Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Great Gatsby | How things change as you get older

 So you might have all heard about this little movie that came out yesterday called The Great Gatsby. I remember that it was assigned reading in school and I hated it. It could have been because it was assigned reading and I hated being told what to read, but I never finished it. Since then I have never picked it up to re-read it because I thought I hated it.

Then, I hear that Baz Lurhmann has a new film coming out and it's a remake of The Great Gatsby. I was torn because I have this memory of completely despising the book, but I love Baz Luhrmann movies. I decided I might as well watch it. Then recently the soundtrack came out and I quite enjoy the direction it seems this movie will go in.

Anyways, so I started re-reading The Great Gatsby and strange because thus far I am actually enjoying it. I am only about a chapter into it, but I find myself very much enjoying the voice. This whole story is just a friendly reminder that if you didn't like a book in high school and it's been a fair handful of years, you might want to try it again because it might surprise you (it also might still just be terrible). So if you haven't already watched this movie and it's been awhile since you read the book and didn't like it. Maybe you should give it another shot.


  1. I agree with you, we grow as readers. I did like The Great Gatsby but I read it in college first. I imagine I wouldn't in high school.

    I'm looking forward to the movie. I've seen the adaptation with Robert Redford and really didn't like it. If the soundtrack is an indicator, I expect more dynamics.

  2. I read it in high school (I think year 10?) and really liked it, actually. The one classic that was required reading for school (that wasn't freaking Shakespeare) that I didn't like and couldn't finish was Tess of the D'Urbervilles, which I actually bought a copy for that unit and I keep telling myself, "One day I'm going to finish it"...

    I'm glad you're reading it again now that you're older and enjoying it so far. :) The movie comes out at the end of the month for Australia. I'm excited, but also wary because, well, because I like the book.


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