|Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby in the 2013 movie version by Baz Luhrmann.|
The Great Gatsby (1925)
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This is a book that I always expected I would read in school, and yet somehow it never happened. I never saw the 1974 film version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, and I certainly never saw any of the three other filmed versions made before that one. And then, in early 2013 or whenever I saw a poster for the Baz Luhrmann movie and I was like, "Fuck, I haven't read this book, and I should have read it, and now this ridiculous fucking Baz Luhrmann version is going to be the indelible image that I have of it." So I was like, "OK, well I won't watch it, and eventually I'll get around to reading it, and then I can go back and watch it." And then I fucking watched it on HBO or some shit, like DVR-ed it, and then fast forwarded to the point where watching the whole fuck fest took about 30 minutes.
|Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby in the 1974 filmed version of F. Scott Fitzgeralds 1925 novel.|
|Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan in the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.|
|Cary Mulligan was terrible as Daisy Buchanan in the 2013 Baz Luhrmann movie version of The Great Gatsby, but it probably wasn't her fault.|
|Alan Ladd played Jay Gatsby|
Another attribute to account for the resonance of The Great Gatsby is his mastery of the "Horatio Alger" rags-to-riches myth. It is an irony that The Great Gatsby, which is of course a cruel parody of the original idea of the man from nowhere making a fortune, is now better known for that principle than the Horatio Alger stories themselves, which are never read. The Great Gatsby is both a book that emulates the broad, simple outlines of non-critical booster type literature while savagely critiquing it. The double success seems to be something common to transcendent works of art that permeate the popular consciousness.