Monday, February 18, 2013

Anna and the French Kiss


Anna and the French Kiss, originally uploaded by margotwood.


This fauxto was inspired by the YA novel ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins.

Now, clearly as you can tell by the selection of books I have done fauxtos for, I don't read that many realistic fiction novels. It's not that I'm against them, I just haven't gotten around to it lately. But all that changed this month when I decided to go on a realistic teen binge.

I started with this book and am now not only hooked on the genre, but also hooked on Stephanie Perkins' characters.

For those that have read this book, yes I adore Etienne St. Clair. And yes I would have loved to have traveled to France, found a hot young man to pose for me inside an old movie theater looking British and sexy. But c'mon people, AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT.

So I decided that instead of focusing on the romance angle of this book, I wanted to instead capture the girl that Etienne falls in love with: Anna.

Sometimes when you read YA novels, it's always this awkward, silly, mildly attractive girl who somehow snags the hottest, most perfect guy in the world and I'm left wondering, "Hmmm okay, now how the hell did that happen because that shit would NEVER happen in real life."

But for me, there was one scene in particularly where it all clicked for me. I finally understood why St. Clair, this sexy, perfect young man would fall for a girl like Anna. It was this one scene in chapter 16 when Anna and her pals (including St. Clair) go to one of their favorite French cafes:

"'You have Nutella on your chin,' Rashmi says, pointing with her fork.

'Mmmmm,' I reply.


'It's a good look,' Josh says. 'Like a little soul patch.'


I dip my finger in the chocolate and paint on a mustache. 'Better?'


'Maybe if you didn't give yourself a Hitler,' Rashmi says.


To my surprise, St. Clair gives a snort. I'm encouraged. I redip and pain one side up in a swirl.


'You're getting it wrong,' Josh says. 'Come here.' He dabs his finger in the edge of my sauce and adds the other half carefully, with his steady artist's hand, and then touches up my half. I look at my reflection in the restaurant's glass and find myself with a massive, curly mustache. They laugh and clap, and Mer snaps a picture.


The men in elaborately tied scarves sitting at the table beside us look disgusted, so I pretend to twirl the ends of my Nutella mustache. The others are cracking up, and finally, finally St. Clair gives the teeniest of teeny smiles.


It's a wonderful sight."




And that, my friends, is the scene I attempted to capture. I fell in love with Anna in this scene. She is positively adorable and is willing to make fun of herself in hopes of cheering up her friends. (Also, according to the scene, Anna's best friend Meredith takes Anna's photo, so in a sense, I'm playing a character as well! Kinda cool.)

When I was reading that scene I just nodded and smiled and I finally got it. I got why St. Clair falls for her and I wanted to capture just how adorable Anna truly is for my fauxto.


Now, as for this fauxto, I have to give a huge thanks to Jamie of The Perpetual Page Turner for being a trooper and being Anna for me. She totally captured Anna's young, cute and carefree spirit. It takes a special lady who is willing to give her self a chocolate 'stache in the name of art, and I think Jamie nailed it.

30 comments:

  1. So absolutely adorable!!! I love it, and of course being that it's a scene from Anna, it makes it that much better! :)

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  2. YAY!! Love this. Love that you chose this scene, too. Anna and St. Clair are one of my favorite couples. Jamie is an adorable Anna!! :-)

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    1. Yes! They are totally one of my favorite YA couples of all time.

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  3. YAY!! This was so fun! I am honored that you allowed me to be a character I love from one of my fave contemporary YA novels! And most of all, what a fun adventure we had!! Will also wants me to shut up about how good that cafe was and how we MUST EAT THERE!

    Seriously I love your creativity and your ability to pick THE MOST PERFECT scene or aspect of a book that is so subtle but just so PERFECT.

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    1. THANK YOUUUUUU for being in this shot! I owe you big time.

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  4. THIS IS FABULOUS. I absolutely loved this scene in the book and it's so cool seeing it! And Jamie is adorable as Anna - LOVE her outfit.

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  5. More like, AIN'T NOBODY GOT MONEY FOR THAT. That would be a very pricey but very epic fauxto. I would fully support it if you ever decide to do another one, just so you know.

    I love that you chose this scene! I think Jamie nailed it when she said it's subtle but perfect. Such an adorable fauxto and you really captured Anna's spirit. Also, re-reading that scene made me even more excited for Isla and the Happily Ever After.

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    1. Gah! I didn't even know there was another coming out! I haven't read Lola yet, but I'd love to do more Stephanie Perkins inspired fauxtos!

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  6. I love how you chose this scene for this project, Margot! It isn't the first one that comes to mind, so that's awesome. You made me remember a sweet moment in the book. Jamie is awesome for being your Anna!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I knew a lot of people probably weren't going to remember the scene, but hopefully this fauxto reminds them of it or encourages them to go back and re-read it!

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  7. I love it! It's a great scene from the book--it's when I had decided that I loved Anna as a character. I love this so much! <33

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  8. Awesome photo! I think it's great that you chose this scene because it's a quiet kind of scene (not as well-known as so many others from that book) and yet it really shows Anna's personality. Love that Jamie was so enthusiastic about this, especially because it's a photo based on one of her favorite novels. :P

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    1. I couldn't have done this shot without Jamie, I owe her big time! And I'm so glad you liked that I chose a scene most people had forgotten. Sometimes it's fun to remind people of something special they may have forgotten.

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  9. SO PERFECT! And Jamie nailed this scene as Anna! :)

    -Meredith

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    1. Thank you! Jamie was so adorable and totally got exactly what I was looking for. Perhaps she was model in another lifetime....

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  10. I haven't read Anna and the French Kiss as yet but I'm already loving the fauxto and the scene played out. Way to go! =D

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  11. This is awesome! One of my favorite books and this captures it perfectly. :)

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  12. Um, did you guys know that Stephanie Perkins reblogged this to her Tumblr? I'm dying.

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  13. Love the pics, love your rationale! I kind of forgot this scene, but your quoting it totally reminded me of why I loved Anna too. :)

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  14. I love this post, as you and Jamie already know. I think it's a wonderful way of showing who Anna is in the book - and those croissants look DELICIOUS. Wonderful job!

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  15. *flails arms* Love this! Jaime is perfect in this! Excited for more (hopefully) Stephanie Perkins-inspired shoots! :D

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  16. This is so awesome. Jamie is too adorable in this and the perfect Anna. I just know you ladies had a blast shooting this. Great post!

    Vivian
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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  17. So perfect! And great scene choice! I've been behind on reading this blog b/c I was knee-deep prepping for my big Fairy Tale Fortnight event, but today I felt the urge to come catch up with you!

    And when I saw you with Jamie...so perfect! Jamie makes a great Anna. You both did fab!

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  18. Love this! And loved the book! The second wasn't as great, but the characters make appearances

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