Being a girl on the edge of adolescence is not easy. Life, as we know it, will change.
Now And Then (1995), is the story of four twelve year old girls during the summer of 1970. The movie then flashes back and forth to the girls, decades later, reuniting as adults. Roberta (Christina Ricci as a girl, Rosie O’Donnell as an adult), Teeny (Thora Birch as a girl, Melanie Griffith as an adult), Samantha (Gaby Hoffman as a girl, Demi Moore as an adult) and Chrissy (Ashleigh Ashton Moore as a girl, Rita Wilson as an adult) are all best friends. What they do not know is that the summer of 1970 will be a turning point in their lives and forever affect who they will become as adults.
We all grow up, we all experience both the good and the bad the life offers. But for that short span of time that is early adolescence when we are in between being a child and growing up, it can be magical and life altering.
It can be said that within the realm of story telling, that every idea for a story has it’s roots in another story.
With the release of the film version of Fifty Shades Of Grey, some writers are comparing the book’s leading man to other famous literary leading men, most notably Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.
Jane Austen would be rolling in her grave.
To be clear, I have no desire to read the book or see the movie. While I adore stories of this ilk, I prefer well written stories that keep me engaged as a reader. From what I have heard, Fifty Shades Of Grey does not fit that description.
While the surface comparisons are inevitable, there is no way that these men are even remotely similar. A more ardent Janeite might demand that Christian Grey and Fitzwilliam Darcy not be mentioned in the same sentence, unless it is to create a wide gulf between them.
Christian Grey is not and will never be the new Fitzwilliam Darcy.