‘Z’ TV Series- I hate hating F. Scott Fitzgerald

13 Feb

Poster via Amazon

Poster via Amazon

Normally, the targeted ads I see online are random things I Googled once and I can ignore them. But from time to time, they’re something I’m head-over-heels excited about and this is one of those times. Amazon did a 10-episode series about Zelda Fitzgerald based on Therese Anne Fowler’s novel Z which I read last year. I was super excited and got to watching it right away.

Things I Thought Were Awesome

Zelda. Wow, Christina Ricci was amazing in this series. Her accent, her dress, her reactions, it was all great. I could see Zelda in Montgomery and she was a rebel when she wanted to be and a southern lady when she wanted to be. And then in New York, she was almost the same. She was an icon when she wanted to be and a wife when she wanted to be. Her character is very adaptable but at the same time, has a strong personality and sense of who she is. I loved it.

Montgomery. I’ve considered going to Montgomery now that I’ve seen this. It could be a great winter-time vacation when I’m sick of the snow. It was beautiful and it gave off a great feeling of home that helps me understand why Zelda wants to go back.

The Flapper look. The look Zelda creates developed slowly through the show and I thought it was wonderful. She has all of her frills and lace that she loves so much but doesn’t fit in with New York women. When she tries to blend in with their clothes, she realizes it isn’t for her and the way she finds her own median is wonderful. The show does a great job of showing her settle into her own style.

Changes That Didn’t Really Bother Me

Visiting Princeton. I don’t remember this from the book but I could be wrong. It gave a really good sense of Scott’s personality. He had kept from Zelda that he never finished school like he’s kept many other things from her. He made the whole thing so about himself that it ruined things for everyone else. He signed books that weren’t his and that he couldn’t pay for. He threw a fit and insulted people who supported him. He got drunk to avoid confrontation and put himself in a terrible situation. It was very telling of how their life would continue forward.

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Things That Were Taken Out and I’m Still Wondering Why

Zelda’s birthday party. The party he puts on for her was a turning point in the book when Zelda started taking him seriously as a suitor. I think it would have played out wonderfully on-screen, but it was for some reason overlooked.

Zelda’s awareness of their financial troubles. She is more aware in the book early on of his excessive spending and reins herself back. She rejects some of his extravagant gifts (again, not in the show) and encourages him to not celebrate as much. All of this was missing.

Things That Changed Too Much

Scott. I didn’t like the Scott in the book much, but the one in the show made me angry. He was so full of himself that he was completely unlikable and I felt the actor was terrible. He never seemed serious, only joking or angry. He didn’t spoil Zelda at all and when she complained, wrote her off completely. This show has made me hate Scott so much.

I hope there will be more seasons of this show. Scottie hasn’t even been born yet and Fowler has so much more of Zelda’s story to share. The very opening implied that the show would go through the entire novel and I hope I get to see that. Reader, have you seen the TV show? What did you think?

Until next time, write on.

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4 Responses to “‘Z’ TV Series- I hate hating F. Scott Fitzgerald”

  1. churdan February 13, 2017 at 11:04 AM #

    Now I want to read the book.

    One correction though: in section Things That Were Taken Out and I’m Still Wondering Why, “reined” instead of “rained.”

    Do you remember the kid’s book The King Who Rained by Fred Gwynne? Gwynne starred in the TV comedy Car 54 Where Are You?. Excellent and funny kid’s book.

    Happy Monday! Diane

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    • Sam February 13, 2017 at 11:15 AM #

      Thank you, I’ve made that change.
      The book is really good and the audiobook is well done. I hope you can read it soon.
      I don’t remember that book, unfortunately. Sounds like a good one. Happy reading!

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  2. Laurel-Rain Snow February 13, 2017 at 11:22 AM #

    I received my copy of the book this week…and I had already seen the show. Scott did not come across very well in the series, but I haven’t seen very many films that show him in a good light. And other books I’ve read about Zelda’s later years do not flatter him, either.

    I guess I tend to “excuse” him because of his brilliant work…LOL. Not fair, right?

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    • Sam February 13, 2017 at 1:21 PM #

      Many books and shows demonize him to the point where I believe he probably had some of those characteristics. I’m not sure Zelda was a saint, though. I love Gatsby but the more I hear about Scott, the more embarrassed I am to admit it. Happy reading!

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