the green cafe

Adrinette Month Day 5: Coffee Shop Au 

Back to working loosely haha I enjoy it far too much 8]

He didn’t know when she started sitting there, every morning at eight, with a cup of coffee in her hands. He only knew when he started remembering her. 

Sometimes she was with someone–a friend, he hoped–but most times, she was alone, sitting contentedly with her beverage, enjoying her own company. 

He never could quite muster up the courage to go up to her–what was he going to say? “Hey, I’ve been watching you drink coffee every morning as I walk to work, how’s it going?” Yeah, that’s not a bit creepy.

So one day, when it was down-pouring, and he went his way to work, believing fully that perhaps today, he might not get to see her, he was surprised to find he was wrong. There she was, wearing a bright red raincoat–but no umbrella.

And he finally found his chance.

AUGUST 12: Fried Green Tomatoes is published (1987)

Published on this day in 1987, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg is an oft-overlooked and sanitized classic of lesbian literature. Weaving across time, the novel follows a bored 1980s housewife by the name of Evelyn Couch as she rediscovers her passion for life through hearing the tales of two women who unapologetically lived and loved in 1930s Alabama.

While visiting her mother-in-law at the Rose Terrace Nursing Home, Evelyn Couch meets an old woman named Ninny Threadgoode. Dealing with her own issues of depression and loneliness, Evelyn ignores the chatty Mrs. Threadgoode’s old stories at first, but with visit after visit she slowly but surely gets drawn in by the stories of Mrs. Threadgoode’s hometown of Whistle Stop, Alabama, the beloved long-gone Whistle Stop Café, and the love story of the two women who ran it – Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison. Taken in by the Threadgoode family from a young age, Ninny was given a front seat view of a decades-spanning drama; after her big brother is unexpectedly killed, tomboy Idgie is consumed by grief. It is only when an out-of-towner named Ruth Jamison comes to stay with the family  that Idgie is shaken out of her sadness and dives headfirst into a love affair with Ruth. Before long, Ruth is forced to return home to Valdosta, Georgia and fulfill her promise of marrying the wealthy Frank Bennett, but once Idgie discovers that Ruth is being abused by her new husband, Ruth is rescued and Frank Bennett mysteriously goes missing.

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Although the words “lesbian” or “gay” are never used in the novel, it is obvious from the story that Idgie and Ruth are a couple; from the multiple “I love you”s to the fact that they raise a child together, the novel doesn’t waste time grappling with the idea of lesbians in the 1930s or going over the obvious homophobia they must have faced, but instead gives readers a nostalgic and endearing love story. When the novel was adapted into an Academy Award winning movie in 1991, the writers left in all the intriguing bits of death, murder, and depression, but Idgie and Ruth were gal pal-ed hard. In the film, the writers changed the story where Ruth was the grieving girlfriend of Buddy Threadgoode – the dead older brother – and Idgie was constantly turning down marriage proposals by the good ole’ country boys who just couldn’t get over the fact that she ~wasn’t like the other girls. Today, it is this version of the story that is most remembered and cherished by audiences and although the true, lesbian version of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café has been forgotten and buried under the legacy of its sanitized film adaptation, this only further proves the old saying: the book is always better than the movie.

-LC