History Literature / FriedGreenTomatoesAtTheWhistleStopCafe

1st Apr '16 10:59:36 AM Bergamot
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the novel, Ninny describes herself as a very tall, handsome, big-boned woman who is still rather large and robust even in old age. In the film she's played by fragile, bird-like Jessica Tandy, who was [[IWasQuiteALooker quite a looker when she was young].

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the novel, Ninny describes herself as a very tall, handsome, big-boned woman who is still rather large and robust even in old age. In the film she's played by fragile, bird-like Jessica Tandy, who was [[IWasQuiteALooker quite a looker when she was young].young]].
1st Apr '16 10:59:03 AM Bergamot
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* AdaptationalMakeover: In the novel, Ninny describes herself as a very tall, big-boned woman who is still rather large and robust even in old age. In the film she's played by fragile, bird-like Jessica Tandy.

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* AdaptationalMakeover: AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the novel, Ninny describes herself as a very tall, handsome, big-boned woman who is still rather large and robust even in old age. In the film she's played by fragile, bird-like Jessica Tandy.Tandy, who was [[IWasQuiteALooker quite a looker when she was young].
1st Apr '16 10:55:49 AM Bergamot
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* AdaptationalMakeover: In the novel, Ninny describes herself as a very tall, big-boned woman who is still rather large and robust even in old age. In the film she's played by fragile, bird-like Jessica Tandy.



* AssholeVictim: Frank Benett. '''Nobody''' gave a damn that this man died, not even the judge presiding over Idgie and Big George's trial, who was actually quite happy that the man was dead.

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* AssholeVictim: Frank Benett.Bennett. '''Nobody''' gave a damn that this man died, not even the judge presiding over Idgie and Big George's trial, who was actually quite happy that the man was dead.



* BeeAfraid: Averted. Idgie can walk right up to a bee hive, jam her hand in it, and rip out a fist full of honeycombs without getting stung. As a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the actress in the movie, their stunt double couldn't do the scene that day, so she decided to do it herself for real.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: What really happened to Frank Bennet? Did he just take off into the night? Drown himself? Or [[spoiler: did the sweet tiny elderly black woman he had knocked out moments before crack his head with a frying pan, then serve his roasted flesh as pork in the cafe?]] Or maybe he just went fishing.
* BrickJoke: Sipsey can't stand to see the heads of dead animals, so she buries them in the garden, which makes the vegetables grow big. Later, Dot Weems can't figure out how Sipsey grew butterbeans the size of silver dollars. [[spoiler: Sipsey also buries Frank Bennet's head there.]]

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* BeeAfraid: Averted. Idgie can walk right up to a bee hive, beehive, jam her hand in it, and rip out a fist full of honeycombs without getting stung. As (Became a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the actress Mary Stuart Masterson in the movie, their movie: her stunt double couldn't do quit the day before the bee scene, so Masterson performed the scene that day, so she decided to do it herself for real.
herself, without being stung.)
* BewareTheNiceOnes: What really happened to Frank Bennet? Bennett? Did he just take off into the night? Drown himself? Or [[spoiler: did the sweet tiny elderly black woman he had knocked out moments before crack his head with a frying pan, then serve his roasted flesh as pork in the cafe?]] Or maybe he just went fishing.
* BrickJoke: Sipsey can't stand to see the heads of dead animals, so she buries them in the garden, which makes the vegetables grow big. Later, Dot Weems can't figure out how Sipsey grew butterbeans the size of silver dollars. [[spoiler: Sipsey also buries Frank Bennet's Bennett's head there.there, where it is only discovered decades later.]]



* DoorstopBaby: Of a sort. A woman dares not come home with a child because her husband has been in prison for years. Sipsie, who has always wanted a child, races down to the train station to get it. She names the baby George.

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* DoorstopBaby: Of a sort. A woman dares not come home with a child because her husband has been in prison for years. Sipsie, who has always wanted a child, races down to the train station to get it. She names the baby George.George after George Pullman, inventor of the Pullman railroad car.



* TheLadette: Idgie is rough and tomboyish and lives in the woods for a time.

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* TheLadette: From childhood, Idgie abhorred all things girly to the point that she nearly ruined her sister's wedding by [[RealWomenDontWearDresses refusing to wear a bridemaid's dress]] (though she acquiesced when offered green velvet knee pants as a substitute). She hunts, fishes, drinks, smokes, plays poker, jumps trains, swears like a sailor, has BoyishShortHair, is rough not afraid to start a fistfight, and tomboyish and lives in the woods for a time.most of her friends are men.


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* UnkemptBeauty: In spite of her tomboyish attire, Idgie attracts her share of male interest in the book, and in the film she is portrayed by the golden tousled hair and arresting jawline of Mary Stuart Masterson.
7th Mar '16 12:58:22 AM TompaDompa
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* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Between Idgie and Ruth. See also AmbiguouslyGay.
23rd Dec '15 8:00:58 AM catmuto
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* DomesticAbuse: Frank Bennett beats Ruth Jameson.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: To most younger readers, who are brought up in a world where political correctness is highly valued, the easy way that the characters in the book use the word nigger is very strange and highly offensive. Absolutely justified, though, as that was how people talked to black people in the early parts of the 20th century, even with people like Grady, who liked Big George and his family, but talked more down to him, when he was surrounded by other police officers.
** Ninny saying what a courageous thing it was of Ruth to leave her husband. With divorce rates being rather common, some might think it's not that big and think the courage comes from leaving an ''abusive'' husband and fear of retaliation. But then one remembers that Ruth left her husband in the 1930s, where divorce was a ''huge'' No-No and 'when you got married, you ''stayed'' married'.
* DomesticAbuse: Frank Bennett beats Ruth Jameson.Jamieson.
22nd Dec '15 3:19:50 AM catmuto
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* WhamLine: Mrs Threadgoode says a line early on that makes Evelyn really pay attention to what she's been blathering on about.
--> '''Mrs Threadgoode:''' "She was a character all right, but how anybody ever could have thought that she killed that man is beyond me."
22nd Dec '15 3:14:26 AM catmuto
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* NeverMessWithGranny: Sipsie.

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* NeverMessWithGranny: Sipsie.Sipsey.


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* PlotHole: The novel has a conversation taking place between Stump and Idgie in October 1947, with Idgie saying that Ruth is at the school. A later chapter reveals that Ruth died ''February'' 1947.
21st Dec '15 8:20:33 AM catmuto
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* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: In the novel, Idgie and Stump were out collecting leaves and pinecones for Ruth's sick-room when she died.
21st Dec '15 8:03:35 AM catmuto
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* TapOnTheHead: Justified, [[spoiler: Frank Bennet]] died after a one smack on the head with a frying pan. A very heavy, iron frying pan that weighed about 5 pounds and [[spoiler: swung by a woman with both hands]].



* UnreliableNarrator: Did Idgie really [[spoiler: serve that body as barbecue to customers]]? Maybe, maybe not. Ninny isn't about to let facts and details get in the way of a good story, so we may never know. This applies to pretty much everything she says to Evelyn.

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* UnreliableNarrator: Did Idgie really really, knowingly [[spoiler: serve that body as barbecue to customers]]? Maybe, maybe not. Ninny isn't about to let facts and details get in the way of a good story, so we may never know. This applies to pretty much everything she says to Evelyn.
22nd Nov '15 2:19:29 AM MrInitialMan
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*AgitatedItemStomping: Buddy "Stump" Jamison stomps an erector set he got for Christmas flat. While this is treated like a temper tantrum, an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erector_Set Erector Set]]--which uses nuts and bolts--is a rather thoughtless gift to give a ''one-armed'' kid.
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