Sunday, May 9, 2010
Breakfast at Tiffany's
NB In proof-reading this Top Ten Pick, I realize that it is just a thinly disguised musing of my own, so I completely understand if Jillian chooses to unlink it.
I've chosen for my Top One Pick (I am the opposite of Lesa when it comes to lists!) the book/movie Breakfast at Tiffany's. Have you seen/read them both? If not, you really must.
They really shouldn't be listed as being the same story: they are quite different, set 20 years apart with opposing endings. It could be argued that the novel Breakfast at Tiffiany's isn't very romantic, that the couple aren't really in love. That would be true, but the film was based on the novella, and no one can read the book without picturing the luminous Audrey Hepburn.
It is a beautiful, poignant book, and I think many women can see some of themselves (even only if thinking wishfully) in Holly Golightly. Holly's relationship with 'Fred' is so innocent and yet provocative. In the movie 'Fred' has a real name and a much more romantic relationship.
I suppose this convoluted justification is just an excuse to discuss the actress we spent a very pleasant afternoon watching. See, for Mothers' Day hubby gave his Mum a copy of Roman Holiday. Princess Anne and Joe Bradley would be my number two pick, if I wanted to make a list longer than one. My girls kept exclaiming over her beauty (Audrey, not my MIL) and asking about her. The elder said watching Audrey makes her feel 'galumphing'. They were smitten!
So, back to the book at hand... If you haven't read Breakfast at Tiffany's, do. Truman Capote was a genius, really a genius. The story will surprise you if you've seen the movie, and it will make you think regardless. It might also make you feel 'galumphing,' but that's your problem.