Princess Tiffany: Bridget Jones of the Blogs
[The Los Angeles Independent]
Script Reader and Blogger Tiffany A. Stone
ROSANNA MAH, The Independent Staff Writer 31.MAR.04
If the silver screen mythical Bridget Jones were real and living in Los Angeles, her delightfully funny diary probably could be read by anyone with access to the Internet.
Enter Tiffany Alana Stone, a literary disciple of the legendary Jack Kerouac, a professional Hollywood script reader, and unofficial queen of the ever-growing world of the Internet web logs, or blogs as they have come to be known.
Her daily updated blog, called “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” often picks up where Variety and The Hollywood Reporter leave off — or don’t even dare go — filled with irreverence, wit and a unique take on stars, celebrities and on the world of how movies are made.
Sometimes, you don’t even have to go past the headings on her posts at www.TiffanyAStone.com to appreciate the humor in her work:
“You’re So Vain, I Bet You Think This Post is About You,” for example, is the headline for Stone’s column-like post on socialite-turned-reality-TV actress Paris Hilton.
Or how about “Alicia ‘Militant Vegan’ Silverstone” for a story about actress Silverstone’s aggressive promotion of her vegan dietary lifestyle while also pitching her television series.
You can also read Stone’s diary on days in the life of a script reader, stories that provide revealing insight into the competitive, thankless job of script readers.
These are the people who actually do the reading of Hollywood screenplays for producers, agents and studios — often digesting, summarizing and breaking down a drama or comedy, sometimes under the deadline pressure of a matter of hours.
Usually, these are talented writers with their own ambitions of having their own screenplays turned into movies one day.
Enter Tiffany Stone, a graduate with a bachelor of arts in writing and literature from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colo., a school founded by the poets Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg.
But Stone makes no pretense to writing poetry.
“Come on, I’m a fiction writer,” says Stone, who has ambitions of putting her work between covers, as well as on the screen. “I mean it’s all about people and watching their habits and how they react or don’t react.”
A native of Los Angeles who now lives on the city’s Westside, Stone says she was named after the famous jewelry store, given widespread popularity in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring the late Audrey Hepburn, based on the Truman Capote novel.
She says the name became a natural for her blog website last year when she thought the practice of daily postings would help bring more discipline to her writing habits.
What she has also learned since last August is that writing about about pop culture is something she is good at.
“I find that fascinating,” says Stone, a striking beauty with long dark, brown hair and hazel eyes.
Judging from her published writings, one would imagine its author as an incorrigible martinis-slamming party-goer and sex-craved Hollywood literati — a West Coast version of Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw.
Enter the real Tiffany Stone.
“Basically everything that I write about there is based on my life experiences,” she says, “so, no, I’m not like lying when I say that I have martinis or cocktails. It just doesn’t happen every single day, [and] I don’t go out every single night.”
Also, in keeping with the idea of breakfast at Tiffany’s, Stone’s daily observations are almost always prefaced with what she had for her first meal of the day or other food comments that are almost as amusing as the penetrating and clever insights on Hollywood culture.
It has led to her widespread popularity on the Internet and among fellow bloggers.
“I definitely like living in my own world and being a creative person and being a writer,” she says. “I think I do see things kind of in a skewed way.
“What’s funny is that I don’t really think ever if I’m a funny person or if my writing is funny.” - Staff Photo by Gary McCarthy