Film vs. Novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s, both the film and novella, is a classic that deserves recognition even today. It is a story about a woman, Holly Golightly, who receives money from both from male escorts and a man in prison. She one day meets the new writer that lives in her apartment complex, Varjak. As time goes on she gets close to Varjak, the writer, and meets a man named José. She later in the film decides she wants to marry him to get away but ends up not going through with it. However since most of the plot is the same in the film and novella, the film should be viewed first as it is a little better “read” then the book because of the viewablitity, the difference in endings, and the similarities in the plots. The main reason that the film is better and easier to accept is that it is more viewable then the book. The film makes the viewer able to see the characters and their relationships more clearly. In the film you can see when Golightly first meets Varjak, she is immediately attached to him and even calls him Fred, her brother who she loves very deeply and is in the army. Being able to see this connection in the film gives the viewer a distinct notion that, despite never seeing Varjak before, Golightly is very comfortable with him. However in the book this is less clear and the reader may not get that as quickly as if they watched the movie. Also watching the movie you can see as Golightly accepts money from the escorts for going to the washroom and making her getaway. Making this an action scene gives the viewer the impression that this is a serious thing she is doing, but showing her elegance in her escape implies it is nothing new for her. As for the difference in the endings the film portrays a little bit more of a happier ending making it a little easier for the viewers to like the ending and to not leave a large hook at the end with many unknowns. In the film Golightly ends up deciding she wants to marry José, goes to jail, then doesn 't
Cited: Breakfast at Tiffany 's. Dir. Blake Edwards. Perf. Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. Paramount, 1961. DVD.
Capote, Truman. Breakfast at Tiffany 's. New York: Random House, 1958. Print.