Tuesday, March 8, 2016
NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS MOVIE
I screaked, "ALAN LADD--can you believe that Alan Ladd played Jay Gatsby?"
Of course I was not surprised when she said she had never heard of Alan Ladd. I asked, "Ever heard of Shane?" I then went into my imitation of Brandon de Wilde crying out, "Shane, Shane...." but she didn't know that movie!
I told her that I thought none of the movies captured the essence of Jay or Daisy and that I was a great fan of Fitzgerald, having read everything by him, and about him, and also Zelda. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that she did not know who Zelda was. I told her how much I disliked Hemingway and his treatment of Fitzgerald.
When I told her about the new movie about Maxwell Perkins, I saw her eyes glazed over and I realized I was probably boring her.