Amy Dunne was totally right (about being the Cool Girl)

It took me three years and my cousin’s “read this now or else” death stare to get me to pick up Gone Girl and actually read it. It went from slow to awesome in about 120 pages, I think. And for me, the thing that made it awesome was the brilliance of Amy Dunne. When Amy turned up (spoiler alert) alive in that car, being a total badass boss of a bitch, it was about 3 in the morning, my time, and I was fist-pumping and cheering her insane plan on, much to Mr. Ingenue’s dismay.

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It took me three years and my cousin’s “read this now or else” death stare to get me to pick up Gone Girl and actually read it. It went from slow to awesome in about 120 pages, I think. And for me, the thing that made it awesome was the brilliance of Amy Dunne. When Amy turned up (spoiler alert) alive in that car, being a total badass boss of a bitch, it was about 3 in the morning, my time, and I was fist-pumping and cheering her insane plan on, much to Mr. Ingenue’s dismay.

Hey. You don’t have to be a sociopath to appreciate her manipulation. At least, I’m 88-percent sure that’s true.

What really got me, though—the part of her that I agreed with—was when she went off on the Cool Girl persona. You know what I’m talking about (especially if you’ve read the book. If not, stop being a slacker, slacker, and get with modern society already. [Note: I can say that now because I did read the book. The righteousness feels good.]).

When she met Nick, she knew Cool Girl was his type. Cool Girl doesn’t complain when you go out with the guys (who you probably refuse to introduce her to) even though you’d already made dinner plans. Cool Girl doesn’t ask you to put a label on your relationship. Cool Girl tell you to pick up your underwear or take your socks off in bed (because gross). Cool Girl is so chill, you’d think Nick and his bro brethren created them. What’s crazy/crazy-awesome is that Amy and her creator, Gillian Flynn, took this prototypical perfect chick and brought her to life.

I’m not talking about Gone Girl because I just read the book. Actually, I finished it in August. I’m evangelizing over a sociopath because of Gala Darling, and more specifically, her article on the unsexiness of playing it cool.

“Don’t act cool with me,” he said. “I just want you to be real. Be messy and embarrassing and tell me the truth. Be your twelve year old self, and I’ll be my twelve year old self, and it’ll be great.” – Gala Darling

Gala is very badass, but not in an Amy Dunne sort of way (probably? I don’t know her personally, so that’s just a guess). The article is brief and experiential and a good kick-in-the-pants. Two thumbs up. Now go read it.

Author: Brittany Taylor

Brittany Taylor is the chick behind SeeBrittWrite, and she believes in the transformative power of stories. She uses words to turn businesses into story-driven brands. Her work has appeared in national magazines, both in print and digital, but her next project might just be yours.

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