Review: The Great Gatsby: a graphic adaptation by Nicki Greenberg of the novel by F Scott Fitzgerald
While we’re all still talking about Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby, let’s have a look at another reimagining of Fitzgerald’s classic novel.
Creating any kind of adaptation is always a tricky business, but adapting a novel as intensely loved by as many people as F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby seems particularly fraught with danger. Nicki Greenberg’s graphic adaptation of Fitzgerald’s classic story demonstrates the possibility of using the specific qualities of a different medium to re-envision rather than simply recreate a text. By translating the story into a visual medium, Greenberg captures the emotional essence of the source material and offers the audience a very different reading experience.
Presented as a loving tribute to Fitzgerald’s work, Greenberg focuses her interpretation through a nostalgic and whimsical aesthetic that emphasises the visceral emotion of the text. The Great Gatsby can be interpreted in many different ways, and often it is the more cynical or critical layers that are discussed. Yet filtered through Greenberg’s perspective, it becomes primarily a story about love, yearning and loss. The sepia wash and gentle shadings of light and dark over her thin, delicate linework immediately saturate the novel with a feeling of nostalgia and romance. (more…)