The ‘Cool Girl’ Strikes Back? A Socio-Legal Analysis of Gone Girl

  • Amanda SpaldingEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture book series (PSCMC)


This chapter considers the commercially successful Gone Girl story and its relevance for wider society and law. Focusing on the backlash phenomenon identified by Faludi (Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women. London: Vintage, 1991), the author examines the relationship between Gone Girl and recent legal and political developments concerning rape law. It is argued that Gone Girl relies on and reinforces many of the problematic aspects of the current treatment of rape in the criminal justice system. However, an alternative exploration of Gone Girl as a nuanced portrayal of natural justice, especially in light of the #MeToo movement and other popular culture developments, is also offered.


Backlash Femme fatale Feminist Gone Girl Law Rape 


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  1. 1.Canterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUK

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