Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby
BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS OF MAGAZINE COVER
it just breaks my heart how much magazines have photoshopped this already beautiful model. they edited out all of the flaws that really make her human. i am disgusted by this.
Yes, I urge any followers who plan to see this film to read the novel first. It really isn’t very long. The novel is so rich in detail and metaphors, yet manages to avoid being clunky and boring. Belonging to the modernist era, it was brief and effective, yet still wove an intricate story with intricate detail. Colour plays an important part in the symbolism and I think this film will be the best adaptation we can hope for. I think filming it in 3D was also a great idea because the novel is so beautiful. 3D will truly bring it to life. Seriously though, read the book.
I have to disagree slightly with the original post though, when regarding Jay Gatsby. By no means is he an honourable character but I think Fitzgerald manages to evoke some sympathy from the reader. Also, Nick Carraway isn’t completely perfect himself. You have to remember when reading any narrative book that not all narrators can be taken for their word. It isn’t the author narrating, it is the character. Therefore, there are going to be things that the reader will have to actively think about rather than simply taking Nick’s word. It’s called the unreliable narrator technique. The author, in this case Fitzgerald, may deliberately allow for doubts and problems to arise from the narration. Think about Nick’s motives, the date in which he is writing the story (I think it is like 2 years after the events) and his own personal biases. Although in the novel Nick says he will relate the events to the reader objectively, this itself may not be 100% correct; even if he wants and tries to be objective, his subconscious will always have a say over what he writes. He’s a human being, a character of the story, not an omnipresent 3rd person author. Remember this.
Overall though, I agree with this post and I will reiterate the point that this isn’t strictly a romance novel. It has elements of romance, mystery and thriller and more. It also isn’t a period novel, since it was written in the decade in which it is set, the 1920s.