Taylor Swift wrote two entire albums in the middle of a global pandemic. I don’t know what F. Scott Fitzgerald was doing during his pandemic (the 1918 Spanish influenza), but I do know what he wasn’t doing: writing two entire albums.
In particular, Swift’s second quarantine album, evermore, is littered with so many Gatsbyish turns of phrase that you’d be forgiven for mistaking Swift’s lyrics for Fitzgerald’s prose. And if you don’t believe me, look no further than the song “happiness,” in which Swift sings both “I hope she’ll be your beautiful fool” and “All you want from me now is the green light of forgiveness.” Wake up, people! I’m about to crack this thing wide open!
So! Can you tell the difference between a Great Gatsby quote and a lyric from Taylor Swift’s evermore?