Francesca tries to comport herself at all times as a lady, and believes that the desire for revenge is best overcome.
However, as a motivation for fictional characters it is satisfying indeed!
In honor of the release of the movie version of Sweeney Todd, Francesca recommends books and DVDs which show that indeed, revenge is best served cold.
First and best of all is the superfantastic The Count of Monte Cristo. The book version is available here, but Francesca must say that she somewhat prefers the movie version (sacriligious, I know). Either way, remember never to put your best friend in jail in order to save your reputation or to steal his girlfriend. You never know where that sort of thing might lead . . . .
Before you go to see Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd, you might want to watch the Broadway version. Angela Lansbury is superfantastic!
One of Francesca’s favorite movies of all time: The First Wives Club. What could be better than a film that brings together Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, and Goldie Hawn? They are wonderful! Francesca has watched this movie many times and laughs every time. As Ivana Trump says in her cameo: Remember girls, don’t get mad. Get everything.
Finally, Francesca understands that the motivations of the Hamlet are fuzzy and oft-debated, but in essence here we have the somewhat wishy-washy Hamlet burdened with the responsibility of exacting revenge against his uncle, for killing his father. Will he do it? Will he do it? Will he do it? Read to find out . . . here is the “feel self-righteous” version, and here is the “I want to read Shakespeare, but I don’t want to break my teeth” version. And here is a movie version for the real cheaters. (Francesca jokes! Plays are meant to be watched!)
Happy reading and happy watching!