I’ve tried reading this book multiple times over the past few years, mostly because of Dorian Gray’s appearance in the movie A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003). In that case, Dorian’s character could not die or be harmed, instead his portrait aged and took on injuries for him. His demise came about when he was forced to confront the painting and died, taking on all of the harm that it had suffered for him. I was curious as to how similar his character in the movie was to the actual character from Oscar Wilde’s book. While the basic premise, a cocky, rich, pretty boy finding a way to avoid aging or “becoming ugly” by utilizing a painting, was the same, I definitely preferred the movie character (though only by a small margin). That doesn’t mean that it is a bad book though. It becomes almost thrilling to have your hatred for Dorian and certain characters and events grow, though still upsetting at how superficial and selfish humans are shown to be. It’s definitely not a super fun, happily ever after kind of book, but the kind of book that makes you contemplate what is wrong and right with the yourself and the world around you.
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Review Submitted by: Breanna Thorne
Rating: Recommended with Reservations
Challenge: Finish reading a book you started in the past but never finished