So exciting as it's Gilmore Girls Book Club time again and today we are talking about Book Four.
As always you can read what all this #GilmoreGirlsBookClub shindig is about in my
Original Post HERE.
And you can have a read all about
Book One HERE
Book Two HERE
Book Three HERE
So on to the book...
Book Title - Pygmalion
Author - George Bernard Shaw
So who is this George dude? - George Bernard Shaw or GBS for short was an Irish Playwright and critic born on 26th July 1856 and lived until he was the grand old age of 94. He wrote over 60 plays, won an Oscar and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925. He is thought to be one of the most highly regarded writers and playwrights and is said to be second only to Shakespeare, pretty high praise, right? GBS was also pretty famous for his views on well everything really. He was a pretty outspoken guy with some controversial views for the time that he was living in. He spoke about everything from politics, religion, language and just about everything else that you can think of.
What is Pygmalion all about - Pygmalion is a play about a phonetics professor called Henry Higgins who makes a bet that he can turn a bedraggled cockney flower girl called Eliza Doolittle into a believable duchess for an ambassadors garden party by teaching her how to become what is perceived as 'the perfect lady' with great manners and a (posh) polite speaking voice.
What's with the name- The play is named after the Ancient Greek mythology character Pygmalion who fell in love with a statue that he carved and then it was brought to life, so you can kinda guess where the story in the play goes...
What I thought of the play- I first read Pygmalion back in high school, I think I was in maybe 4th or 5th year of school so I was probably around 16 or 17. I honestly can't remember why I read it in school, I know I read it and wrote about it for something but literally no idea why. I know that we were allowed to pick any book we wanted and i'd heard so much about this and really wanted to read it so picked it. Also not gonna lie, I knew it was a play and it would be way shorter to read than any book, just being honest haha! I really loved the story then and I really still love it now. I feel like it's the basic idea of so many books and romcom's that I love too and I think that's what drew me to it originally. I love reading or watching the original source of inspiration for so many of my favourite stories. I love GBS's writing (seriously my quote board on Pinterest is full of his words) I think his words more than stand the test of time and because his ideas and views were so beyond his years I think so much of the ideology in his work and his ideas for society still are as relevant today. I think this is a really lovely, funny, sweet, quick story that is a definite must read.
So where's the Gilmore Girls link - In Season 3 Episode 13 which is called 'Dear Emily and Richard' Lorelai and Rory sing a song from My Fair Lady which is based upon the play Pygmalion.
Did they make a movie of the play? - The Broadway musical My Fair Lady and film of the same name are both based on the play Pygmalion, although My fair Lady has a different ending to the original play. One of my all time favourite 90's movies 'She's All That' is loosely based on the play as is the book and movie of the same name The Duff (which are also both awesome). To be honest so many other books and movies that I have watched are based on GBS's original idea of changing your appearance and personality to be accepted into a different social circle or society that your used too. I think the idea is sill as relevant, interesting and current today and the amount of stories that Pygmalion has inspired is pretty phenomenal.
Favourite Quote - “I shall always be a flower girl to Professor Higgins, because he always treats me as a flower girl, and always will; but I know I can be a lady to you, because you always treat me as a lady, and always will.”
Some Book Club questions -
-Why do you think Pygmalion is still relevant today?
-Do you like the ending in My Fair Lady better than the plays ending?
-Who would you pick to play Eliza in a modern day version?
-What's your favourite quote from the play?
I really hope you enjoyed this months review. As always you can join in the chat by commenting below or messaging me on twitter or instagram. If you use the hashtag #GilmoreGirlsBookClub then you will be able to see what everyone else thinks about the play too!
Let me know what you think below and i'll see you same time, same place next month for Book Four which is The Collected Dorothy Parker...
You can buy Pygmalion on Wordery for £2.88 and get free delivery too.