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A sumptuously illustrated adaptation casts the powerful imagery of F. Scott Fitzgerald's great American novel in a vivid new format. From the green light across the bay to the billboard with spectacled eyes, F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 American masterpiece roars to life in Katharine Woodman-Maynard's exquisite graphic novel--among the first adaptations of the book in this g A sumptuously illustrated adaptation casts the powerful imagery of F. Scott Fitzgerald's great American novel in a vivid new format. From the green light across the bay to the billboard with spectacled eyes, F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 American masterpiece roars to life in Katharine Woodman-Maynard's exquisite graphic novel--among the first adaptations of the book in this genre. Painted in lush watercolors, the inventive interpretation emphasizes both the extravagance and mystery of the characters, as well as the fluidity of Nick Carraway's unreliable narration. Excerpts from the original text wend through the illustrations, and imagery and metaphors are taken to literal, and often whimsical, extremes, such as when a beautiful partygoer blooms into an orchid and Daisy Buchanan pushes Gatsby across the sky on a cloud. This faithful yet modern adaptation will appeal to fans with deep knowledge of the classic, while the graphic novel format makes it an ideal teaching tool to engage students. With its timeless critique of class, power, and obsession, The Great Gatsby Graphic Novel captures the energy of an era and the enduring resonance of one of the world's most beloved books.


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A sumptuously illustrated adaptation casts the powerful imagery of F. Scott Fitzgerald's great American novel in a vivid new format. From the green light across the bay to the billboard with spectacled eyes, F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 American masterpiece roars to life in Katharine Woodman-Maynard's exquisite graphic novel--among the first adaptations of the book in this g A sumptuously illustrated adaptation casts the powerful imagery of F. Scott Fitzgerald's great American novel in a vivid new format. From the green light across the bay to the billboard with spectacled eyes, F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 American masterpiece roars to life in Katharine Woodman-Maynard's exquisite graphic novel--among the first adaptations of the book in this genre. Painted in lush watercolors, the inventive interpretation emphasizes both the extravagance and mystery of the characters, as well as the fluidity of Nick Carraway's unreliable narration. Excerpts from the original text wend through the illustrations, and imagery and metaphors are taken to literal, and often whimsical, extremes, such as when a beautiful partygoer blooms into an orchid and Daisy Buchanan pushes Gatsby across the sky on a cloud. This faithful yet modern adaptation will appeal to fans with deep knowledge of the classic, while the graphic novel format makes it an ideal teaching tool to engage students. With its timeless critique of class, power, and obsession, The Great Gatsby Graphic Novel captures the energy of an era and the enduring resonance of one of the world's most beloved books.

30 review for The Great Gatsby: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    This is a beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Great Gatsby that does justice to its source material and is a worthy companion. K. Woodman-Maynard's illustrations are exquisite, with a dreamy quality that evokes the elegance of the era and of Fitzgerald's rich setting. I especially liked how she reinforced the personalities of Daisy and Tom with the shape of their speech balloons. Daisy's are cloud-like, with wisps that wind and curl; in a part where she's drunk, the balloons are a little m This is a beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Great Gatsby that does justice to its source material and is a worthy companion. K. Woodman-Maynard's illustrations are exquisite, with a dreamy quality that evokes the elegance of the era and of Fitzgerald's rich setting. I especially liked how she reinforced the personalities of Daisy and Tom with the shape of their speech balloons. Daisy's are cloud-like, with wisps that wind and curl; in a part where she's drunk, the balloons are a little messier. By contrast, the speech bubbles of her domineering husband, Tom, are box-shaped, with sharp points. Dialogue is neatly printed and clear; there's never any mistaking who's talking. Woodman-Maynard printed the actual text in creative ways, such as along a driveway or vertically along drapes. Readers should take time to read the author's note at the end. Here, Woodman-Maynard talks of her impressive research, which ranged from studying cars to the fashion of the era. With this said, she didn't aim for exact verisimilitude; her illustrations pull from other eras and her own imagination. There's a careful continuity throughout, however, and had she not explained such creative liberties, I wouldn't have known. She also makes clear that this isn’t a literal interpretation of the novel. She speaks glowingly of The Great Gatsby, encouraging any readers who haven’t read the source material to do so. As much as the graphic-novel format works for this story, it did limit her and she was unable to highlight all of The Great Gatsby’s themes. As she says,My goal was to capture the mood of The Great Gatsby, and so there are a few areas where I took more artistic license than others. For example, I reordered certain scenes so that they better suit the pacing of the graphic novel . . . Maynard-Woodman also purposely omitted Nick’s anti-Semitic view of Meyer Wolfshiem:Nick’s depiction of Meyer Wolfshiem is especially difficult. Although both Wolfshiem and Gatsby engage in illegal activity and are essentially gangsters, Gatsby is described as a mythic and beautiful character while the depiction of Wolfshiem is an anti-Semitic caricature of a Jewish mobster.Maynard-Woodman resolved this challenge by illustrating Wolfshiem in such a way that his intimidating and mysterious personality remains intact; that he is Jewish isn’t emphasized. Some readers may object to the changes Woodman-Maynard made, but she achieved what I believe she set out to do: create a loving homage to a favorite novel. I could continue to praise this graphic novel, but I'll stop with some personal high praise: I’m not a fan of the source material, yet I, someone who very rarely rereads anything--and never anything I disliked--was intrigued enough by Woodman-Maynard’s creation that I’d take a second look at The Great Gatsby. NOTE: I received this as an advance reader copy from LibraryThing in September 2020. As always with ARCs, this didn't affect my rating and review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Olivia (Stories For Coffee)

    This is a really beautiful adaptation of The Great Gatsby; the seamless blend of the art and text was something I've never seen in a graphic novel, to the point where the text felt as if it had movement and was flowing along with the story. While the art was beautiful and vibrant, it seemed to directly mirror certain shots in the 2013 film adaptation, which left me a bit confused as to why it looked exactly like the movie when this adaptation could have made its own spin on the tale. Putting the This is a really beautiful adaptation of The Great Gatsby; the seamless blend of the art and text was something I've never seen in a graphic novel, to the point where the text felt as if it had movement and was flowing along with the story. While the art was beautiful and vibrant, it seemed to directly mirror certain shots in the 2013 film adaptation, which left me a bit confused as to why it looked exactly like the movie when this adaptation could have made its own spin on the tale. Putting the art aside, this book was incredibly fast-paced and sometimes threw me off, and I've read The Great Gatsby more times than I can count. Scenes jumped from one to the next and it rushed the already quick classic to the point where it felt like a race against time. I'm not sure what readers would think of this novel if they haven't read the classic before, but I think it would leave them with a lack of connection to these horrid characters that the original text captured so well

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I do not like the original novel. I did not like The Great Gatsby: The Graphic Novel, the other adaptation I read a few months ago. So of course I read this newest adaptation when it came into my library, because I hate myself that much. This one is a bit laughable with the artist adapting Fitzgerald's metaphors into actual illustrations: look at Daisy and Jordan float, look at the orchid that is also an actress. The green light looks like the Emerald City of Oz sitting on the horizon. Also, she I do not like the original novel. I did not like The Great Gatsby: The Graphic Novel, the other adaptation I read a few months ago. So of course I read this newest adaptation when it came into my library, because I hate myself that much. This one is a bit laughable with the artist adapting Fitzgerald's metaphors into actual illustrations: look at Daisy and Jordan float, look at the orchid that is also an actress. The green light looks like the Emerald City of Oz sitting on the horizon. Also, she decided to excise the antisemitic depiction of Meyer Wolfsheim (whom she calls Meyer "Wolfshiem," which I cannot tell is part of removing his Jewish roots or a simple typo), while leaving in all of Tom Buchanan's white supremacist diatribes -- because it's okay to offend Black people but not Jewish people? Huh? Anyway, the original novel is now in the public domain so I suppose I'll be hate reading a few more of these before too long.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gerardine Betancourt

    I love this surreal interpretation of The Great Gatsby. It is an easy way to introduce us to this wonderful novel. It is not an exact representation of the novel but K. Woodman Maynard knew how to perfectly capture each of the characters in a beautiful way. 4.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 Thanks to netgalley and Candlewick Press for this Arc copy in exchange for a honest review

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Fryman

    I MUCH prefer the original, but can see how some might enjoy this graphic novel version, especially those that find the original text too daunting. **Note: I received an advanced copy for review from the publisher via Netgalley.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Every time I teach juniors, I always make sure to sign up for "The Great Gatsby," but it's not always the most accessible text for all students. The kids who can read it usually enjoy it greatly; those that struggle to read it, hate it greatly. Our department provides graphic novels as options for those kids to get the classics in a more digestible way. Graphic novel adaptations of the classics can be hit or miss, as most teachers can attest. But Woodman-Maynard's adaptation of "Gatsby" has a lo Every time I teach juniors, I always make sure to sign up for "The Great Gatsby," but it's not always the most accessible text for all students. The kids who can read it usually enjoy it greatly; those that struggle to read it, hate it greatly. Our department provides graphic novels as options for those kids to get the classics in a more digestible way. Graphic novel adaptations of the classics can be hit or miss, as most teachers can attest. But Woodman-Maynard's adaptation of "Gatsby" has a lot to offer the classroom teacher. The author sticks to the original text for the most part, obviously cutting some parts of the novel out. What has been added doesn't stray too far from the story. There were a few minor rearrangements of events, but nothing that took away from the author's (probable) original intent too much. The only issue I had was the omission of the description of T.J. Eckleburg, which is crucial for some of the main themes. The artistic portrayal of the billboard wouldn't make the themes and connections apparent to lower-level readers either. The author does mention that there were some themes that weren't as evident in the adaptation for the sake of the format, but this arguably could have added one more page (or even a small little panel or two when it first pops up). I will say that other than this, I couldn't find anything else that was cut that would have made it more difficult to teach this the way I teach the original novel. I was expecting some of the less "famous" quotes to be missing, but I was happily surprised. I enjoyed the watercolor artwork of this text, even though I wasn't completely mad about the character illustrations. The splash pages were especially noteworthy, and I think even if I don't adopt the whole novel for classroom instruction, I'll certainly buy it to use some of the full page illustrations for some scenes. There's also a few scenes that portray the self-confessed struggle Woodman-Maynard had in depicting the events of the original from the perspective of the unreliable narrator, Nick. I think those would be great discussion starters when teaching the original as well.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mariela

    Hate the original. This was better because I really liked the artwork, but geez all of these people are just horrible.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Madara

    I love The Great Gatsby. I mean - it's been 7 years since I've read the book but I remember really enjoying it. This graphic novel adaptation was a bit off for me. The art is beautiful, I love the watercolor feel but the placement (and font) of the text was a bit off. Some of the quotes just seemed out of place or didn't make sense, I had to reread some of the pages a couple times to understand the context. Overall - it's pretty but I wouldn't keep it on my shelf... Review copy provided by the pub I love The Great Gatsby. I mean - it's been 7 years since I've read the book but I remember really enjoying it. This graphic novel adaptation was a bit off for me. The art is beautiful, I love the watercolor feel but the placement (and font) of the text was a bit off. Some of the quotes just seemed out of place or didn't make sense, I had to reread some of the pages a couple times to understand the context. Overall - it's pretty but I wouldn't keep it on my shelf... Review copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Oh look, new day, new Gatsby adaptation for me to read and gush over. Though this obviously doesn't come close to the original (and I did prefer the other graphic novel), I definitely enjoyed this. It's Gatsby, how could I not? I will say that the author took more liberties than others have done (some, like removing the gross anti-Semitism, work, while others dip into the absurd - but the author's note explained the reasons and it did do its job of depicting Gatsby's fantasy-esque, dream-like wor Oh look, new day, new Gatsby adaptation for me to read and gush over. Though this obviously doesn't come close to the original (and I did prefer the other graphic novel), I definitely enjoyed this. It's Gatsby, how could I not? I will say that the author took more liberties than others have done (some, like removing the gross anti-Semitism, work, while others dip into the absurd - but the author's note explained the reasons and it did do its job of depicting Gatsby's fantasy-esque, dream-like world he created). The colors, the way the text inches along in the clouds or up the walls of Gatsby's mansion, I was right there the entire time.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nay Keppler

    Loved the way the illustrator weaved the text throughout the story, but the source material is still too boring to save.

  11. 5 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars The Great Gatsby adapted by K. Woodman-Maynard is a great way to make The Great Gatsby more accessible in a graphic novel format. I enjoyed the slight changes the author makes to the source material, and the art style makes elements such as mood and symbolism much easier to understand. However, I also felt as though the story is rushed, and the art also makes the text difficult to read at times. Despite this, I still appreciated what the book accomplishes Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars The Great Gatsby adapted by K. Woodman-Maynard is a great way to make The Great Gatsby more accessible in a graphic novel format. I enjoyed the slight changes the author makes to the source material, and the art style makes elements such as mood and symbolism much easier to understand. However, I also felt as though the story is rushed, and the art also makes the text difficult to read at times. Despite this, I still appreciated what the book accomplishes in terms of making The Great Gatsby easier to digest. This book is a graphic novel adaptation of The Great Gatsby that makes the classic story more appealing for a modern audience. I always love to see classics being made more accessible, and the visual form of this book does a great job of this. This is an adaptation, so of course it is not identical to the source material, but I found it mostly faithful, and I liked the changes that the author did make. However, I also found the story a bit rushed, and the events happen so quickly that there is not much time to process them. The original novel is also quite short, which may have influenced this, but this makes the story hard to follow, and I’m not sure I would recommend this one for those who are unfamiliar with the original story. ❀ GORGEOUS ART The art style of this graphic novel is gorgeous, and I loved the use of watercolours. This style feels light, and it makes all the literary elements of the novel much clearer. I particularly enjoyed the way the colours reflect the mood of each scene and how the shapes of the text bubbles match each of the characters’ personalities. I also appreciated the use of quotes from the original that stand out. ❀ MUTED COLOURS That being said, I also think the art style can be considered a weakness. The placement of the quotes, while visually appealing, can be difficult to read because of their intricate shapes. These more eloquent quotes also contrast with the short, simple sentences in the dialogue, which breaks the flow of the story. I am also unsure if the use of watercolours really do Gatsby’s lavish parties justice, as the colours in this book are more muted. ❀ CONFUSING TO READ I appreciate the efforts of the graphic novel, The Great Gatsby by K. Woodman-Maynard, to make the original story more accessible to today’s audience. This adaptation follows the source material closely, and I enjoyed the moments where the author strayed from it. However, I am still unsure how I feel about this book as a whole. I enjoyed the art style’s ability to make literary elements more obvious, but at times, the story can be difficult to read and confusing. I would recommend this one to those who already know and love The Great Gatsby, as an addition to their collection.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    Like many Americans, I first ready The Great Gatsby in high school. However, unlike most of my classmates it became one of my favorite novels. And now that the novel is in the public domain I am looking forward to some creative retellings. To that end, Graphic Novelist, K. Woodman-Maynard has presented a beautiful and faithful adaptation of the original work. The story was perfectly pared down to suit the medium, all while keeping much of the metaphors and imagery intact. One of the most noticea Like many Americans, I first ready The Great Gatsby in high school. However, unlike most of my classmates it became one of my favorite novels. And now that the novel is in the public domain I am looking forward to some creative retellings. To that end, Graphic Novelist, K. Woodman-Maynard has presented a beautiful and faithful adaptation of the original work. The story was perfectly pared down to suit the medium, all while keeping much of the metaphors and imagery intact. One of the most noticeable changes was taking out the anti-Semitic and racist scenes and descriptions. In the afterward Woodman-Maynard discusses her reasoning behind removing them. These parts of the novel are important for discussion, but are not important to the plot and so there absence doesn't take away from the story. Aside from the story, the most amazing part of this adaptation was the art. The characters look like they stepped out of an advertisement from the 1920s. The color pallet, the lines and the movement of the characters complimented their personalities and role in the story. And the paneling and text placement were well thought out and just added to the feel of the book. This book would be a great addition when reading The Great Gatsby for school, it helps the reader visualize the metaphors in a way that helps understanding without taking the place of the original text. Honestly I loved everything about this adaptation - which is a rare thing for me. Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Although my life is nothing like that depicted in F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, frequently taught in high school English classes, I have always loved this book. Perhaps I was fortunate to read it on my own and not as part of the ELA curriculum many years ago. Because of my fondness for the original book, I approached this graphic novel adaptation with more than a little trepidation. "Do we really need a graphic version of Gatsby?" I asked myself. "How could anyone do justice to all the th Although my life is nothing like that depicted in F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, frequently taught in high school English classes, I have always loved this book. Perhaps I was fortunate to read it on my own and not as part of the ELA curriculum many years ago. Because of my fondness for the original book, I approached this graphic novel adaptation with more than a little trepidation. "Do we really need a graphic version of Gatsby?" I asked myself. "How could anyone do justice to all the themes and scenes and descriptions of that book?" Well, as it turns out, es, we did, and yes, this story works in this format since the artist captures the era in which Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan lived quite well, and this book only added to my appreciation for the original work. There is no way that all of the themes explored in the novel could fit into this version, but the artist chose scenes as well as colors wisely, and with the word balloons that contained the book's dialogue, managed to depict the characters perfectly. For instance, Daisy's words are contained in wispy, feathery balloons, and she's every bit as dreamy and frothy and oh, so desirable as she was depicted in the original story. She and Jordan Baker float above a couch in one scene, and the mansions of East Egg and West Egg are surreal, almost like wedding cakes come to life. One of my favorite scenes concerns Gatsby's wonderous library, and another favorite--a double-page spread on p. 225--contains my favorite quote from the book, summing up how individuals like Tom and Daisy Buchanan live their lives, leaving wreckage behind them for others to clean up: "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy. They smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money. Or their vast carelessness. Or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they made..." (p. 225). The illustration, partially covering two pages, shows Tom and Daisy blithely tripping into the future as they climb over that wreckage with not a care in the world. As with the original book, it is hard to know what to make of Nick and his trustworthiness about everything he sees, a point the illustrator mentions in the back matter. I'm still undecided about him since there are so many moments in which he contradicts himself, but I am enthusiastic about this graphic version of the book, which has captured the sights, sounds, and feel of the 1920s with so much hedonism and disregard for anyone else's needs. Gatsby's obsession with Daisy, his own path to success, and his single-minded pursuit of the woman he lost are riddled with so many cracks as well as self-delusion that it still breaks my heart to watch this tragedy with all its twists, turns, lies, and omissions, unfold. High school English teachers would do well to use this adaptation in support of the original book even though much, including several powerful descriptions, have been omitted.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    I love The Great Gatsby. For my money it’s one of the few classics that really lives up to its designation, through the timeless themes of the class distinctions, unmet romantic expectations and the failure of the American dream and the sheer beauty of the language. The story has been adapted in many different formats over the years, graphically and cinematically, to different degrees of success and this graphic adaptation is definitely on the higher end of that spectrum. The watercolor drawing I love The Great Gatsby. For my money it’s one of the few classics that really lives up to its designation, through the timeless themes of the class distinctions, unmet romantic expectations and the failure of the American dream and the sheer beauty of the language. The story has been adapted in many different formats over the years, graphically and cinematically, to different degrees of success and this graphic adaptation is definitely on the higher end of that spectrum. The watercolor drawings, the forgoing of the traditional panel structure, the clever use of space and gravity and equally clever allocation of text amid the scenery and tailored to it added up to a lovely sum total that manages to convey the very soul of the novel and to do so astoundingly in just 60 minutes of reading time. Granted, Gatsby isn’t a huge book, but you got to appreciate that level of conciseness. It wasn’t exactly my favorite sort of art personally, but it worked really well here, the author made a number of interesting and smart choices that really paid off, utilizing the very best aspects of the book, right down to that legendary ending. On a side note, having recently read Farris’ Nick, almost managed to forget what a sh*te Nick actually is in the original. A spineless milquetoast of an observer who professes his nonjudgemental values and then proceeds to judge the living daylights out of everyone around him, especially Gatsby himself. Makes Nick a very different version of the traditional unreliable narrator. Which is to say he tells the truth, but colors it very heavily with his own perspective. But at any rate, Gatsby still shines and the careless people are still every so brutally caress. Anyway…this was lovely. A very enjoyable revisit for a beloved book. Maybe it’ll manage to bring new readership to the story. If you ever wanted to read a book, but were put off by the lack of pictures or amount of words, here’s your chance. If you already love the book, you’ll enjoy this on an entirely different level. Recommended. This and more at https://advancetheplot.weebly.com/

