So, here is a thing that will make you think I’m a jerk face: I hate The Great Gatsby.
Considering I already mentioned about this in a previous post, and the fact that I wrote a really bitchy post last Friday, I don’t want to harp on this issue again. Nobody likes a shrieker. However, Leo DiCaprio went and got involved and errrrrrbody I know is talking about it so now I feel compelled to at least provide a reminder as to why this story is lacking. In short:
- Daisy is the OG Kardashian. Is this not obvious? I don’t care if she dresses like a walking Ralph Lauren ad, it’s not cool when authors write cardboard characters and put them on a pedestal as something to be worshiped.
- Gatsby is a total Lifetime movie-esque stalker. For real. Just remember, that if that happened to you in real life, your Gatsby would look like the scary old bearded dude at the Library who rubs his leg too much, not Robert Redford or Leonardo DiCaprio in a linen suit. Reality check, yo.
- If I’m going to invest in 200 pages in a book, the author needs to give me a little sumpthin-sumpthin at the end. Not a happy ending, okay, just something more than a thud. I get it…yada yada yada cautionary tale of greed and moral corruption yada yada. I don’t care. Readers deserve a little more than a splat. Way to go, Fitzgerald.
I could also make a fourth point about Fitzgerald writing much better books (The Last Tycoon anyone?)…and I’m not trying to discourage anyone from seeing the film. A show is a show! But if you are going for the story factor, production value be-darned, here, let me save you the trouble:
|Get it. Get it.|
Okay. That was my gripe. It’s over with. Now, here is the good news! While everyone else I know is reading/re-reading Gatsby, I am going to be reading like eleventy billion other amazing books I found thanks to Book Lamp. Do you know about this? It’s a website. It’s been around a while but someone at work just showed it to me last week and I’m all WHY DIDN’T I KNOW ABOUT THIS?!
This, this is genius. I feel stupid for not knowing about this sooner. If any of you are also late to the boat, listen…
Book Lamp is like Pandora for books. All you have to do is type in the name of your favorite book or author, Book Lamp will ask to confirm with one click and then spit out dozens of other titles recommended by other people who liked that same book/author.
Some of these I have already read and loved, others I recall other people recommending but never made note, others are news to me but I’m writing them down because based on these other titles, I’m guessing their pretty good too.
Isn’t that the niftiest thing you have seen all day?
Now you go try it out.
Or, better yet, recommend a book in the comments below. What is the last great book you read
PS: I mentioned this before but it’s worth repeating — If you enjoy the classic lit and have a Kindle, you can download some entire collections for 99cents. Like, 55 works of Charles Dickens. Clarification: Not one book for 99cents, I mean 55 books for 99 cents. Or 18 works by Jane Austen. Or 69 short stories from Edgar Allen Poe. THE ANNE OF GREEN GABLES COLLECTION. Scoot around the sliders at the bottom and you’ll see one you like. You’re welcome.