My nerdtastic passion for reading has inevitably brought us to Beauty and the Pitch’s very new and very classy version of the dreaded high-school book reports, which PS, I can’t truly say I dreaded…
I should have been born in the 1920’s. Life is so unfair. Like I know I would have loved old cars, pearls on deck, crazy headpieces and vintage clothing. Now all we have are iPhones with Instagram capabilities and Kindles. Psh. Technology.
You MAY want to blame my school’s academic program for never enforcing a classic on me, you MAY want to roll your eyes at my bandwagon-ing and for clearly being way late too but listen here, old sport, you have nothing, nada, zip or zap to fear because I REGRET READING THIS BOOK THAT MADE ME FEEL LIKE THE WORLD SUCKED. AND SO YES, I HAVE NOT WATCHED THE MOVIE. Take that, Daisy (most hated character ever. Like who the eff created you.)
First things first, it takes place in NY and that alone gives it some cred. For a while there, you couldn’t walk down SoHo without seeing “inspirations from Gatsby” plastered all over the windows (shout out to some great PR work by Prada!).
Then there was this quote “I’ve been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it must sober me up to sit in a library” (said the drunk guy during Gatsby’s first lavish party)… Basically this sums up that my life has been a lie and I officially have been doing things wrong considering this would have been super helpful to know during those Longhorn days.
OK, so did I like the ending? NO. I’m all for happy endings but it did stir emotions and a good book engages their audience, no matter how heavy a hand writes it and no matter how force fed the sentences are. And yes, all the buzz was around the movie, but I’m sure some 7th grade classrooms had hours of discussions around the book and the real meaning which, I mean, should count as buzz, right?
Given that the book WAS written 100 years ago and changed the whole book industry (which a PR Girl can respect) and since Leonardo is just friggin gorg and how can I forget to mention Amitabh Bachchan (Bollywood represent) for those reasons alone the official BATP rank is:
Cheers Old Sport,