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

Posts tagged the great gatsby

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 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.

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: jergilberts)