A Bit About Me(Me) ~ The One Where I Admit My Downfalls

by Gwen


It is time once again, to step out from behind the book and get to know one another better.

We all have a story and a life beyond the book and thanks to Danielle from There’s A Book, we get share. She asks the questions and we get to answer.

Who is your favorite male character, in a book or on a TV show/movie? Why?

This one had me stumped. Was I supposed to pick a male character that was my personal  superhero? One that made me weak in the knees? A male that I wish my dad had been more like? The leader of my tribe if I found myself on Survivor? What does “favorite” really mean, to me?

I decided to go with a male character that I could relate to, even though, in choosing him, I would be admitting some major character defects. He just also happens to be the main character in my favorite book.

The Great Gatsby

The enigmatic, hopeless romantic, fatally optimistic, Jay Gatsby is my favorite character. While I don’t really consider my past near as shady as Gatsby’s, it was indeed colorful.

What appeals to me about Gatsby is that his goal was his love, Daisy, and no matter what was happening or what was in the way, he never lost sight of that goal. I didn’t have to fight a war, become a bootlegger or do anything illegal to get my man, but there was a lot that we had to go through that seemed insurmountable at the time. That is what I have in common with Fitzgerald’s most compelling character.

I was convinced that we were meant to be and driven, in a healthy way, to do everything that I could to remove the roadblocks that others saw as deal breakers. I continue to be the cheerleader in our relationship. Call me the Little Orphan Annie of Love; “the sun will come out tomorrow!”

Gatsby may have been very flawed and obviously didn’t realize that he was after something that didn’t really exist. I can only hope that I don’t end up learning the same thing in the end of this crazy thing we call love.

Focused. Hopeful. Romantic. Heedless. Obsessive. My fatal flaws.


It also doesn’t hurt to picture Robert Redford in the role….I know that Alan Ladd played him first, but come on, we are talking Robert Redford!


11 Comments to “A Bit About Me(Me) ~ The One Where I Admit My Downfalls”

  1. Now you’re making me reconsider my thoughts on the book and whether I should reread it. I loved it, don’t get me wrong, and Jay was a fabulous character, I just think my reading of it was tainted. I read it during that difficult time in high school when they “force” you to read books you aren’t really keen on. It killed my book love for a time. So maybe I’ll have to go back and reread it. You make him sound so incredible!

  2. Oh, my! I loved that movie, and Robert Redford…come on!

    Now why didn’t I think of that one? lol

    Okay, I chose something a little more current, and you can read about it here:


  3. Good pick!!

  4. Ooo I loved this book – but i need to watch the movie! Fantastic character choice.

  5. I started this one but never did finish it. I think I better!

  6. It is my favorite book by my favorite author, so I am a bit prejudiced, but
    yes, go read it! It is a great treatise on the era.


    Chew & Digest Books


  7. Oh now I want to know more about your story! I love The Great Gatsby, but have never seen the movie. I will go put it on Netflix right now. 🙂

  8. I have never read that book but have been told over and over again that I need to! Have you read the book “The Double Bind” by Chris Bohjalian?? It centers around the story of The Great Gatsby. So good!

  9. I haven’t read The Double Bind, but I did read his Secrets of Eden and loved it. Going to see if my library has it now:)

  10. Oh I hope you do read it!!!! I also read his Trans-Sister Radio that was really good too. Let me know if you read The Double Bind & what you think!!

  11. Excellent choice! I’m a huge fan of The Great Gatsby, and I’m pretty sure it’s in my top 10 favorite reads of all time. Gatsby himself is something to love and admire and, even when I thought he was being pigheaded (Daisy isn’t even worth his devotion!), he won me over.

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