30DBC Day 8 – Most Overrated Book

Good Wednesday Morning! It’s Day 8 of 30 Day Book Challenge and today’s question would be…what I think is the most overrated book. What an easy one!

Yay! I finally get to say this – I, honestly and truthfully, think that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” is the most overrated book ever!

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Yes, I agree. The prose is impeccable, the setting of the mood divine, and its movie adaptation is magnificent. However, as a novel, “a classic” no less, The Great Gatsby is not as amazing as everyone says.

Firstly, it is definitely not the be-all-end-all epitome of the “Great American Novel” as everyone claims it to be. At least, not anymore. It’s beautifully written but it was boring, bland and superficial. The catchy parts are more melodramatic than enthralling. There’s no strong or likeable characters I could pit for.  If any, I can probably imagine Gossip Girl as the book’s (better) contemporary adaptation. Mr Lonely Boy – Jay Gatsby – was so obsessed about capturing the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, he squeezes himself into their “class” by living right across the bay, spending all his money, and throwing extravagant and obnoxious party to attract her. Sadly, everyone is busy being self-righteous, planning convoluted schemes, or engaging in some affair. Sounds familiar, Upper East Siders?

I guess if there wasn’t so much buzz about it, I won’t call it overrated. It is, after all, a great beautifully described representation of its time. But, now, it has evolved to be a cornerstone for literature classes and a must-read-before-you-die lists. For all its strangeness, Fitzgerald’s novel possesses and inexplicable glamorous, crowd-pleasing commercialism. Who am I kidding? Gatsby-themed parties are superbly sophisticated! Indeed, in recent years, the book bas been reinvented as a much-admired experimental play – Gatz, and a Nintendo video game – Grand Theft Auto, West Egg. Book clubs have been created and movies were produced. Even the Trump Hotel offers a glamorous “Great Gatsby Package” in during the movie release. This included three nights in a suite on Central Park West, a magnum of Champagne, cuff links and a tailored suit for men and/or an Art Deco shagreen and onyx cuff, accompanied by a personal note from Ivanka Trump for the women.” Seriously? Isn’t that way over the top?

I don’t know. Perhaps, “The Great Gatsby” is just not my cup of tea. But, well, I do recommend you to watch the movie. It has great actors, amazing cinematography, and a captivating soundtrack.

Also, do visit Cumuloquoise  for her choice of the most overrated book. According to her post yesterday, she probably has a number to choose from. I wonder which one she’ll pick. See you again tomorrow! (:

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“And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” – Jay Gatsby

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One thought on “30DBC Day 8 – Most Overrated Book

  1. To me, it was the contrary. I didn’t like the movie at all, but I did like the book. Not as much to really call it a “classic” or a must-read, but more as something that you’ll enjoy… Once.

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