5 Things “Gone Girl” Left Me Thinking…

I love book-to-film adaptations. Something about them just gets me pumped. But I am a firm believer that thou shalt not see the movie until thou hast read the book. Period.

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn has had me intrigued for a while now, and when I saw the trailer for the movie I was hooked. First, Ben Affleck. Next, a mystery/ missing persons case. And then, people tell me that it was haunting… I just had to see for myself what this book (then movie) was all about.

Now here’s my disclaimer. I’m not recommending that you read “Gone Girl”. In fact, it’s a cautionary tale that I would suggest you avoid. I wouldn’t let my grandmother or my teenage daughter {if I had one} near it. At times it’s graphic, disturbing, and all around creepy. But if you’re looking for an amazingly well-written mystery with incredible twists, an “I-never-saw-it-coming” ending, and the ability to make you feel really strong emotions 100% of the time, go for it. {Kudos to you, Gillian Flynn, for making me loathe and love every person in this novel from start to finish. You’ve got a gift.}

But here are 5 lessons that I learned from the novel that I think everyone can appreciate and take a little something from:

1. Do what you love. Life might be hard sometimes. Okay, life is going to be hard at least every once in a while. But difficult times and situations can’t keep you from being your best you. No matter what life throws at you, you have to do things that make you smile, whether it’s spending time with family or pursuing a hobby you always wanted to try. Basically, surround yourself with good things.

2. Communicate. For goodness sake, we have to talk to one another. Especially when times are tough or we feel misunderstood. How can we ever feel understood unless we allow someone to hear our piece and try to understand it? Goodness… Open communication would make the world a better place.

3. Don’t overthink everything. Sometimes we can create our own problems by not letting our minds take a rest. Ever been there? Working yourself up to feel a certain way can be so destructive. I’m not saying not to think. Just don’t overanalyze your life to a point where you start second guessing yourself… or others.

4. Forgive. Always the answer. No question about it. Even when it’s hard. Colossians 3:13.

5. Don’t rely on any humans for your happiness. Does my husband make me happy? Yes. Does my family make me happy? Yes. Do my friends make me happy? Yes. BUT people aren’t perfect. And at some point it is likely that people will disappoint you. So if I am only seeking to gain happiness from people, I’ll never be truly full. Only God can fill us regardless of circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

If you live out your life with these things in mind, “Gone Girl” will merely remain a fictitious story on your bookshelf and you can be a “Here Girl” instead.

Okay, now I can go see the movie 🙂

2 thoughts on “5 Things “Gone Girl” Left Me Thinking…

  1. Lecrecia Wilson says:

    When I came to the end of Gone Girl I wanted to throw it up against the wall. Then our book club chose it, so reread it, same reaction, not only my own but other members also. Then saw movie & had the same strong feelings at the ending. She does know how to get a reaction!

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