ForumLiterature

Gatsby Thoughts?

14 comments · save · last comment by Sascha E. 5 years ago

Kayla B.

Kayla B.

SAN FRANCISCO,
United States

88 posts

So with the new movie coming out soon (this weekend? Next?) there's quite a bit of Gatsby buzz going around. My English teacher mentioned today that he'd be sharing an essay with us titled "Why I Despise The Great Gatsby". It's one of those books that many (though not all) have read - and certainly there are plenty of different takes and opinions circulating.

Personally, I really love the book - and had the final quote from the novel as my background for a while - but what are everyone else's thoughts. Do you love Gatsby? Hate it? Thoughts on the movie? Is it overhyped and overrated?

What are your opinions on The Great Gatsby?

6 years ago

#1
Mara C

Mara C.

LAS LOUIS AND ST. VEGAS,
United States

4914 posts

I despise Gatsby because it was my English teacher's favorite book, and thus we spent way too much time on it and nitpicked it to no end. Shoulda just read it on my own, a lot of literature has been ruined/made boring for me by classes.

0 · May 7, 2013

#2
Voodoo Cupcake

Voodoo C.

TOKYO,
Japan

23 posts

It's not something I would have read on my own and I didn't like it too much at first. Fortunately, I had a really cool English class that year and we talked and joked about it. We also went into the history and life of Scott and Zelda which made it more interesting as well.
I still don't care for the plot but I love the images and the glamor of that time and social culture. That's why I'm really excited about the movie. I just want to drool over the clothes and sets. Also, Brooks Brothers helped design and costumes based on their actual clothing lines from that time which, to me, is wicked cool.
brooksbrothers.com/The-Great-Gatsby-Collection/gatsby,default,sc.html

0 · May 7, 2013

#3
Kayla B.

Kayla B.

SAN FRANCISCO,
United States

88 posts

Oh that's interesting - I hadn't considered the movie from the clothing/fashion side of things.

I can understand feeling like a teacher spends too much time on one book - but at the same time, that never seems to me like a decent reason to dislike the work itself.

My english teacher was mentioning that the essay we're going to read claims that Gatsby is overhyped and a terrible moral standard, or compass. I can understand the criticism of Gatsby being overhyped - as well as the idea that it doesn't show a great sense of morality. But at the same time - I hardly think morality should be what determines a great novel.

0 · May 7, 2013

#4
Selina M

Selina M.

LONDON,
United Kingdom

5711 posts

i read it when i was 14/15 and didn't like it. now i'm old enough to appreciate it so i might give it another go

0 · May 9, 2013

#5
Kayla B.

Kayla B.

SAN FRANCISCO,
United States

88 posts

Definitely a book that deserves a re-read

0 · May 10, 2013

#7
Selina M

Selina M.

LONDON,
United Kingdom

5711 posts

@Kayla B.

i think i might do so

0 · May 12, 2013

#8
Kayla B.

Kayla B.

SAN FRANCISCO,
United States

88 posts

I'm really curious - but to be honest - also fairly anxious. Book to movie adaptations always worry me - because so often, they're fairly disappointing or can't really stand up to the book. And then when you're basing it off something like Gatsby...I don't know - it'll be interesting.

In all honesty though - I probably won't even get around to seeing the movie while it's in theaters. Going to the movies - so much effort - and it's become ridiculously expensive.

0 · May 12, 2013

#9
Kayla B.

Kayla B.

SAN FRANCISCO,
United States

88 posts

@Selina M.

Good! I'm curious to see how your opinion will have changed - or if it does at all.

0 · May 12, 2013

#10
Laura G

Laura G.

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA,
Australia

52 posts

I didn't get it

0 · January 19, 2014

#11
Mildred Cheng

Mildred C.

HONG KONG,
Hong Kong

6 posts

movie- yes
book- can be confusing at times but i would consider it a medium-level read

0 · February 26, 2014

#12
Leticia D

Leticia D.

GENEVA BUT LIVING IN PARIS,
France

21 posts

Gatsby is my favorite book and movie, it's part of me. I feel so concerned about the story, don't know why

0 · February 26, 2014

#13
Danny C.

Danny C.

COLDASFUCK,
Canada

5 posts

I feel it's essential period reading and I can recite the first page from memory alone, but I feel the movie adaptation (and indeed many of the book's readers) misinterprets the novel as a love story, which it is far from.

0 · February 28, 2014

#14
Sascha Emily

Sascha E.

SOUTHERN ENGLAND,
United Kingdom

448 posts

I read the book about two years ago for english lit and really didn't like it... in terms of aesthetics the film however is stunning- the costume design is beautiful! The only time i've ever said a film is better than the book...

0 · March 2, 2014

  

Accepted HTML tags: <a href="url">link</a> <img src="image url"/> <br/>

Saved Topics

You have no saved topics.

FORUM RULES

  • NO Duplicate or Repeat Posts
  • NO Off-topic Posts
  • NO SPAM or Unsolicited Advertising
  • NO Offensive or Harmful Content
  • NO Stolen or Copyright Infringing Content
Arrow-up-white To top