Anthony Powell Discussion List, for mentioning Douglas Murray's article in The Spectator, The not-so-great-Gatsby. The novel, says Murray, "is one of those works which has been subsumed and overtaken by its own myth." He draws a parallel with Brideshead Revisited, which has also been filmed a couple of times.
But just as most people now seem to remember Brideshead Revisited not as a novel about religion and alcoholic disintegration, but one of idyllic summers and teddy bears, so Gatsby is remembered as something it is not. Rather than a description of futility and envy, it tends to be recalled for its aspiration and glamour.Anthony Powell thought highly of The Great Gatsby, reading it again and again. I read it for the first time a couple of years ago. It seemed a pretty bleak tale to me.
I doubt that I would prefer Leonardo di Caprio's Gatsby to Robert Redford's. I did go to see the 2008 film of Brideshead Revisited, but it fell far short of the 1981 television serial. I wouldn't even watch the 2002 television remake of Doctor Zhivago.