Cas Johnson

February 2021

So far, rereading The Great Gatsby hasn’t been awe-inspiring. I’m used to reading comics and visual novels, but aim not a fan of this art style or the story as much as I thought I was.

I appreciate the format--I am not able to create images in my head, so actually seeing the people (in a different way than the DiCaprio movie, somehow) made it easier to differentiate everyone.

Really, the main thing that I didn’t like so much was how light and bright the whole thing is. When I’m reading the Fitzgerald book, I’m imagining everything very dark and rather dreary unless a Gatsby party is going on. Here, it’s evoking a different emotion and it feels very off compared to the original.

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February 2021

I’ve read The Great Gatsby I believe twice. The first time was in ninth grade with my English class, but I have a vague notion I read it again in undergrad, though I don’t remember the second time so clearly. I saw bits and pieces of the 1949 film, particularly the scene where Myrtle gets hit by the car, and I’ve seen the 2013 film with Leonardo DiCaprio two or three times solely because it was one of the movies at my sister’s house and it’s easy to fall asleep to.

I’m aware The Great Gatsby finally entered the public domain this past January, so I’m looking forward to the renditions of the characters in other media.

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