Selecting a title to accompany this illustration was easy. Bonjour Tristesse (meaning good morning sadness) is a well known novel written by French writer Fracoise Sagan. I've read this novel quite a long time ago, but it stayed with me. The novel caused quite a sensation when in was published, in part surely because of the fact that the author was only 18 at the time. I said that the novel stayed with me, but I can't say that I was head over heels with it. To tell you the truth, despite the fact that I enjoyed reading it, I didn't fall in love with this novel. It was interesting and full of haunting sadness, but it seemed clear to me that it wasn't a mature work of literature. A several years after I came across another novel by this author. That novel was Scars on the Soul and it was simply love at the first sight (or should I say at first reading). This second novel of hers that I read seemed to contained everything that the first novel lacked. I will recommend both of these novels to you because I do believe they both deserve to be read. I'm kind of sorry that most people end up reading only the first. I'm often surprised by the quality of 'lesser know things', not just when it comes to literature. Why do we people tend to assume something is better if others know about it? Do we forget that often the best things are hidden from plain sight?
Odabiranje naslova za pratnju ove ilustracije bilo je lako. Bonjour Tristesse ( kod nas prevedeno kao Dobro jutro tugo) je poznati roman francuske spisateljice Francoise Sagan. Pročitala sam ovaj roman prije dosta vremena, ali mi je nekako ostao u pamćenju. Kada je objavljen izazvao je popriličnu senzaciju, djelomično sigurno i jer je spisateljica kada je objavljen imala samo osamnaest godina. Rekla sam da mi je ostao i sjećanju, ali ne mogu reći da me posve oduševio. Iskreno, nisam se u njega zaljubila, iako sam uživala u čitanju. Bio je zanimljiv i pun neke opsjedajuće tuge, ali mi se činilo jasnim da nije u pitanju neko zrelo književno djelo. Nekoliko godina kasnije naišla sam na drugi roman iste autorice. Taj je roman bio Modrice na duši i to je jednostavno bila ljubav na prvi pogled (ili prvo čitanje). Ovaj drugi roman koji sam pročitala je po meni sadržavao sve ono što je nedostajalo prvom. Oba ću vam preporučiti jer mislim da oba zaslužuju da ih pročitate. Nekako mi je žao što ljudi većinom pročitaju samo prvi. Često me iznenadi kvaliteta "manje poznatijih stvari", ne samo kada je u pitanju književnost. Zašto mi ljudi pretpostavljamo da je nešto bolje ako drugi znaju za to? Zaboravljamo li da su često najbolje stvari sakrivene od pogleda?
Back to my illustration, it has many elements that could be connected with french chic such as : a beret, a minimalistic dress , a pair of pointy flates and a monochrome selection of colours. Blue is one of my favourite colours. Pointed flats are very in this season and 'off the shoulder' trend seems to be here to stay. Parisian chic has been in for quite some time and I can totally understand why. It may not be what I wear on day to day basis, but it is a style I admire. So, the reason why I paired this illustration with these two book recommendations is simple, it reminds me of both of these novels. I'm trying to post my illustrations more frequently because I want them to be an important part of my blog. I had a little blogging crisis this month and my mind was almost made up to give up, but I decided to keep doing this. Why? Well, because I want to. It was a good moment for me to question everything so I did. I came up with some conslusition of my own and one of them is that if I want to keep this blog alive and kicking, I must make it about things that interest me. That's the best motivation, doing something that you love. For example, posts with my illustrations always get the least views, but I'm keeping them here. Blogging isn't easy, it takes a lot of patience to keep it up. Taking some time to figure out why are you doing it and what is it that you want to achieve is can be very helpful. There are no right and wrong answers, just ones that are right for you in a certain moment.