Breakfast at Tiffany's
I foudn this book on my grandma's shelf years ago and decided to read it. I knew there was a movie based on it, but knew almost nothign about it. So imagine my surprise years later when I saw the film and it wasn't what I expected at all.
The movie is all about Audrey Hepburn, romance, and clothes...oh, and a little store called Tiffany's. however, the book is darker. Holly in the book is still a free spirit, but she's much less concerned with the consequences of her actions or who she might hurt. She's much more of a get ahead at any cost, throw cuation to the wind kind of girl, while in the movie she's a bit of a wounded bird type of girl. The movie never lets on that she doesn't have the best reputation. They hint she's a gold digger, but she's so lovable, that you overlook it. In the book, much less so.
Also, the movie takes you into her life and makes you like her and understand what she's been through. the Holly in the book is a sadder figure. More hardened by life.
However, the book is extremely well written. you'd think it was more of a biography than a novel. Capote does an excellent job of making us feel like Holly is a ral person. It is understandable why he thought Audrey Hepburn was the wrong choice to play Holly and wanted Marilyn Monroe, more of a messed up glamour figure.
If you're expecting the sweet romance of the movie, you'll be surprised, but if you take the book on its own merits, you'll enjoy it.