From the Guardian
“Baz Luhrmann will be the fourth director to try to film F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel and fail. It can’t be done . . .
Gatsby has been filmed three times before; a silent version from 1926, now lost, received mixed reviews on its release – but then so did the novel a year earlier (LP Hartley began his 1926 review, “Mr Scott Fitzgerald deserves a good shaking […] The Great Gatsby is an absurd story”). But Fitzgerald himself explained: “Of all the reviews, even the most enthusiastic, not one has the slightest idea what the book was about.”
Wish I’d known about old LP Hartley’s assessment when I was ‘doing’ GG at school – one in the eye to Mrs Loathian (Lothian).
Also from the article: The novel is full of pointedly vague characters