I don't think Mulligan and Holmes look at all alike!
I wonder if he didn't mean Michelle Williams, the other Dawson's Creek
girl. I've always confused the two.
I won't argue she looks the part, but to me the entire character came across as vapid and shallow. That's the point, I think, but it doesn't mean I actually have to like it. Maybe it was wrong of me to initially lay the blame at Mulligan's feet. I just don't get why Gatsby is so infatuated with her...which leads to my "meh" about the character as a whole.
Curiously enough, the Great Gatsby
novel doesn't have a concrete physical
description of Daisy. But I think after Mia Farrow played her, that kind of cast the mold in many people's minds.I seem to recall a character from one of Fitzgerald's stories who was described as having hair so blonde it was almost white. I always assumed this was from "Winter Dreams" but scanning through the story I see nothing that describes Judy Jones this way. Quite possibly it's Rosemary from Tender is the Night
. Anyway, I always pictured Fitzgerald casting and recasting his unattainable female characters in this mold.As far as the appeal, I see many similarities to Pip's attachment to Estella in Great Expectations
. The reader doesn't really see why he can't get over this little brat who treats him like crap, but it's part of his pathology to yearn for things he can't have. Maybe the irony is too on the nose, but it makes for great melodrama.