This is my first posting about our novel, and I suppose it had better be the first in a long string, otherwise we're in some trouble come the end of term...hmmm???
After looking into the film and novel a bit, it would seem that the reason for the creation of the film itself...meaning, the reason the Evelyn Waugh's novel was current enough to even be considered possible for a screenplay...is that there are themes captured by the novel itself which are present in our own society. There are obsessions today, with celebrity and materialism, which were are concurrent with Waugh's day.
I think it is worth noting that Waugh himself tried to escape the notion of fame. According to the introduction to The Essays, Articles and Reviews of Evelyn Waugh, "On 20 October 1930 the Daily Express printed 'Converted to Rome'," an article on Waugh's conversion to Catholicism. The author argues that the sensationalism associated with Waugh's conversion was simply due to the fact that he was "notorious for his 'almost passionate adherence to the ultra-modern' (Daily Express, 30 September 1930, p.8)." The author also states that Vile Bodies itself was considered to be 'the ultra-modern novel.'
Perhaps an interesting 'way in' to the text might be through Evelyn Waugh's faith??? What is he critiquing and why - or, for Mike, what purpose do these angels serve...what conflict was there between the ultra-modern and the Catholic faith which causes such a stir....Just some possible questions.
Read on all! As will I, and hopefully we will all come up with some brilliant insights.