The Great Gatsby: 9 Big Differences Between The Book And Movie
We learn Jordan Baker is an athlete nearly immediately. Though this in itself doesn’t mean much, her entire storyline is sped up and her unlikely romance with Nick is cut out for the sake of time. In the book, the two only ever seem to have a casual affection for each another, especially as Jordan is shown to be dishonest, but in the film, she’s a blank canvass we never get to know all that much about. This actually makes her character quite a bit more mysterious and likeable, though.
Not only is Jordan a tepid version of her novel character, Daisy also lacks a certain spark and an underlying pettiness that propels her character forward in the book. Instead of offering a voice ringing like money, she offers a weak will and a damsel-in-distress persona that doesn’t suit the character, or actress Carey Mulligan, either. In the book, she's careless. Here, she's more often thoughtless.
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