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Rare Audrey Hepburn Book Review -Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn (Intellect Books - Fan Phenomena)

I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn  from the very generous people at Intellect Books.  Here is my review of the book.

The book is tall and slender reminiscent of it’s theme, Audrey Hepburn.  Included in the book are well-written and insightful essays contributed by Audrey Hepburn fans and enthusiasts alike.  Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn  is different from most Audrey books, it is not your typical biography but instead a book devoted to giving Audrey fans a voice.  The same fans that have spent endless hours memorizing her films, following her rules of fashion, and putting into practice Audrey’s selfless approach to life.  Each chapter has a very unique view on Audrey Hepburn’s influence on modern day culture and will resonate with many fans.
In the first chapter titled “Audrey Hepburn: Fashion, Fairy Tales and Transformations” Lynn Hilditch studies the self-motivated and forced transformations of Audrey Hepburn’s onscreen characters.  Princess Anne in Roman Holiday is described as a self motivated transformation. Once an innocently naïve Princess “who has become tired of her role as the personification of ‘sweetness and decency’”(Lynn Hilditch) to the self-liberated young woman who chops off her hair and roams the streets of Rome with Gregory Peck on the back of his scooter.  An example of a forced metamorphosis is Jo Stockton from Funny Face.  Jo is an ordinary bookworm who, with the help of Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) and the fashion team at Quality Magazines, transforms into a “bird of paradise”.   No matter the character, whether it’s Holly Golightly (formerly known as Lula Mae) in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or the flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, turned proper English lady in My Fair Lady; each character is reflective of a contemporary Cinderella.  The story of Cinderella isn’t too dissimilar to that of Audrey Hepburn’s own life story. As a young girl from a war torn country, Audrey Hepburn is transformed into a film legend with legions of adoring fans.  Audrey’s own life could be considered a fairy tale and if there is one thing that Audrey loves it’s a good fairy tale: 

“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy tales and I like them best of all.”  Audrey Hepburn

The chapter “Audrey is a Hep Cat Now” explores Audrey Hepburn’s “kittenish ways” (Jacqui Miller) describing the Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster as “[representing] the duality of Audrey’s ‘class’ and Holly’s deviance by fusing haute couture with an alley cat,” (Jacqui Miller).  While another essay (“Why is Hepburn so ‘Audrey’?”) justifies that no matter the film or on-screen role, Audrey Hepburn “retains her ‘essence’, a certain Audrey-ness” exemplified in “her voice, her posture; and her playfulness.” (Esperanza Miyake)

“Audrey’s voice has always been rich with poignancy for me, a quiet yet lively sound tinged with a taste of sadness.” Esperanza Miyake

Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn  is the latest installment in Intellect Book’s Fan Phenomena series.  Unlike other books about the charming actress, Fan Pheomena gives the reader the opportunity to hear from the voices that reflect our own, the fans, the real life “Hepburnites”. It’s a fun read with a twist that allows Audrey fans to see through the eyes of one another. 

Rare Audrey Hepburn Book Review -Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn (Intellect Books - Fan Phenomena)

I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn from the very generous people at Intellect Books.  Here is my review of the book.

The book is tall and slender reminiscent of it’s theme, Audrey Hepburn.  Included in the book are well-written and insightful essays contributed by Audrey Hepburn fans and enthusiasts alike.  Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn is different from most Audrey books, it is not your typical biography but instead a book devoted to giving Audrey fans a voice.  The same fans that have spent endless hours memorizing her films, following her rules of fashion, and putting into practice Audrey’s selfless approach to life.  Each chapter has a very unique view on Audrey Hepburn’s influence on modern day culture and will resonate with many fans.

In the first chapter titled “Audrey Hepburn: Fashion, Fairy Tales and Transformations” Lynn Hilditch studies the self-motivated and forced transformations of Audrey Hepburn’s onscreen characters.  Princess Anne in Roman Holiday is described as a self motivated transformation. Once an innocently naïve Princess “who has become tired of her role as the personification of ‘sweetness and decency’”(Lynn Hilditch) to the self-liberated young woman who chops off her hair and roams the streets of Rome with Gregory Peck on the back of his scooter.  An example of a forced metamorphosis is Jo Stockton from Funny Face.  Jo is an ordinary bookworm who, with the help of Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) and the fashion team at Quality Magazines, transforms into a “bird of paradise”.   No matter the character, whether it’s Holly Golightly (formerly known as Lula Mae) in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or the flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, turned proper English lady in My Fair Lady; each character is reflective of a contemporary Cinderella.  The story of Cinderella isn’t too dissimilar to that of Audrey Hepburn’s own life story. As a young girl from a war torn country, Audrey Hepburn is transformed into a film legend with legions of adoring fans.  Audrey’s own life could be considered a fairy tale and if there is one thing that Audrey loves it’s a good fairy tale:

“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy tales and I like them best of all.”  Audrey Hepburn

The chapter “Audrey is a Hep Cat Now” explores Audrey Hepburn’s “kittenish ways” (Jacqui Miller) describing the Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster as “[representing] the duality of Audrey’s ‘class’ and Holly’s deviance by fusing haute couture with an alley cat,” (Jacqui Miller).  While another essay (“Why is Hepburn so ‘Audrey’?”) justifies that no matter the film or on-screen role, Audrey Hepburn “retains her ‘essence’, a certain Audrey-ness” exemplified in “her voice, her posture; and her playfulness.” (Esperanza Miyake)

“Audrey’s voice has always been rich with poignancy for me, a quiet yet lively sound tinged with a taste of sadness.” Esperanza Miyake

Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn is the latest installment in Intellect Book’s Fan Phenomena series.  Unlike other books about the charming actress, Fan Pheomena gives the reader the opportunity to hear from the voices that reflect our own, the fans, the real life “Hepburnites”. It’s a fun read with a twist that allows Audrey fans to see through the eyes of one another. 

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