Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Great Gatsby

I read The Great Gatsby sometime in high school (at least parts of it). I remember taking a test on a few chapters of the novel that I had not yet read and one of the questions asked what was found in the trash cans. I had no idea so I guessed orange peels and by some cosmic power of luck I got the answer right. The orange peels were supposedly significant as some kind of symbol, but I'm not quite sure what for.

The only thing I can remember from reading the book is a girl named Daisy, lots of parties, and Mr. Gatsby floating dead in his own swimming pool at the very end. Last night I went with Jo and her brother to see the most recent film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, and (assuming the movie is any kind of accurate portrayal of the original story) I realized just how adult a story it really is. I wonder why teenagers are expected to read these kinds of novels and comprehend anything about it.

I read a lot of what I would now consider "adult" books in high school for required readings. The Great Gatsby, A Tale of Two Cities, Les Miserables, Pride and Prejudice...books with adult characters and the complications of adult life. There were few required readings that actually appealed to me or applied to my place in life as a teenager, and I wonder who writes the list of books for required school reading?? Personally, I think they do a terrible job.

 Aside from all that, I feel torn about the movie. I was disappointed that there were so many modern songs and not so many (or any that I recall) songs from the twenties. I didn't like the narrator style that framed the movie (and I really don't like Toby McGuire). For once, I think that DiCaprio was perfect for the part (make that the second time...he was also perfect for his role in What's Eating Gilbert Grape). I hated all the fake ocean shots, and it definitely lagged a lot--but maybe that's just because of the storyline?

 My favorite part was dressing up as a flapper and laughing with Jo and Christien. And I stand by my opinion that Daisy knew exactly what she was doing when she drove the yellow car, although I like that it's somewhat ambiguous.

What do you think about the Great Gatsby?

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1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on completing the A-Z Challenge! Just stopping by to say hello from the 2013 Post A-Z Road Trip!
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