Persistence of Vision Blog Tour--Day 5
Today's tour stop is a spotlight at Far From Reality. If you get a chance, pop over and take a look! :D
Welcome to the Read and Review Hop! Hosted by Anya of On Starships and Dragonwings!
I knew the first classic book I'd be reading was F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Ever since I heard about the DiCaprio film being shot (over a year ago) I've wanted to re-read it. I remember reading it in high school and liking it. I remember that it was at tragic and specific scene at the climax of the story, but other than that I couldn't remember much.
Most of the stuff that actually happens in the book had slipped my mind. I knew I wanted to re-read it before the film came out and I'm so glad I did! Even liking it in high school, I'm not sure I fully appreciated it! The Great Gatsby is amazing! It's interesting and human and tragic!
Gatsby is a very human guy. He's a nobody who made a name for himself and tried to erase his past. In a way, he almost fits into the tragic hero's mold in that he simply couldn't move on.
Daisy and Tom are almost the same character, with Daisy being only slightly more sympathetic.
One character I never liked and still don't after the second read is Jordan. She doesn't have the obliviousness of money to hide behind like Tom and Daisy do. She's more grounded and in-the-know about things like Nick is, but still chooses the lifestyle of the Buchanans. At least Nick has the grace to feel sick about what happened and walk away at some point.
Overall, I immensely enjoyed reading Gatsby again. It's deeply thought-out, well-written, a quick read, and all kinds of tragic! I'm very excited for film to come out, now (in the summer, I think).
Lesson/Theme: Always move forward. Looking continually back only stagnates you and, in some cases, can utterly destroy you.
Watch the Trailer. Just 'Cause. ;D Totally love the music they use for this trailer! It's perfect!
What do you think? Anyone else read the book? Going to see the film?
Thoughts for Thursday
Readers may respond by either commenting on the quotes I put forward or contributing a quote of their own. Leave it in the comments or a link to your quote in the linky. Whoever comes up with the best one will get some swag and be entered to win a bigger prize later on!
Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!
As we move into the New Year and start to see either the success or the drop-off of our resolutions, it's easy to get overwhelmed. This week's theme is Fear!!!
"Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free." --Jim Morrison
"Do one thing every day that scares you."--Eleanor Roosevelt
"Faith activates God--Fear activates the Enemy."--Joel Osteen
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear."--Ambrose Redmoon
"If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery."--John Paul Jones
What do you think? Do you have a favorite quote about fear to contribute? Which of the above is your favorite?