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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1960)

af Henry Farrell

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Baby Jane, a child star of early vaudeville, resented having to grow up in the shadow of her prettier sister Blanche Hudson, who became Hollywood's reigning love goddess. Now, some fifty years later, they are together and alone. And reality has toppled crazily into eerie fantasy. Blanche now finds she is growing old in the shadow cast by Baby Jane - and a very sinister shadow it is. The chilling book that inspired the classic film starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.… (mere)
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I only saw the classic movie once, decades ago, but the creepiness of it lingers still. So when I found this yellowed gem at a Friends sale I naturally had to see if the book was "better than the movie." Compared to the time that it was written, its horror comes off a bit tame today. The terror is mostly psychological. And the melodrama of Blanche was a bit pearl-clutching. But one should always read or view the classics, and this definitely makes me want to revisit the movie. Bette Davis!!! ( )
  Salsabrarian | May 29, 2020 |
Even though I've seen the film a few times when I saw this book available to download at my local library, I clicked! I'm glad I did.

This wasn't exactly like the film, but in all the important ways, it was about the same. I pictured the characters as Joan Crawford and Bette Davis portrayed them, and I think the narrator did a fantastic job.

Recommended!

*Thanks to my local library for the free download through the Libby app! Libraries RULE!* ( )
1 stem Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
Die Mädels sagen es am besten:





Die Story braucht nicht lange, bis sie lawinenartig eskaliert und den galoppierenden Wahnsinn reinlässt, ich wurde angenehm aufs garstigste überrascht und bin mir nun sicher, dass Norman Bates uns seine Schwestern einfach verheimlicht hat... ( )
  Horrortorte | May 17, 2019 |
Almost exactly like the movie, as I remember it. The character of Baby Jane seemed to be written specifically for Bette Davis, based on the descriptions. I think I prefer the movie, although in this edition, there was some interesting trivia in the introduction about Davis's and Crawford's tumultuous relationship. ( )
  sturlington | Apr 16, 2019 |
The latest in the long chain of events leading to the ruination of Western Civilization was my getting this book by way of the annual library book sale. No one had checked it out since the Reagan administration.

First of all, if you haven't seen the film go see it. As a gay man with a healthy respect for old Hollywood and camp horror I could be talking from my narrow personal worldview, much how a group of gourmands would be shocked ("What do you mean you've never had crème bachique!") at the eating habits of your average citizen, but I'm not. I've never met a person who hasn't enjoyed the movie. if the cast, cinematography, script and performances don't get you, the overall insanity of the film will.

I'm supposed to be talking about the book. 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane' is a superb thriller. "Baby" Jane and her sister Blanche Hudson live together in their big house from the heyday of Hollywood. Baby Jane was a sensation on the vaudeville circuit, but on growing up found herself in her younger sister's shadow. At the time of the novel it has been twenty years since a mysterious car accident left Blanche without the use of her legs and ended her career at its peak. Lately, Blanche's movies have begun to show on TV, and its beginning to revive old jealousies.

The film is a faithful adaption of the novel, but the novel allows for more depth to the characters, and getting inside of Blanche's head reveals more clues about the mental state and culpability of both sisters in the events ahead. The Blanche who dismisses concern about Jane's health and wastes opportunities of help makes a lot more sense in the novel than the one on the screen. Jane as someone who is seriously ill is a lot more sympathetic here than in the film.

Even knowing how events would play out did not alter the suspense of the novel as Blanche too slowly becomes aware of Jane's break with reality. A lot of fun, perfect seasonal reading. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
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Baby Jane, a child star of early vaudeville, resented having to grow up in the shadow of her prettier sister Blanche Hudson, who became Hollywood's reigning love goddess. Now, some fifty years later, they are together and alone. And reality has toppled crazily into eerie fantasy. Blanche now finds she is growing old in the shadow cast by Baby Jane - and a very sinister shadow it is. The chilling book that inspired the classic film starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

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