*This post is spoiler-free, just in case you haven't seen the movie or read the book.*
Okay, I know. I'm several years late on this, but I just finished Gone Girl a few weeks ago and it was phenomenal. I was thinking about what I would say in this post, but I'm at a loss for words. This is the only Gillian Flynn novel I have ever read, and I'm not sure I can read any of her other books because this is a masterpiece. Flynn's language is rich, but still easy to read. I love her voice. The best way I can describe this is through quote examples from the book because anything I say in my own words just won't do justice.
Probably one of the most talked about passages in the book, or as Slate Magazine calls it, the book's "cultural legacy," is what's referred to as "The Cool Girl" speech. It's several pages long, so I won't paste all of it here, but I can't resist including some of it:
So good. So true. So eloquent. Haven't we all been there? Haven't we all wanted and/or tried to like things that our guys like because it'll make them like us more? I love what Flynn is saying here. Have a mind of your own. Be your own person. Don't try to be something you aren't just to please someone else. I've been there, and the moment I finally realized, "I don't have to put up with this bullshit," was a liberating one.