The other day, while casually talking about The Great Gatsby movie at work, I mentioned a key fact about the ending–Gatsby’s ultimate fate, so to speak.
I didn’t think much of it. The book is 90 years old. I honestly thought everyone in the western world kind of, sort of, knew that story.
Like, if I was talking about the David and Goliath story and I said, “Then David slings a rock at the giant Goliath and kills him,” I don’t feel like I would be ruining that story for anyone. We all know David kills Goliath, right?
So I mistakenly thought Gatsby was along the same lines of familiarity for most people. And I was wrong. That’ll teach me for equating biblical literature with Fitzgerald.
I missed the boat.
I missed the boat filled with people who believe the new Gatsby movie sucked. That ship sailed and I wasn’t on it. I don’t know what’s up with those people.
In this post, I’ll explain why I disagree with most critics on The Great Gatsby movie. The film has been critically panned, receiving 49% on Rotten Tomatoes. I’ve read several recurring arguments online, and I want to take a look at each of those.
As a reminder, I’ve read the Gatsby novel five times. It’s my favorite book, and if a director did a crappy job of putting Fitzgerald’s story on screen, I would be more than happy to ridicule said director.
In this case, I think Baz Luhrmann did a (mostly) excellent job of making this classic novel into a Hollywood film. But let’s take a look at what some of his critics are saying.
Hey, did you know that The Great Gatsby comes out on Friday? Have I mentioned that before? Did you know I’m a Gatsby fan? I haven’t talked about that before, have I?
You know I’ll have to review the movie after I watch it (going on Sunday). I might do that next week.
In the meantime, here’s a great way to kill a few hours while you are at work today. Don’t blame me, though.
It’s a 100% fully functional, fully playable online version of The Great Gatsby NES video game from the 1980s.
This is what the internet was made for, my friends.
Gatsby in a video game? Weird. But crazy cool weird. Here’s how it works, according to the Gatsby game website that hosts it.
A couple of weeks ago, we discussed whether or not we cared about owning signed copies of books. I mentioned that, for the most part, I could care less–with some exceptions, like legendary authors, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, etc.
When I said that, I naively thought a signed book by one of those authors might costs several hundred dollars, maybe a thousand or so. Boy, was I an idiot.
After doing a little research at Peter Harrington’s site–he’s a bookseller who specializes in signed, first-edition books, I realized just how stupid I was for thinking such books would go for so cheap.
Here are just a few examples I pulled from Harrington’s site:
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read The Great Gatsby. I think this last time, when I reviewed it for the blog, made my fifth read-through. But I honestly don’t know.
That’s saying something. Because I’m typically not a repeat book-reader or movie watcher. Once I’ve read a book or watched the movie, then I rarely will go through it again.
My wife can watch the same movie 10 times. And I just don’t get it because I’m thinking…you know what’s about to happen!
We’re coming up on a little over a month until the new Gatsby film comes out. May 10 to be exact.
Seeing as Gatsby is my favorite novel and Dicaprio is one of my favorite actors, I’m slightly excited. I think I might even review the movie on this blog, something I’ve never done before.
A few days ago, they released character posters from the film..and here they are in all their glory.
Hooray for Valentines Day!
Today is a wonderful opportunity to gorge oneself on overpriced chocolate and questionable fettucine alfredo, while dining with the one you love.
Or, if you’re tired of hearing everyone yapping about love and such, then perhaps you’d like to relish in the dark, miserable side of romance.
Like these terrible couples from literature, for example. So if you hate Valentines Day, then today’s post is for you.
Here are some of the worst couples in literature–at least that I could think of.
I know I posted about Hunter S. Thompson’s daily routine just a few weeks ago, and I know he doesn’t have a book on the Time list, and I know I’ve posted a ton about The Great Gatsby in the last few months…but I just couldn’t resist with this one.
I actually think it’s a great idea. You want to know what it’s like to write a great novel? Then write one! I mean, literally pick a great novel and sit down and copy the whole thing. Don’t sell it, of course, or try to publish it, because that would be stupid. But just rewrite the thing.
That’s what Hunter S. Thompson did.
To be such a short novel, I had a lot to write about The Great Gatsby.
It is my favorite novel, after all. Though I finished it about a month ago, the holiday break and giveaway and year in review posts kept me from giving it a worthy recap post.
So, like I did with Infinite Jest, I thought I’d highlight all of the posts I made about The Great Gatsby at the end of last year. Maybe you missed one and would like to take a look.
Here they be:
So, as you may know, Time Magazine chose not to rank the 100 All-Time novels when they created this list, but I thought I’d be a dove and help them out. So I rank each novel after I’m finished with it. I like to call these my totally meaningless and highly subjective rankings.
After every 5-6 books, I take a little time to explain why I ranked each book as I did. It’s my way of staying accountable to you and letting you rain down hate upon me in the comments section, if you so choose.
So, here’s how I ranked books 46 through 51: