|Robert Redford as Gatsby–GQ Magazine cover March 13, 1974|
I was stymied for what to use for my classy quotes Wednesday today. Finally, I landed on one of the bazillions of cleverly-turned phrases in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
This particular phrase illustrates some well-placed dialogue. Yes, there are dialogue tags like “he remarked,” but sometimes I think it helps the flow.
There’s a Gatsby movie coming out, with a very tanned-looking Leonardo diCaprio playing Gats. I’m afraid it will take one mighty strong performance to replace Robert Redford in that role. Robert Redford just IS Gats to me.
Here’s the line–wonder if they’ll leave it in the movie?
Gatsby turned to me rigidly:
“I can’t say anything in his house, old sport.”
“She’s got an indiscreet voice,” I remarked. “It’s full of–” I hesitated.
“Her voice is full of money,” he said suddenly.
****I see an adverb in there! How do you feel about adverbs and dialogue tags? Do they distract or add to the flow? And do you like Fitzgerald?****