Monday, November 16, 2015

Classics: Book Reviews: Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

This was pretty much exactly what I thought it was going to be. The story line itself is thought provoking and interesting view on the affect that books have on us. I like Bradbury's extremism in this book and his play on firefighters, in that they now start fires instead of stopping them, and how so many people's lives revolve around their television. Overall it was fast paced and unique in a sense, however it wasn't really my cup of tea. I feel like there were a lot of things that could have been better explained and that some aspects were a little confusing. The book definitely seems to jump right into the action opposed to having a back story.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Not everybody is going to agree with me on this, but I like the movie adaption with Leonardo DiCapreo better than the book itself. The story is beautiful and tragic at the same time and I did enjoy it. The writing style itself was enjoyable and the imagery had a direction that was easy to understand but that also left much to the imagination. I felt as though Gatsby was very misunderstood and that Daisy in no way made his life easier. The whole thing with the light and the parties was tragic and a lot of what happened to him I don't believe he deserved. But in the game of love, you never know what is going to happen.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I absolutely love the movie adaption of this with Kiera Knightley; one of my all time favorite movies. The book itself is also amazing. Jane Austen has a gift in both being able to give life to her characters and make them incredibly relatable. The diversity of the characters and what they go through truly creates a story with both layers and believability. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcey are a couple that learns the truth behind the phrase 'don't judge a book by its cover'. Elizabeth truly believes Darcey to be a very prideful person whom she wouldn't marry if he was the last living thing available to her. Mr. Darcey on the other hand views Elizabeth to be very plain and lacking in regards to her physicality, and believes her family to have an air of utter ridiculousness about them. The writing style in this book is beautiful and Austen ties an amazing web of pride and prejudices to show that sometimes one truly has to now someone to understand why they are the way they are. Moving past the pride that makes one believe they are better than the other, and the fact that everyone in their own way is prideful and everyone holds prejudices against other, whether it be due to jealousy or something else entirely.

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