Monday, April 21, 2014


I have a love/hate relationship with my adoration for Audrey Hepburn. The reasons why many love Audrey are obvious, but one of those obvious reasons I believe is never given with proper backing. When one thinks of Audrey their head immediately picks out Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I do not blame anyone for this, in fact that was where my love began as well, but I hate that because people get caught up in Audrey and the glamour, and not the real BAT.

I have this need to know more than what meets the eye so naturally I needed to know more about Breakfast At Tiffany’s, and where else could I go (other than google) to find out everything I need other than the library! The first book I read was Fifth Avenue, 5.a.m. by Sam Wasson, if you are a real BAT fan I should not have to elaborate for you to know exactly what the title refers to. Fifth Avenue, 5 a.m. gives you every detail you need to know about Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Wasson writes about Truman Capote’s original piece,  the idea of creating a feature film on a then very controversial topic, and the ups and down of producing a film on a Call Girl in the late 1950’s. Spoiler Alert: Audrey Hepburn did not want to play Holly Golightly because of what she thought it would do to her reputation.

Having seen BAT a countless amount of times and after reading Fifth Avenue, 5.a.m. I was curious to know how different the original Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Truman Capote was from its homage paying counterparts. I will not spoil this one for you, but the differences, such as the description of Holly, her life events, and dialogue. Once finished I realized Capote’s Holly Golightly may have been shunned by her 1950’s critics, but that was because it was before they were ready to face the realities of women. I would not say it was ahead of its time because the 1950’s needed it to stir things up a bit.

I hope that I have sparked something in you to make want to know more. Don’t be that fan that swears they know everything, but knows nothing at all. And don’t stop at BAT, the library has plenty of Audrey to go around.

Posted on April 21, 2014 I Blog post by Kiara Cooper (student worker of the LIM College Library)