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It's Only the End if You Want it to Be

Posts tagged f. scott fitzgerald

May 14 '13

gruskek:

thegreendeceiver:

On one hand I don’t want to go see The Great Gatsby because I didn’t like the book and was utterly disgusted by how my classmates and teacher romanticized Gatsby and whenever I spoke my mind about it the teacher was all “Okay that’s a valid point but he did it for love~” and I don’t really want to support a movie based off a book that makes me grind my teeth with anger

Buuuuut on the other haaaaand 1920s costume porn.

Your teacher was an idiot. This book is not supposed to be romantic in any way. It’s about a bunch of horrible people doing horrible things. Some of them have sob stories but in the end they’re not enough to justify their actions. 

From the reviews tho it seems the movie fucked up on this front because it just went with the pretty and that’s it. 

I’m not a big fan of the book. I found it a drag to read but it does have its merits, so its a shame when people miss them. 

The book is really supposed to be a critique of 1920’s society more than anything else.

And Gatsby is supposed to be a sympathetic character, but you’re also supposed to see that his “love” for Daisy is in fact extremely superficial, obsessive, and in many ways downright creepy. It’s not a romantic love story. It’s not a story about a perfect romantic hero. It’s a story about an extremely flawed man chasing a dream that ultimately doesn’t exist at all.

Then again, people have a tendency to think that anything with any sort of “doomed love story” is supposed to be romantic, even when the only thing that “dooms” it is the fact that (a) it’s an unhealthy and dysfunctional relationship, or (b) one or both of the people involved is a completely awful person. Lord grant me patience the next time someone refers to Wuthering Heights as a “romance”. *rolls eyes*

Not every story involving a romantic relationship is one where you’re supposed to root for the romance in question.

Nov 28 '12

How much do you wanna bet the majority of my followers are staring in absolute befuddlement at all these Renaissance Dramatist Feels right now?

ROFL.

Nov 8 '12
noodletothedoodle:

peachskull:

likeomfgitsjonny:

I have been working with a Mexican publishing company for the past few months to illustrate a Spanish translation of the classic American novel, “The Great Gatsby”. This is the cover, and there are 22 interior illustrations which I will post some of soon! I will also be sure to let you know when the book is available for purchase (if you’re interested, but again, it’s in Spanish).

wow dang!

wow I’m in love with the cover

Oooh, I like this cover! The hat covering half of his face is very apt, considering Gatsby’s reputation as a man of mystery who few people actually know much about.
The emphasis on the hat itself is pretty interesting, too, as it recalls the prefacing quote to the novel. In fact, one of the titles Fitzgerald originally considered was Gold-Hatted Gatsby, before his wife Zelda convinced him to go with The Great Gatsby.

noodletothedoodle:

peachskull:

likeomfgitsjonny:

I have been working with a Mexican publishing company for the past few months to illustrate a Spanish translation of the classic American novel, “The Great Gatsby”. This is the cover, and there are 22 interior illustrations which I will post some of soon! I will also be sure to let you know when the book is available for purchase (if you’re interested, but again, it’s in Spanish).

wow dang!

wow I’m in love with the cover

Oooh, I like this cover! The hat covering half of his face is very apt, considering Gatsby’s reputation as a man of mystery who few people actually know much about.

The emphasis on the hat itself is pretty interesting, too, as it recalls the prefacing quote to the novel. In fact, one of the titles Fitzgerald originally considered was Gold-Hatted Gatsby, before his wife Zelda convinced him to go with The Great Gatsby.

Jun 29 '12

anniehetrick:

France, c. 1925 — F. Scott Fitzgerald is filmed writing.

(Source: deforest)

Jun 28 '12

“It was wonderful to sit with her head on my shoulder for hours and feel as I always have, even now, closer to her than to any other human being. And I wouldn’t mind a bit if in a few years Zelda and I could snuggle up together under a stone in some old graveyard here. That is really a happy thought and not melancholy at all.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1935

“It was wonderful to sit with her head on my shoulder for hours and feel as I always have, even now, closer to her than to any other human being. And I wouldn’t mind a bit if in a few years Zelda and I could snuggle up together under a stone in some old graveyard here. That is really a happy thought and not melancholy at all.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1935

(Source: factoseintolerant)

May 23 '12
"I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything."
F. Scott Fitzgerald, about his wife Zelda (via 365-daysofstephanie)
May 23 '12
"Perhaps fifty percent of our friends and relations will tell you in good faith that it was my drinking that drove Zelda mad, and the other half would assure you that it was her madness that drove me to drink. Neither of these judgments means much of anything. These two groups of friends and relations would be unanimous in saying that each of us would have been much better off without the other. The irony is that we have never been more in love with each other in all our lives. She loves the alcohol on my lips. I cherish her most extravagant hallucinations. In the end, nothing really had much importance. We destroyed ourselves. But in all honesty, I never thought we destroyed each other."
F. Scott Fitzgerald on his marriage to Zelda (via nickywire)
May 22 '12

I’m sorry, I sorry.

Am I the only one who… really doesn’t like this?

Gatsby looks like a serial killer here. I mean, a big part of Gatsby’s character (IMO) is supposed to be that he’s young and stupid and infatuated, and he builds up this whole fantasy around Daisy because he has this huge misconception about what love really is.

And when he’s with Daisy, you should see that, I think. I get that they were going for all of the conflicted emotions in this scene, which is good, but I guess I’m not really seeing the right emotions? I’m not seeing the misguided hope or the adoration. He just sort of looks hurt, or like he wants to stab her. Granted, I spent the majority of The Great Gatsby wanting to stab Daisy, but I’m pretty sure Gatsby isn’t actually supposed to share the sentiment.

(Source: candicespatton)