Journey Through The Classics Update

August 4, 2010

By: George Bernard Shaw

Idle curiosity drew me to this story. I wanted to read the work that My Fair Lady was based on. Well, I have read it. Gotta say, while I'm glad I read it, I don't think it's something I'd read again. For starters. I had no idea it was a play and not a book. Sometimes I have a hard time connecting with plays because they don't always give you the details books do. Such is the case with Pygmalion. You got the story of her big transformation before and after it happened, but nothing of it during. Even if Mr. Shaw had done subtle things during the transformation, I think it would've been easier to embrace the story.

I found Henry Higgins to be awful in the play. He was conceited, a jerk, and unlikeable for me. I was happy to find out he and Eliza don't fall in love in the end as they did in the movie. Pickering was a far more likable character. He was more understanding to Eliza and more sensitive. He treated her with far more respect than Higgins ever did. I also loved Henry's Mother, Mrs. Higgins. She was fun to read about.


Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read on August 5, 2010 at 2:50 AM said...

I read Pygmalion because I had to.;) I didn't really like it, but I am also glad Henry and Eliza did not fall in love in the end.

Jen on August 5, 2010 at 4:15 PM said...

It would've been a HUGE injustice to the story & the characters if they had, I think. One of the rare cases when the movie is better than the book.

coffeestainedpages on August 7, 2010 at 11:13 PM said...

I read this in high school when I was already a huge fan of the movie, I didn't hate it but I didn't especially like it either. Higgins is very different! He's not that likeable in the movie either to me... but even worse in the play!

Jen on August 8, 2010 at 2:09 AM said...

Coffeestainedpages- I completely agree. Higgins was redeemable in the movie & not at all in the play. I was glad they didn't end up together in the play.

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