ULTIMATE LITERARY OTPS: Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley, A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)
THEIR STORY: A British nurse with the most beautiful hair in all of literature falls madly in love with an American ambulance driver in WWI Italy. Their idyllic romance soon proves to be the only thing of value in a world that’s collapsing all around them, and blissful happiness ensues…BEFORE IT IS TRAGICALLY CRUSHED IN THE SINGLE WORST WAY POSSIBLE. Did you forget you were reading Hemingway?
WHY THEY’RE ON THIS LIST: Hemingway gets a lot of flak about being a misogynistic douche, and while 99.9% of that is all too valid, it doesn’t apply to A Farewell to Arms. Despite Catherine’s intense declarations of love for Frederic, she’s not some inflatable sex doll who has no personality of her own. She’s much wiser than Frederic, and she’s savvy enough to see that her love for him is, in many ways, therapeutic. She’s actually a very complex character, and the fact that she and Frederic love each other so incredibly much even though they know that life is going to screw them over eventually is downright heroic. And don’t let the tough guy image fool you: While A Farewell to Arms has plenty of war and drinking and cynicism (LOTS of cynicism), it’s also pretty damn romantic. Don’t worry, Ernest, we won’t tell anyone!
NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "I’ll love you in the rain and in the snow and in the hail….Go to sleep, darling, and I’ll love you no matter how it is.”
DREAM CAST: I used Henry Cavill for Frederic and Doutzen Kroes for Catherine, but let’s be honest: no one is good enough for these two.
THEME SONG: Because the Night by Bruce Springsteen
Ingrid Bergman in “Casablanca” (1942)
October has arrived.
Which cast member would be best in a crisis situation? (x)
Gwendoline: Natalie Dormer would take me through the crisis. She’s a rock.
Sophie: Yeah, Natalie’s like a mentor. She’s mama bear.
Lena Headey for Because I am a Girl Campaign - Face Up to violence against girls [x]
Love usually leads to trouble.
September 30th 1955: James Dean dies
On this day in 1955, the American film star James Dean died in a car crash aged just 24. His famous roles include Jim Stark in ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ and Cal Trask in ‘East of Eden’. Dean, a keen motoring enthusiast, died in a car accident which occurred on the way to a motor racing event in Salinas, California. The car he was driving at the time of the incident was his Porsche 550 Spyder which he named ‘Little Bastard’. After his death he became the first person to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. James Dean’s legend only grew upon his death and he remains a prominent cultural icon. In 1991 the American Film Institute ranked him the 18th best male movie star of all time.