The Greatest Gatsby?

What is it about The Great Gatsby that gets us so worked up? Is it that Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation is sure to be an over-the-top, surreal and dramatic revision of both the book and the film? Perhaps it’s the drama of the Roaring ‘20s, a crime-filled, party time sandwiched between American disasters (WWI, The Depression and WWII). Could it be that behind all the scholarship, literary criticism and psychobiographical work, there still seems to be a sense of mystery in the novel that draws a hopeful audience? Is it plain and simple suspension of the disbelief? Whatever it is, there is something magnetic about Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan and even Nick Carraway.

Obviously, the hype is hot right now because the movie comes out today. But even between periods of Hollywood release, it seems that people are drawn to Jay Gatsby, just as Fitzgerald’s party-going characters in the book are:…

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