My fangirl binges lead me to some interesting movies. During my initial love affair with Jeremy Irons I came across Last Call: The Final Chapter of F. Scott Fitzgerald. I confess my initial curiosity for Fitzgerald began here. Seriously why are there not audiobooks where Irons reads Fitzgerald’s books and/or short stories? Those voice-overs alone are enough enticement that I would listen to them! I did sample some of the prose from his novels through library books, but the only thing I digested in full was “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” that was actually on my e-reader and that’s why I decided to read it. I didn’t realize that Fitzgerald had written it or that it was just a short story. I never saw the movie, but I’ve heard mixed reviews about it. I confess that I liked that story.
My latest film addiction is Midnight in Paris. It reignited my desire to really delve into the man’s writings. Flappers and Philosophers was a file that I had added to my e-reader some time ago. So I spent the better part of the past week reading through it. I was surprised to discover that I had read a Fitzgerald short story back in school and that was the one titled “Bernice Bobs Her Hair”. The only classic author whose short stories I remember reading in school would be Mark Twain and that was because I was a big Mark Twain fan growing up. There were elements in Fitzgerald’s short fiction that I liked, but ultimately I feel that I would enjoy his novels more since there could be heavier doses of that prose style that captivates me so.
Perhaps I can read through his books and see if there’s one that captures my heart. I also have This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, and Tales of the Jazz Age downloaded for my e-reader. I know that my local library branch has Tender is the Night and The Last Tycoon in their stacks so there’s a few more that I could read when the mood struck me.