“Fanfan” and “Quinze ans après” are sequels written by Alexandre Jardin, a French writer.
Fanfan, published in 1990, is an exciting book about passion, love, adultery, art, french bourgeoisie,… It tackles the question “Does routine kill Love?” According to Alexandre, the protagonist, it does. And so, when he meets Fanfan and falls crazy in love with her, he comes up with romantic, strange and inventive ways for them to spend time together under one condition: never sleep with her. He believes that it is the only way to keep the passion burning and the excitement going so that the relationship never falls into the routine and gets boring. Fanfan is at first delighted by the attention that Alexandre gives her, but she soon becomes frustrated by his unwillingness to touch her. Is Alexandre’s wish to keep Fanfan, without sleeping with her, doomed to failure..?
«Qui dit que je suis fou, ne l’a jamais été d’amour.»
[ Alexandre Jardin ] – Extrait de Fanfan
The book takes you to the depths of a crazy relationship. You will be waiting to see what happens next and if they are gonna end up together. The plot is exciting, surprising and shocking at some point. You will not see Alexandre next actions coming. Loved the end of the book… But here comes the sequel.
I don’t wanna be ruining Fanfan ending by talking about Quinze ans après. One thing to say is that it was a less-exciting read. It felt like a repetition and failed to re-create the first excitement of Fanfan.
Fanfan, the movie, was released in 1993 starring Vincent Perez and the beautiful Sophie Marceau. I didn’t watch it yet but it looks like it was a success. One review said “The portrayed characters are full of passion, of life and contradictions which makes the film very convincing – a tragedy, a comedy and a romance. Very special, very good, very french.”
So what do you think?
Does routine really kill Love? Is leaving things unfinished the only way to keep the excitement going?