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I absolutely adore movie trailers. I could watch them all day long and feel very inspired. However, most of the time I find that they are far more impacting than the actual movie, which is quite disappointing.

In the book Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, he made a comment that struck me. When two of the characters kissed for the first time, it was the most passionate, exciting kiss they ever shared. However, it was not because of their great love for each other. It wasn’t even because it was the first time. It was amazing because they knew nothing about each other, and they were projecting on one another what they imagined was the perfect person. 

It was at this point that I realized watching a movie trailer is the exact same as being seduced by someone on a first date.

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It always happens. A great piece of literature is announced as the next big movie of the year. Hopes rise and expectations soar. The anticipation becomes absolutely unbearable. Then finally, the day arrives when your beloved characters spring into cinematic existence to draw you more fully into the story you know and love. Only one problem. Most of the time, it sucks.

F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite authors. The way he wrote characters astounds me with every book and short story I read of his, and The Great Gatsby is one of the best.

Setting aside any expectation or apprehension that I might have about the movie, I believe that this is the right year for this story to re-emerge. As long as the movie holds up, it has great potential to really hit home with our present day society. Here’s why.

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