But first let me clear some personal things up.
Now that picture is of my dad and my little sister because neither I nor my father are very photogenic and it has to be a special occasion to get him in front of a camera, that picture was taken at her engagement party.
Now, on to Gatsby...
Let me start out by saying that one of the main reasons I struggled with Gatsby was because I already knew going into reading the book that Baz Luhrmann was going to be making another film version and had cast Leonardo DiCaprio (Gatsby), Tobey Maguire (Nick), and Carey Mulligan (Daisy) in the picture. And for the life of me, when reading it I could not see these actors in these parts. Tobey Maguire, sure, he would be fine as Nick. But Carey Mulligan as Daisy?
Don't get me wrong, I love Carey Mulligan. I just feel she has grown so much as an actress and has taken on more substantial parts that it is really hard for me to picture her going back to play a character that is childish and superficial. I have no doubt she can do it, but she just wouldn't be my first choice.
And I think Leo will be perfect for the charming Gatsby we meet at the beginning of the book, but when Daisy comes back into his life Gatsby changes and I just can't see Leo as that second Gatsby.
But putting the movie aside. Here is my other issue with Gatsby;
Therapists will say, concerning alcoholics and drug users, that when an person first starts to become dependent on these substances their emotional development stops. So whatever age a person is when they first start to become dependent on drugs, that is the emotional age they will stay at until they come off the drug and get treatment.
I did think the language of the book was very musical and I enjoyed the style of writing more then I thought I would. Maybe after I see the movie I'll be so impressed with Leo and Carey's performances that I'll want to reread the book and love it that much more.