Aside from seeing "Midnight in Paris" last year, which showcased the era by which the Fitzgerald's lived and rose into iconic fame, I haven't sought out biographies about the pair. When it came time to choose a First Impressions book in January, I decided to continue to hold off in case I was able to receive "Z". My entire viewing of their lives together has been moulded from the research that Ms. Fowler put into her book. After this discussion concludes, I want to add a juxaposition to what I've learnt by seeking out a sampling of both Fitzgerald's canonical work, as much as picking out a few biographies to illuminate my further understanding of their place in history.
I realise that most of you might have been well versed in both their literary legacies inasmuch as having knowledge of 'who' they are in history ahead of picking up the novel. Do you think it was easier to fall into the rhythm of their lives with previous knowledge or did it hinder it, in case what you knew previously to be true might have only been part of the massive array of rumours that followed the Fitzgerald's!? And, if you went into this blind, as I had, what are your lasting impressions of a couple that perhaps you only had heard of previously but now readily know something tangible about!?
I simply wanted to propose a question about the different approaches we've all taken ahead of finding "Z", as I am starting to notice a bit of a disconnect in the answers in the forum. Some of the responses appear to be shifted towards the public perception of the couple rather than being limited to the context of the novel. I do realise we all can substantiate our opinions based on outside sources of what we have knowledge on, but I felt that in some instances the commentary felt as though it wasn't relating directly to Zelda, as she is characterised in the novel: "Z".