Marry, Date or Dump: Mr. Darcy, Rhett Butler, & Jay Gatsby

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Welcome back to Marry, Date or Dump. I enjoyed the break, but somehow Burn, Read, Rewrite wasn’t as much fun. Plus, I learned that you all are pretty upset about the thought of even figuratively burning a book (which is a good thing!) so I think it will be fun to be back on familiar territory. To refresh memories, I give three characters and you tell me who you’d marry, date and dump in the comments. This time around I think I’ll list my own choices as well, since that makes it more fun. This was one of the first ever group of characters I did for Marry, Date or Dump and one of the most popular, so I thought I’d pose the question again for the (re)inaugural game.

Mr. Darcy, Rhett Butler, & Jay Gatsby: Marry, Date or Dump?  Continue reading

Burn, Read, Rewrite: The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, & The Sun Also Rises

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Based on comments, it seems like the switch from Marry, Date or Dump to this game has been a success. Although as my sister said this morning, “It’s way easier to dump a character than it is to burn a book.” She decided this lineup was too hard for her to choose, but I hope you will play along and say which book you would read (favorite), rewrite (like but might want to change), and burn (least favorite). These are three of my favorite favorite books – stories so nice I had to say favorite twice – but I’m going to give it a shot.  Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Mr. Bingley, Nick Carraway, and Ashley Wilkes

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Happy Monday! One of my first and most popular marry date or dump posts asked readers to make the choice between Mr. Darcy, Jay Gatsby, and Rhett Butler. Today I decided to give you their counterparts to choose between today. Let me know in the comments, who you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump when it comes to Mr. Bingley, Nick Carraway, and Ashles Wilkes. I know who I would pick, but I’m excited to see what you decide!

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Marry, Date or Dump: Nick Carraway, Holden Caulfield & Jake Barnes

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I’ve still got Gatsby on the brain, and wanted to think of a good marry, date or dump to incorporate Nick Carraway because I’ve already done one with Jay and one for the ladies from the book. So I thought I’d pair Nick with some of my other interesting and perhaps unreliable narrators from two of my other favorite books – Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye and Jake Barnes from The Sun Also Rises. This trio really has me stumped because there are so many reasons to want to marry all of them and so many reasons to want to date all of them. Let me know who you would marry, date and dump in the comments below. Thanks!  Continue reading

The Great Gatsby: Baz Lurhman Remixes a Classic

If you’ve been reading the blog, or you’ve had a conversation with me since I was in the 11th grade, there is a good chance you know that I love The Great Gatsby. I consistently advocate for it as “the great American novel” and if I could get away with it would only wear pink tailored suits and call everyone “old sport”.

While I’ve been disappointed by past attempts to translate the novel into film, it would be an understatement to say I went into the movie theater this morning wanting to like this movie. I went into the theater wanting to LOVE it. And this morning I got exactly what I wanted. Continue reading