Hey /lit/, is it normal that I can't stand some of the writing in this?
It's my girlfriends favorite book and I'd love to be able to talk about it with her but I'm a few pages in and his abuse of adverbs and using countless alternatives to "said" or "asked" drive me insane. He has some brilliant ways of describing scenery but the dialogue is so distractingly bad that I can't enjoy the book
Does anyone feel the same way? Should I keep reading? Am I ignorant? What's the deal here
I couldn't stand how alpha, successful, racially-aware Tom was the "bad guy" and Gatsby the effeminate beta criminal was the "good guy." Fitzgerald could turn a sentence, though. Only in high school curricula as a lazy means of 'teaching' symbolism.
Yes actually, she despises YA as much as I do. She typically enjoys the more straight-forward and conventional classics, nothing too experimental but still much better than the general populace
gatsby isn't really that much better than YA desu, anon.
indeed the fact you're struggling with such entry-level literature is rather concerning.
pray tell what 'classics' does your gf enjoy, vonnegut?
spoilers sort of
the attempt is to put you in the mindset of the well off. Look at it this way: the book assumes you're a nobody and puts you in the shoes of a nobody and tells you about a great man that was an illusion which is also you, the parallel of gatsby to the reader and the main character is that self worth is the value of your integrity and little else which is why women flock to this book. The writing style reflects all of this by moving through the hidden narratives of the women who parallel themselves (cheating whore vs. rich cheating whore) so the banter of conversation is trying to wiggle a carrot in front of you: do you value yourself, do you value integrity, or are you a fake piece of shit thats trying to sound better than you are just like the low lifes who parade around in jewels and fur jerking each other off, f. scott fitzgerald is a genius, you're not, enjoy the book
should note though that tom and gatsby aren't good or bad. both are people who live lies and falsely defend their lies, for both characters when confronted with "truths" they can't handle it and either twist it until its what they can accept or change it. there is no good or bad here even though the film tried to paint tom as a sneaky murderer and gatsby died with hope but the moral is the same in the human experience from the book in that cementing your self worth around another person will always destroy you
I was slightly put off by the writing style in this too, at times it just felt needlessly over-descriptive to me. Certain paragraphs seemed a bit flowery and unnecessary to me, and I didn't see what actual substance they added to the novel except to decorate it with a bit of prose here and there. Overall I thought the book was pretty good though, not one of my favourites by any means, but enjoyable nonetheless.
That said, I am a pleb so I daresay I probably missed something.
>"I was rather literary in college - one year I wrote a series of very solemn and obvious editorials for the 'Yale News.' - and now I was going to bring back all such things into my life and become again that most limited of all specialists, the 'well-rounded man.' This isn’t just an epigram - life is much more successfully looked at from a single window, after all."
The only quote from that book worth remembering, if that. Overall a very forgettable work that I forced myself to finish, since it was moving too slow with no character building going on to justify it.
The only reason this book is popular is because its very american, and thus americans like it.