Project Title

Breaking Down the Media’s Response to Unlikable Female Protagonists: A Screenplay Analysis

Academic department under which the project should be listed

RCHSS - English

Research Mentor Name

Anna Weinstein

Abstract (300 words maximum)

This presentation aims to analyze the screenplay, Gone Girl, written by novelist Gillian Flynn. The screenplay is centered around a female protagonist, Amy, who is highly critiqued by the main media because of her cold sociopathic persona. While some may describe Gone Girl as the most feminist film in years, others would describe the movie as taking a step backwards in time. Despite the many men who have taken on unlikable characters in films, men have not received the same backlash or controversy that women experience when fulfilling similar roles. This presentation will observe the way that the mainstream media responded to Amy’s character by comparing men in similar unlikable roles in order to draw a comparison.

Disciplines

Screenwriting

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Breaking Down the Media’s Response to Unlikable Female Protagonists: A Screenplay Analysis

This presentation aims to analyze the screenplay, Gone Girl, written by novelist Gillian Flynn. The screenplay is centered around a female protagonist, Amy, who is highly critiqued by the main media because of her cold sociopathic persona. While some may describe Gone Girl as the most feminist film in years, others would describe the movie as taking a step backwards in time. Despite the many men who have taken on unlikable characters in films, men have not received the same backlash or controversy that women experience when fulfilling similar roles. This presentation will observe the way that the mainstream media responded to Amy’s character by comparing men in similar unlikable roles in order to draw a comparison.

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