Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
I actually watched the movie first and naturally thought Audrey Hepburn was amazing like every other person to see Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But when I read the book, I didn’t realise that the whole point of the story had been missed in the movie.
And the point is Holly Golightly.
The story isn’t a romance, it’s a Slice of Life in Manhattan. The story’s entire focus is Holly Golightly and the moment in her life that she meets the author. Holly Golightly is one of a kind. She’s been fantastically written; her vibrant character shines out of the story and the movie does it no service by turning it into a romance with the author. To call her a Manic Pixie Dream Girl is such an offence (although she probably started the trend). I can’t think of any other character that I’ve encountered that shines as brightly as she does, with all her virtues and flaws.