Me!!!!!! Well, ok, I was, but not now lol
I’d been avoiding watching this film for years and I’m not sure why. Did I think it would be too intellectual for me? Probably……I actually thought it was about Virginia Woolf lol….the power of a title eh?
So imagine my surprise when I discovered that actually, it’s a character driven plot (if you can call it a plot per se) that centres on just 4 characters. Two married couples. Martha & George (Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) the older couple, have a volatile relationship (lots of conflict, I like that!) and poor Nick & Honey, the younger couple (George Segal and Sandy Dennis) who get dragged into a night of merciless personal attacks. It’s basically 2 hours of screaming, fighting and general mud slinging lol.
That makes it sound very simplistic doesn’t it? But trust me, if you haven’t seen it, it’s not. It’s full of mind games and very clever manipulation. I am in awe of Edward Albee who wrote the original script for the play. Its a fascinating piece, that’s given me quite a few ideas for my own stories, especially the way the characters interact. A bit too complex for a short story though.
And as for the title? The one I was so scared of for all these years? It’s actually a pun on the Disney song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf” from the Three Little Pigs. Here’s a quote from Albee, explaining the title:
‘I was in there having a beer one night, and I saw “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” scrawled in soap, I suppose, on this mirror. When I started to write the play it cropped up in my mind again. And of course, who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf means who’s afraid of the big bad wolf….who’s afraid of living life without false illusions. And it did strike me as being a rather typical, university intellectual joke.’
Now that’s what I call inspiration!!!!!! Something scrawled on a restroom mirror *laughs* incredible. So it just goes to show, you must take your notebook everywhere!
Have you ever found something inspiring on a restroom mirror? Or in any other interesting places? I found this on the back of a toilet door in Cafe Nero once, but I don’t have a clue what to do with it lol