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tanya Ball

    Thanks so much to Library Thing, Candlewick Press, and K. Woodman-Maynard for an advanced copy of this graphic novel! I loved it! I was worried that it would lose so much as I have seen happen with other book to GN adaptation. I would definitely recommend reading the original novel before the graphic novel so that you can fully enjoy the gorgeous language and other nuances. However, K. Woodman-Freeman has done a wonderful job in keeping the important as well as subtle points of the story so that Thanks so much to Library Thing, Candlewick Press, and K. Woodman-Maynard for an advanced copy of this graphic novel! I loved it! I was worried that it would lose so much as I have seen happen with other book to GN adaptation. I would definitely recommend reading the original novel before the graphic novel so that you can fully enjoy the gorgeous language and other nuances. However, K. Woodman-Freeman has done a wonderful job in keeping the important as well as subtle points of the story so that anyone can grasp it, first time or no. The art is GORGEOUS!! Woodman-Freeman has especially nailed what I always pictured Daisy to be. I loved seeing her interpretations of first meetings, of Eckleberg, of everything. My copy is in black and white, but Candlewick Press was gracious enough to include a pamphlet containing a few pages of the finished artwork. It is STUNNING!! The colors and style are PERFECT for the time and setting of the novel, and I am very tempted to pick up a copy when it comes out!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Isabel Hinen

