Jeremy Holt reimagines one of the most iconic American stories to reflect America’s current culture.
Holt’s Gatsby The iconic F Scott Fitzgerald book is given a new twist in this modern adaptation. The Great GatsbyHolt says that they have a deep appreciation of the source material, despite only discovering it later in life. Holt says he has a great appreciation for the original material, even though he only discovered it much later in his life. The two were “pleasantly surprised by how current it felt, even though the book is almost 100-years old.”
Jeremy Holt’s ‘Gatsby” Writer on Queer Literature
They tell Sonia Baghdady, “Some of the relationships and plot changes were necessary because I changed the characters to make them more relatable for teenagers.” Advocate Now. “But, I wanted to be sure I achieved those major milestones.”
Holt places a high value on representation, in particular as a Korean adopted child raised by Whites. Although it took time to establish their identity, Holt believes that their writing improved.
“For the majority of my life, and for most of my writing, I viewed myself as white. That sort of came into a head, which coincidentally was when I was reading Gatsby. At that point in my career, I stopped writing white male…