‘This Is Where We Stand’ review: ‘A Great Gift’
Posted On August 3, 2021
FourFourFive article Golden Milk was the first of the many Golden Girls books that became the foundation for the new Netflix series, Golden Girls: The New Adventures of Golden Girl, which premiered in the UK last week.
I recently sat down with writer and producer Julie Klausner and co-executive producer Jodie Foster to discuss the show and the show’s reception.
The book is a perfect introduction to the Golden Girls, who first appear in The New Yorker in 1968.
As a kid, I was obsessed with them, and I think that’s one of the reasons why the show has taken off so well.
I think there’s a lot of things about this book that are so beautiful and powerful about them.
And I think the book also kind of helps to build the foundation that the show would be built upon, that they would be more grounded in reality.
That’s a nice thing, because there are so many other things to look at, like, who’s really a bad girl?
What’s the real world like?
And so on.
What Julie Klausener says about the show: There are certain aspects of the book that I think are so beautifully done, that it feels like a gift.
It’s a beautiful book.
It really has that perfect balance of love and horror.
There are very strong, very emotional moments, but also very strong moments that feel like they could be made into a show, but it’s not.
Julie Klausoner says she was always interested in exploring the darker side of the characters, especially with The New York Times, which was one of my first loves.
Julie and I talked about what that meant to us.
I’ve always wanted to write about things that are darker, and this book does a good job of it.
What the book’s not: This is a book about love.
There’s no supernatural element in it.
There is a very simple, very clear, very straightforward story, and Julie and Jod are the perfect storytellers.
And there’s no real plot twist.
I can’t even remember if there’s one.
I remember one particular moment where Julie and a friend were walking home, and she suddenly said, “We’re going to the theater, and we’re going there with these girls, but they’re all wearing costumes.”
And I was like, Oh, so they’re going with the girls in these really dark costumes.
And that’s how it started, that’s when we started getting into the writers’ room and having this conversation about how do we write about this?
How do we make it scary?
And that started to feel really important.
That was one thing Julie and me really talked about.
There was no plot twist, no one gets hurt.
There were no really major twists.
There wasn’t anything.
Julie is one of those writers who is very good at telling a story, but sometimes she has to step outside that, because it’s just too much of a chore to do that.
What we wanted to make sure we did was really clear, and then we did that with the setting.
We wanted to be very clear about the story, about how we want to set up the story and what the stakes are.
We did this very direct, very detailed, very specific thing about how to tell this story.
And so that was very important to us in terms of how it all works.
We also wanted to know that we were not trying to be scary.
I don’t want to be a character, I don to be an antagonist, I just want to have fun.
Julie says: I’ve had a lot more fun writing about this than I did writing about the original books, and that’s because I’ve spent more time writing about other people’s kids, so I know how that feels.
There have been moments in the show where I’ve just had to be so careful about how I talk about my children, and how I tell this particular story.
But I’ve also had a great time writing the show.
Julie also has a lot to say about the importance of the story.
She says: The show is about a family, but we’re also about a love story, a love between two sisters.
This show is really about how they’re not the same family, they’re two different families, and so on and so forth.
That is a great gift, that there are these very clear differences.
And it was really important to me to try to write that, and the book really helped me with that.
That being said, Julie Klausinger says, I can remember going into this show and saying, “What the hell am I supposed to do?”
Julie knows the story well.
She’s written about it, and wrote the books, but I was always really interested in it, just to try and understand what that story is.
What she’s saying is very true to her own experience of growing up