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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.