I started reading this but stopped as I just couldn't get into it, was a real struggle. The story is not as appealing as I first thought, and it seems...moreI started reading this but stopped as I just couldn't get into it, was a real struggle. The story is not as appealing as I first thought, and it seems that unless you studied semiotics you wont find this enjoyable.
The language is heavy and tiresome, when you think it's starting to get interesting you are sadly disappointed.I find the characters unappealing and I had trouble understanding them as well as sympathising with them. This alone is not necessary to enjoy a novel, in this case I think it would of helped.
I was born mid 80's,for me there were a few references I didn't understand being set in that particular era. Personally it's an era I don't enjoy reading about but I thought I would give it a chance.
This was really a disappointment as JE's other works are quite good. I really wanted to like this but I just couldn't.(less)
I thought this was a great behind the scenes look about how a movie is made and of what really is involved. The subject matter being about MM is an ad...moreI thought this was a great behind the scenes look about how a movie is made and of what really is involved. The subject matter being about MM is an added bonus.
I liked how descriptive CC is when describing his day-to-day duties and how it affects the set when events unfold as well as how the actors handle the pressure of film making , so much so, that you can feel the angst and the tempers fraying as if you were there watching it all while reading.
CC seems to describe SLO quite accurately especially considering he was such a great admirer of SLO and ultimately struck up a friendship and would later go on to work with him closely. I believe this also when describing MM, as some others I have read try to make her seem angelic when she was anything but which “true fans” may struggle with. If you were hoping to read a book about her life and how wonderful it all was this book is not for you!
Given MM’s behaviour and her blatant disregard for others, much as you try, you still can’t help but feel sorry for her and her situation as told through the eyes of CC. You can’t help feeling like you want to save her and rescue her from her fate; remove the “hanger’s” on that so obviously knew how to use MM to their advantage. If only she would of had enough self esteem without constantly worrying if she was good enough or wondering if her audience thought she was good enough.
CC himself writes in the pre-face for “The prince, the showgirl and me” that the entries are pretty much word-for-word and he has left very little out, at times I question whether his memory really was that good! As he is able to recite quite long conversations word-for-word, they tend to sound less like diary entries and more “on purpose” for a novel then a memoir. Maybe that’s why it’s an entertaining read? Where as “My week with Marilyn” is more of a novel based format. Whether it all really happened this way? Who knows, but it’s much more fun to pretend that it did!
In reading this you see that celebrity life really hasn’t changed then and now, just the medium for how we are able to access them. All in all I thought it was quite an enjoyable read, keeping in mind that sometimes it does tend to lag when talking about scenes from the “Prince And The Showgirl” in reference to technical jargon. (less)