Dear Hollywood, Please Stop Reinventing Gatsby

The Greaty Gatsby

Cover of the first volume in the series (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My second post on this blog asked “Does the world really need another Gatsby?” speaking of the the various adaptions of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby.  And a while back, I wrote a more creative post on how one can learn from Gatsby’s mistakes.  I also included the novel in a short list of must-reads by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I think it is safe to say that I love The Great Gatsby more than life itself.  I am also extremely protective of F. Scott Fitzgerald and all the hard work (and hard drinking) he put into everything he wrote.

When I love something, I put my entire being into it.  I want to preserve it and get people as interested in it as I am.  That is one of the reasons I started this blog.

And I want people to love F. Scott Fitzgerald as much as I do.  I want them to appreciate and respect his genius.  Like most true artists, that something he did not get to experience much in his lifetime.

Every time I see a trailer for the new screen adaption of Gatsby, I cringe.  Actually, becoming absolutely sick to my stomach is more accurate.

From what I have seen so far, it appears that they are taking what is a perfect, compelling story and turning it into a 21st century nightmare full of auto-tune and bad costumes that make cheap rentals at Halloween look more authentic to the era.

Seriously, Hollywood, WTF is wrong with you?  You could have done so much better than this over-hyped trash.

That’s right.  I said it.  This movie looks like trash.  The soundtrack alone is bad enough for me to hope the film bombs.

I suppose I shouldn’t be at all surprised by Hollywood making a mockery out of F. Scott Fitzgerald.  He took a job at M-G-M in 1937 and reportedly found the work, and the people, repulsive.  I suppose Hollywood got back at his sneering by turning his novels into unwatchable dung heaps.

And one would think with all the fantastic work F. Scott Fitzgerald put his whole soul into, Hollywood could find something other than Gatsby to destroy every 10-20 years.

Long story short, if you plan on seeing this horror of a film, read the novel first.  Then you will understand why this stupid adaption will never live up to the standard that was set by the greatest writer who ever lived.

*takes deep breath and sighs*

Dear Hollywood, please (pretty please), stop reinventing Gatsby.

Do you plan on seeing this movie?  Have you seen any of the other adaptions? And most importantly, have you read the novel?  What are your thoughts?  Please share them by leaving a comment below.

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4 thoughts on “Dear Hollywood, Please Stop Reinventing Gatsby

  1. Jodene

    I love your rant and agree that Hollywood takes a classic, whether written or a movie already made and re-make an already good or great thing. Unfortunately…(try not to cringe…) I have never read (good news, nor seen a movie adaptation) the Great Gatsby.
    There have been a lot of classics that I have never read, but still want to. Thank you for the post. I found it very interesting and you have peaked my interest toward Mr. Fitzgerald.
    ~ Jodene
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