I've Become My Schoolgirl Fantasy!

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I've Become My Schoolgirl Fantasy!

I've Become My Schoolgirl Fantasy!

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When she meets David, a suave older man played by Peter Sarsgaard, he takes her to films, jazz clubs, and Paris—a precocious teen’s dream of adulthood. Venus, if you will / Please send a little girl for me to thrill,” Frankie Avalon warbles on the soundtrack. Coppola’s Priscilla smiles vaguely into conversations taking place around her, unable to participate. One of the maids gets titillatingly tied up by Marie as she makes her escape from her locked room, and there is a moment in the second novel, in which the girls have gone up to Oxford, when Mary (the sporty junior, remember? Priscilla’s age, the movie makes clear, is in no way incidental to the romance: it is the whole thing, the necessary counterweight to Elvis’s stardom.

There is one rampant lesbian senior, Hilary ("a big girl, with a strongly-moulded body, damp lips, and smouldering, discontented eyes"), who has a crush on Mary, a sporty junior who causes the words "strong tawny young lioness" to roll around in Hilary's head.

These are among the questions that Sofia Coppola takes up in “Priscilla,” an adaptation of Priscilla Presley’s 1985 memoir, “ Elvis and Me,” which follows the heroine’s journey into and out of Graceland. When Elvis meets Priscilla, he is serving in the Army at a West German base where Priscilla’s father is also stationed; their courtship begins with an invitation to a party at Elvis’s house. Priscilla is swept up into a double life: kissing Elvis by night, walking high-school hallways by day, ablaze with the memory. There is a vigorous punishment scene when an innocent Marie is unjustly caned to within a yard or two of her life by the headmistress while being held down by two burly prefects ("Then she began thrashing her unmercifully, her face a mask of ferocity, caring little where the blows fell as long as they found a mark somewhere on Marie's squirming body").

Once you've got Marie under the cane, the observer is free to embellish and impose his or her own private schoolgirl fantasies. It's too late for TH White, whose illustrated spanking novel is soon to see the light of day, but you've still got time. Minnie aspires to be an artist—she idolizes Aline Kominsky—despite the distraction of her “all-consuming thoughts about sex and men.Just as "Larkin, the mature poet, was later to transfigure the cliches of urban folklore and advertising in poems such as Essential Beauty or Sunny Prestatyn" so he turns "well-worn schoolgirl cliches into moving elegies ('Now the ponies all are dead')" and "the intimate domestic triviality of the schoolgirl world with its 'seniors', 'juniors' and 'sewing-classes' stands as a poignant metonymy for Life. Yet those thoughts in time become fodder for her work, and Monroe provides Minnie a new way of understanding herself. In the latest exclusive online essay from the London Review of Books, Jenny Diski examines Larkin's newly-published juvenilia and questions whether such literary excavation is simply barrel-scraping. In practice, she never fully left: though she pursued other relationships and show-business projects after their divorce, her largest endeavor was guiding the fortunes of her ex-husband’s estate.

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