In his notebooks, Fitzgerald said of the novel:
Tender is less interesting toward the climax because of the absence of conversation. They eye flies for it and skips essential stuff for they don’t want their characters resolved in dessication and analysis but like me in action that results from the previous. All the more reason for emotional planning.
Of life and film:
Most of us could be photographed from the day of our birth to the day of our death and the film shown without producing any emotion except boredome and disgust. It would all just look like monkeys scratching . . . .
And actresses, he said, “have to be show offs ad not look like show offs.”