    I really liked this adaptation of one of my favorite books! It was a little confusing at times, so you would definitely have to know the original novel fairly well before reading this. The art was decent but I was hoping for more facial expression; there wasn't much detail in the artwork. However, for whatever reason, this depiction of Fitzgerald's novel gave me a new perspective to the story- a more negative opinion of Daisy and Gatsby. When I read the original novel, I was overwhelmed with con I really liked this adaptation of one of my favorite books! It was a little confusing at times, so you would definitely have to know the original novel fairly well before reading this. The art was decent but I was hoping for more facial expression; there wasn't much detail in the artwork. However, for whatever reason, this depiction of Fitzgerald's novel gave me a new perspective to the story- a more negative opinion of Daisy and Gatsby. When I read the original novel, I was overwhelmed with contempt for Tom (let's face it, he deserves all the hate); however, in this graphic novel my negative opinion extended to cover Daisy's selfishness and Gatsby's naivety and dishonesty. The story is a tragedy from cover to cover, and I don't think the graphic adaptation quite captured that, but nevertheless it was a nice synopsis. Why is The Great Gatsby my favorite book? I have no idea.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    2.5 ish Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free digital copy of this book for exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. This graphic novel really just missed the mark for me. I read the original novel in January, so the novel and story line were still fresh in my mind, and reading this I found some inconsistencies. The art was very beautiful and well done. The illustrations' tone and colours did fit the tone of the graphic novel. The graphic novel as a who 2.5 ish Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free digital copy of this book for exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. This graphic novel really just missed the mark for me. I read the original novel in January, so the novel and story line were still fresh in my mind, and reading this I found some inconsistencies. The art was very beautiful and well done. The illustrations' tone and colours did fit the tone of the graphic novel. The graphic novel as a whole just fell flat and felt kind of disingenuous. It felt like a very superficial and basic telling of the story. A lot of the important parts were left out and there was not as much emotion that is in the book. There isn't really much to say other than just meh

  18. 5 out of 5

    ℳacarena

    K. Woodman-Maynard's graphic adaptation of The Great Gatsby captures the essence of F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece. The art reinforces some of the most notorious aspects of the story, the characters are nicely depicted and the adaptation of the original story is well summarised. It's been 8 years since I read The Great Gatsby, so when I saw this graphic novel adaptation I was quite curious to see how it was, and I'm glad I requested it. Thanks to Candlewick Press and NetGalley for providing me K. Woodman-Maynard's graphic adaptation of The Great Gatsby captures the essence of F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece. The art reinforces some of the most notorious aspects of the story, the characters are nicely depicted and the adaptation of the original story is well summarised. It's been 8 years since I read The Great Gatsby, so when I saw this graphic novel adaptation I was quite curious to see how it was, and I'm glad I requested it. Thanks to Candlewick Press and NetGalley for providing me with this e-arc in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    ~4.3~ I knowwwww, TWO graphic novels today. Who am I? I saw this at Barnes and Noble and had to get it. As many of you may know, I just finished the book, The Great Gatsby and liked it a lot. When Lizzie pointed this out to me, I jumped for joy. The watercolor design is amazing! It was hard to stay focused on what I was reading because the art was so beautiful. I thought that it did a good job capturing the story. There were times where I was confused about what I was reading, based on where the ~4.3~ I knowwwww, TWO graphic novels today. Who am I? I saw this at Barnes and Noble and had to get it. As many of you may know, I just finished the book, The Great Gatsby and liked it a lot. When Lizzie pointed this out to me, I jumped for joy. The watercolor design is amazing! It was hard to stay focused on what I was reading because the art was so beautiful. I thought that it did a good job capturing the story. There were times where I was confused about what I was reading, based on where the words were on the page, but other than that, it was wonderful! : )

  20. 5 out of 5

    Piepie

    I wasn't a fan of the original F. Scott Fitzgerald classic when I first read it, but thought I would read a graphic novel version of it when the book was chosen for book club last month. While my heart still went out for all the broken people in this book, it still didn't make me like the classic story any better. I did like the graphic novel format; the art was fun and revealing and the story read quickly. I wasn't a fan of the original F. Scott Fitzgerald classic when I first read it, but thought I would read a graphic novel version of it when the book was chosen for book club last month. While my heart still went out for all the broken people in this book, it still didn't make me like the classic story any better. I did like the graphic novel format; the art was fun and revealing and the story read quickly.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Faithful retelling of Gatsby. I liked the surreal elements, but I thought the pastel color palette made this seem too sentimental.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Gorgeous illustrations and color, but too choppy to capture the beauty of the entire novel. Maybe a nice supplement or maybe an introduction to readers before they read the original.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie Hutchings

