mirandabee Wed 08-Jan-14 18:58:58

I'm another one that didn't like it. I remember hearing that someone had claimed that the chapters with Nick were actually written by a guy and not GF. Can't remember who said that...

missorinoco Wed 08-Jan-14 19:07:04

It gets better, has a reasonable twist, but crashes and burns at the end. A very annoying finish.

Ditch it now and save yourself the pain.

TheDoctrineOf2014 Wed 08-Jan-14 19:12:55

Rosamund Pike is pretty close to my mental Amy picture!

BranchingOut Thu 09-Jan-14 12:55:21

I thought that Amy was supposed to be a bit plainer, but I guess that is Hollywood for you!

Southeastdweller Thu 09-Jan-14 16:34:31

Yes, I too thought Amy would be a bit plainer than R.P...I got the feeling Amy thought she was God's Gift to men.

SiouxieSioux Fri 10-Jan-14 21:22:10

Also disliked the characters. Moral of the story don't believe the hype

KurriKurri Sat 11-Jan-14 20:33:55

Haven't read all the responses (in case there were spoilers) but I've just started it and am finding it very irritating so far and badly written, characters vile. Have heard it raved about so much I wasted 99p on a Kindle Daily Deal. Not sure if I can bear to continue with it (in which case I shall read others opinions because I won't care about the spoilers! grin )

MrsDavidBowie Sat 11-Jan-14 20:37:19

I have read it but forgotten already how it ended.Couldn't tell you the names of the characters either.

CoteDAzur Sun 12-Jan-14 08:20:00

Kurri - There is a reason why the first part is written like that. (Can't say what - spoiler) It changes later on.

KurriKurri Sun 12-Jan-14 09:55:17

Is it worth pressing on then Cote? I will give it more of a chance if so - thanks smile

DuchessofMalfi Sun 12-Jan-14 10:14:42

Definitely a marmite book, but I'd agree with Cote here - worth reading on. I liked it - very twisted and bitter story. Good ending, I thought - perhaps not the one you'd expect. Keep going.

CoteDAzur Sun 12-Jan-14 10:26:19

I thought it was pretty OK, which is saying something because I don't get along with books written by women in general. It gets quite dark and twisted, as others said, and I thought the ending was fitting, too.

Yes, push through. When you get to the "real" bits, you can then decide if you want to give up on it or not.

riverboat Sun 12-Jan-14 17:28:02

I intensly disliked nearly all of the characters, and thought the ending really stretched belief even by the book's own internal logic of twistedness! But I still enjoyed it overall, I love a good plot twist and this one was pretty decent. That said, if I'd known there was GOING to be a plot twist I'd probably have seen it coming, but as I went into it blind I was pleasantly surprised. I don't read a lot of thriller / suspense type books, so it made a nice change.

CoteDAzur Sun 12-Jan-14 19:41:18

Personally, I don't have to like the characters in a book. They are actors in a story, not real people I will invite into my home and be friends with.

Imho, the ending did not "stretch belief" at all. What she did was totally consistent with her character and what he did was also totally consistent with his character. It was not a classic/cliché ending (struggling not to give spoilers here) which I think is why many people didn't like it.

RosaParksIsBack Sun 12-Jan-14 19:49:24

I really enjoyed it so bought dark places and strap objects too, I think they were called. Loved both of them, quite dark which I like

RosaParksIsBack Sun 12-Jan-14 19:49:55

Strap?! Sharp

riverboat Sun 12-Jan-14 20:37:10

Hee, I am now thinking about dark places and strap objects wink

CoteDAzur Sun 12-Jan-14 20:39:27

Me, too. Dirty Great minds think alike wink

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 23-Jan-14 15:04:00

I thought it was ok. Not a great work of literature by any means but not dithering shit either.

It passed the time.

Didn't like any of the characters either. Which is refreshing in a novel.

bunnybing Thu 23-Jan-14 16:28:07

I enjoyed it - warmed to Nick despite his faults. It's worth persevering - honest.

Someone mentioned the Snow Child up thread - now that may be a well-written book, but it is very dull imo.

I can safely say I fell into the "Hate it" group, same with Apple Tree Yard. It was awful but I still say the most hideously overrated books of all time are the "50 Shades" series - Awful, awful books

Naicecuppatea Mon 03-Feb-14 16:12:56

I didn't like it at all, although I did finish it. Badly written and unlikeable, unidentifiable characters.

Scarletohello Mon 03-Feb-14 16:13:55

I enjoyed it. Thought it was intruiging and original. Was curious to see how it ended

Bit of a minority view on MN tho...

littlebluedog12 Mon 03-Feb-14 22:21:29

Just finished it- I found it very gripping, couldn't put it down towards the end. And I quite liked the 'new' Amy. I still chuckle watching tv ads thinking of her 'clean and bleed' comments...

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