I feel like the popularity of Gatsby, was similarly thrusted into approval the same way Huck Finn was– both, after waiting for a touchy time period to pass, allowed viewers to look at the books without the clouded judgment of being stuck in that time. Additionally to that, I never knew that Gatsby was passed out to the army. I wonder why they didn’t find it to be a book about a bunch of rich people the same way that others did, especially since the conditions they were going through were incredibly different than the characters of that book. I think that’s interesting how they were able to read it for what it was instead of what many had passed it over as. And that the army, was part of the reason it became so popular. Usually, I feel like today, it’s a bunch of teenagers that make books really popular but back then it was the army that had a lot of influence.
Other than the recent film adaptation with Leonardo DiCaprio, I didn’t know there were other films focusing on The Great Gatsby. Also, if anything Gatsby has only gotten more popular today. There are shirts with the book cover on it, phrases such as “party like Gatsby”, and other similar merchandise. This may have come from the recent movie, but I think that the fact that they made the book into a film shows that it still holds a lot of power standing by itself. And that we continue to read it in schools today, shows that it still has important value and meanings which is a pretty great turnout for a book if you ask me. I think it’s crazy how things can go from being wildly hated to extremely praised in the flick of a switch.
I’m honestly glad that I got to read Gatsby in high school and get a chance to discuss and intelligently understand it instead of think it’s a boring book about rich people.