But yeah, I second your love for The Secret History. I re-read it on an annual basis (I was fifteen the first time I read it) and keep finding new depths and layers. I know a great portion of it by heart. SUCH a good book, such vivid characters. I'm a bit ashamed to admit that I've been in love with every single one of the main characters at one point. Henry remains my number one, though. It's interesting AJane should mention Bret Easton Ellis earlier, because Ellis and Tartt actually went to college together. Hampden College is loosely based on the actual college they went to (I can't for the life of me remember the name, but I know it wasn't Camden, as Ellis will have us believe in Lunar Park), and Tartt wrote most of The Secret History during her years there. I had the great privilege of meeting her and chatting with her upon the release of The Little Friend, and when I told her that I decided to study Latin and the Classics as a direct consequence of reading The Secret History, she laughed and told me that she HATED Latin back at school and spent many hours when she should have been paying attention in class outlining her novel. She's one of the nicest people I've ever met: super-sweet, witty, and polite with heaps of Southern charm. (She's got a very distinct Southern accent.) And she's tiny: I felt like a giant standing next to her!
It's funny you should say that, because there has been an ongoing discussion online regarding which actors should play the characters for the last ten years or so. Apparently, Alan Pakula had bought the movie rights, but he passed away in a car accident and ever since it's been up in the air. Last I heard, Gwyneth Paltrow's brother Jake had bought the rights. I sincerely hope this means Gwyneth won't play Camilla. She has to realise she's at least ten years too old, right?Ooooh, I absolutely love The Secret History - I've read my copy to tatters. (Wouldn't it make a fabulous movie, if the right screenwriter and director got ahold if it?)
I've always thought of Bunny as a young(er) Philip Seamour Hoffman, and the actor who plays David on Six Feet Under looks exactly like I picture Henry. Initially I thought of Tobey Maguire as the ideal Richard, but even he is getting on the older side now. After all, the characters are supposed to be twenty years old.
Any other takers?
Anyway, sorry for digressing; I tend to get excited whenever I talk about this particular novel. I wonder if she's working on yet another one? She's written some great essays - there's one in particular about cheerleading that's absolutely amazing.
ETA: Bennington. The college they went to is called Bennington. Isn't Camden where The Rules of Attraction takes place?