Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Doctor's Grave and the Tragic Novelist

As mentioned in this post, I decided to write a separate piece for my opinions/thoughts on the Doctor Who S7 finale and "The Great Gatsby" (book, not movie) because I wanted to express my thoughts on both. The following section may contain spoilers!

First of all - Doctor Who. My thought process after watching it? what...Steven Moffat... what are you doing... how long have you planned this... what just happened... did River know the whole time... ahhhhhh Clara... what's with John Hurt... it goes on. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. Everything came together so well and brilliantly and, as ever, I love and hate Moffat at the same time. I loved that they brought River back and ended her storyline well. And the way they explained Clara and tied her ever popular "Run, you clever boy, and remember me!" saying into the story was incredible. I'll admit that I geeked out a bit when they showed all the other Doctors and Gallifrey. The whole thing with John Hurt as The-Doctor-but-not-really, the whole "name" conversation, is what really has me confused (you can watch the scene here). I'm very excited to see what they'll do with that storyline in the 50th anniversary. The only bad thing I have to say about the episode isn't really bad, just interesting - the TARDIS on Trenzalore had the current TARDIS interior. Does this mean that the TARDIS never changes again? Or does the Doctor get an entirely new TARDIS later for some reason? Or was it just convenient for the set designers to use a pre-existing idea and has no significance whatsoever?

As for The Great Gatsby... This was the second time I've read it - the first was in 10th grade for literature class. I hated the book then because I found all the characters despicable. They were extremely flawed to the point that I was incapable of feeling pity for any of them. This second read-through, I still felt the same way about the characters, but I could better appreciate the book for its artistic qualities. I know more about F. Scott Fitzgerald now than I did when first reading GG, so I have a better sense of where the author was when he wrote it and how he viewed the people around him. I've also read more of his writings and can see the common threads that link them all. Because of this, I no longer despise the book. I still dislike the characters, but I enjoy the writing style and elements from his own life that he used. The book's real saving grace, to me, is its length. It's long enough to tell a complete story, but short enough for me to not get completely disgusted with the characters and give up reading.

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