Saturday, April 6, 2013

Fiction to Film: The Great Gatsby Read Along is Here!

Like many avid readers, every time I see a trailer for The Great Gatsby, I can hardly stand it.  Any time there is a great novel made into a big budget film, I get a little excited and nervous to see how it turns out!  Well, after some chatting on Twitter after a certain Louisville vs. Wichita State game, Trish got me to thinking about a possible Read Along to go before the film.  Honestly, what better time to reread--or read for the first time--the awesome novel that is The Great Gatsby?!?

Here's the deal.  I've never ran a Read Along, but I thought I'd give it a try.  Besides, we have the movie to look forward to at the end of all of this!


Book Length:  My copy comes in just under 200 pages
Chapters:  9
Time to Read:  1 month, with weekly check-ins
End Goal:  To reread Fitzgerald's famous novel & then go check out the movie!

If you're not convinced, check out the movie trailer and then tell me you don't want to reread this gem?!?

If you want to join in, here are the reading details for the coming month:
  •  4/10 to 4/17  Chapters 1-2  (40 pages)
  • 4/17 to 4/24  Chapters 3-4 (47 pages)
  • 4/24 to  5/1  Chapters 5-6  (34 pages)
  • 5/1 to 5/8  Chapters 7-End (72 pages)
  • 5/10 --Go see the movie!
If you think you can join or just want to jump in on the discussions, grab the button (pardon my button-making), and then post a blog post that you can link back here to the Mr. Linky.  If you just want to join in with us, you can do that as well down in the comments below.

Why don't we get started with a little Initial Post Survey: 
  1. Have you read The Great Gatsby before?  If so, what did you think of it the first time you read it?  If not, what do you most look forward to?
  2.  Have you seen any other film version of the novel?  What did you think?
  3. What do you think of the new film coming out?
  4. Any other thoughts on The Great Gatsby you want to share...
Well, let's get a copy and get going!


  1. Yay, Becky! This is a great idea! But who will go to the movie with me? ):

    1. Well, "virtually" you'll go with all of us! :) Does this mean you're joining in? I hope so! I've never done one of these, so I'm a little nervous... My track record lately hasn't been great. Although the class I've been taking is now over with, so I should be okay. I hope!

  2. I want to join! The movie is not out here until a week later than 5/10 (it seems, from what my local cinema is telling me right now), but I want to read the book before I go and can just join in on the movie discussion later. I have been meaning to read this for forever.

    1. Yay! I'm so excited to chat this one up together. It should be pretty easy to put away in one month. We can always chat more about the movie after you see it too!

  3. I think I might join in. I read it about 8 years ago, and I have to say I didn't love it... I'd like to read it again and see if my opinion changes. And I really want to see the movie!

    1. You should hop over here to SLC to watch it with me! ;) I hope you do read it with us! I'm kind of excited to focus in on it a little before the movie comes out. Should be fun.

  4. last read senior year of college and very looking forward to the re-read. glad to do it with others. and we get to see what looks like a wonderful new film adaptation at the end.

    1. Yay! I'm glad you'll be joining us! This should be fun.