    We love a good graphic novel adaption of The Great Gatsby. I loved the watercolor art - it was absolutely stunning, and I thought this adaption carried out the spirit of the book. Have a wonderful evening 😎.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    I read "The Great Gatsby" for the first time in 2020, for a university class. I absolutely loved it and was delighted when a friend gifted me this graphic novel! I read this in 2 days probably like in one hour total maybe 2 at most. It was so beautifully written. All the main components of the novel were shown and the pictures were gorgeous! I do wish there was more color than just the front and back inside cover BUT regardless of that this graphic novel was amazing! I read "The Great Gatsby" for the first time in 2020, for a university class. I absolutely loved it and was delighted when a friend gifted me this graphic novel! I read this in 2 days probably like in one hour total maybe 2 at most. It was so beautifully written. All the main components of the novel were shown and the pictures were gorgeous! I do wish there was more color than just the front and back inside cover BUT regardless of that this graphic novel was amazing!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Herdis Marie

    This was a perfectly decent graphic novel adaptation. The artwork is its best feature. I particularly enjoyed Woodman-Maynard's use of colouring to emphasise both lighting and mood. She also occasionally weaves descriptive passages into the artwork itself (as shown above) - I found this to be both interesting and aesthetically pleasing, however, in terms of readability, this technique can sometimes be a bit confusing for the eye. Different characters are also given different types of speech bubbles This was a perfectly decent graphic novel adaptation. The artwork is its best feature. I particularly enjoyed Woodman-Maynard's use of colouring to emphasise both lighting and mood. She also occasionally weaves descriptive passages into the artwork itself (as shown above) - I found this to be both interesting and aesthetically pleasing, however, in terms of readability, this technique can sometimes be a bit confusing for the eye. Different characters are also given different types of speech bubbles. Tom Buchanan, strict and unyielding, is given severe, square speech bubbles, whereas his wife, the indecisive, flowing, childlike Daisy has speech bubbles that swirl and undulate. This is an effective and creative way of underlining certain character traits. I would have liked to give this higher marks, but sadly I found that the story suffered a bit in this adaptation. Things simply progress far too quickly, and the simmering, haunting mood of the original is largely lost here. Nick, with whom it is important to become acquainted to understand his point of view, is shoved into the background, in spite of his position as narrator. Gatsby, too, is quite simply afforded too little space, and thus he ends up seeming a bit silly. I don't think "The Great Gatsby" is an easy book to adapt to a graphic medium, quite simply because Fitzgerald's prose is so much the driving force of the book. The more of it you lose, the less impact the story has. Woodman-Maynard attempts to convey some of this through her artwork, but her art ends up being a tad too ... subjective, and thus the story loses some of its fluidity. If you're a fan of Fitzgerald, it's probably still going to be interesting for you to read this (like it was for me). Honestly, this adaptation is worth the read for the use of colour alone.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alex Almeida

    This is my first time writing a review for a graphic novel, so it should be known that my rating is for the presentation and artwork rather than the original source material of The Great Gatsby. The watercolors in this are absolutely beautiful. I've noticed that multiple graphic novels of The Great Gatsby are starting to be published, and I'm hoping that eventually, one will use the vibrant and extravagant artwork and colors that match with the facade Jay Gatsby puts on for everyone. This is not This is my first time writing a review for a graphic novel, so it should be known that my rating is for the presentation and artwork rather than the original source material of The Great Gatsby. The watercolors in this are absolutely beautiful. I've noticed that multiple graphic novels of The Great Gatsby are starting to be published, and I'm hoping that eventually, one will use the vibrant and extravagant artwork and colors that match with the facade Jay Gatsby puts on for everyone. This is not that novel, but I appreciated the colors and style all the same. Important quotes are presented in a unique way that helps them stand out on certain pages. Some of the symbolism and overall themes are presented in a way that could make them more accessible to struggling readers. I think some worthy analysis could be done of the color choices for the artwork in this text and how that matches the mood of certain scenes, as well. Chapter 7 with the scene of Tom finding out that Myrtle is going West was done well; it chooses quotes that I think would help students focus on the significance of that scene without getting caught up in all of the language, which some students often find difficult. I also felt that Chapter 9 with the flashback of Gatsby and Daisy was particularly beautiful, and possibly one of my favorite scenes in this version of the text. I think it's worth saying that this definitely isn't a replacement for the novel in a classroom setting. However, I do feel this would be a great supplemental text to have students compare to the original as well as other graphic novels of Gatsby. Truthfully, the author's note is what is most worth teaching. It is mentioned that Meyer Wolfshiem's depiction was changed to avoid the anti-Semitic caricature he is originally described as in the novel. This would be an easy way to help teachers discuss the problems of Fitzgerald's work. The author also explains their inspiration and reasoning for all of the artistic choices made, which could be valuable in showing young readers the choices that go into creating a novel or any work of art. Overall, if you still teach The Great Gatsby, I recommend checking out this version.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    So I liked it and I disliked it all in the same breath and I'm okay with that. The mood was captured wholeheartedly which is a major positive for the storytelling but one of those elements wasn't as powerful and I don't know if it was it's placement or disconnection to the text itself but the additional narrative that was "written" on walls, doorways, floors to give readers a taste of the original fell flat. But it worked the intention. I don't know if it needed to be more apparent, more integra So I liked it and I disliked it all in the same breath and I'm okay with that. The mood was captured wholeheartedly which is a major positive for the storytelling but one of those elements wasn't as powerful and I don't know if it was it's placement or disconnection to the text itself but the additional narrative that was "written" on walls, doorways, floors to give readers a taste of the original fell flat. But it worked the intention. I don't know if it needed to be more apparent, more integrated with what was happening on the page, or just acknowledged differently. Yet, when it the ARC was finished, readers are right back understanding Fitzgerald's motivations for writing a story about illusions and introducing us to these flawed characters making huge mistakes but not seeming to learn from any of them. It's a sad sort of book and the illustrations do capture that well. I'll totally have a few copies in our HS library for sure, but it's not a super-love, hug it to my chest kind.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica C Writes

    It's hard for me to properly write a review for this book. First off, it's my first graphic novel, so I do not have much to compare it to. I enjoyed the art style, and I think the color palette perfectly captured the atmosphere and mood of the original text. The metaphorical interpretations of some scenes were certainly fascinating, and it was a joy to watch the book come to life on the page. However, I do not think the flow of the story worked very well. There were a couple of instances where th It's hard for me to properly write a review for this book. First off, it's my first graphic novel, so I do not have much to compare it to. I enjoyed the art style, and I think the color palette perfectly captured the atmosphere and mood of the original text. The metaphorical interpretations of some scenes were certainly fascinating, and it was a joy to watch the book come to life on the page. However, I do not think the flow of the story worked very well. There were a couple of instances where the scene changed so abruptly, that I was getting lost (despite having read the book by Fitzgerald twice & seen the movie at least three times). I think the book needed at least another 10 or so pages to fill in some of those gaps, especially for those who are picking up the graphic novel without having ever read the original work. Overall, I think this first experience with graphic novels was an enjoyable one, and I will definitely be on the lookout for more works by this author!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'The Great Gatsby: A Graphic Novel Adaptation' by F. Scott Fitzgerald with illustrations and adaptation by K. Woodman-Maynard is the second recent adaptation I've read of this famous novel. Nick Carraway is the narrator to this slowly unfolding tragedy. From the enigmatic Jay Gatsby to the troubled marriage of Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Unfolding against a cacophonous background of early automobiles and free-flowing booze. I liked this adaptation a bit better, even though it's a looser adaptation. Th 'The Great Gatsby: A Graphic Novel Adaptation' by F. Scott Fitzgerald with illustrations and adaptation by K. Woodman-Maynard is the second recent adaptation I've read of this famous novel. Nick Carraway is the narrator to this slowly unfolding tragedy. From the enigmatic Jay Gatsby to the troubled marriage of Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Unfolding against a cacophonous background of early automobiles and free-flowing booze. I liked this adaptation a bit better, even though it's a looser adaptation. The story flows rather well. I was less enamored of the art. It had a kind of unfinished quality to it. Hopefully that was just because I was reading a review copy. I did like the artist's choice to incorporate narrative in to the flowing art. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Candlewick Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dan Allbery

    K. Woodman's adaptation is STUNNING! The watercolor pictures are masterpieces and her use of color is intentional and mood-altering. Shockingly, I have never read The Great Gatsby before, not sure how I dodged this book in high school. However, leafing through the pages at a local bookstore made me pick it up. Since I lacked the background knowledge, I would say I was having to fill in many details that caused me to leap from scene-to-scene. A common fallout of text-to-graphic adaptation. With t K. Woodman's adaptation is STUNNING! The watercolor pictures are masterpieces and her use of color is intentional and mood-altering. Shockingly, I have never read The Great Gatsby before, not sure how I dodged this book in high school. However, leafing through the pages at a local bookstore made me pick it up. Since I lacked the background knowledge, I would say I was having to fill in many details that caused me to leap from scene-to-scene. A common fallout of text-to-graphic adaptation. With that, those who have read F. Scott Fitzgerald's original novel may not experience the gaps that I did. Woodman actually acknowledges this in her author's note. "If this is your first encounter with The Great Gatsby, I encourage you to read Fitzgerald's masterpiece. Limitations of the graphic form prevented me from highlighting all of the themes that appear in Fitzgerald's work." So it makes for a better companion piece as opposed to a stand-alone. Recommended for GR 8 and up (*if you've previously read the novel).

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