Fictional depictions of jealousy
June 15, 2016 8:47 AM   Subscribe

Looking for examples of songs/films/books/tv - anything really - which depict or explore jealousy - in particular retroactive jealousy, or relationships haunted by the ghost of someone from the past.

A couple that come to mind already, which are books with film/tv adaptations, are Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and The Night Watch by Sarah Waters. Any more suggestions?
posted by Nilehorse to Media & Arts (40 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
An American Tragedy
posted by meggie78 at 8:52 AM on June 15, 2016


Othello
posted by paper chromatographologist at 8:54 AM on June 15, 2016 [4 favorites]


Eyes Wide Shut
posted by griphus at 8:58 AM on June 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


The Sun Also Rises
posted by whoiam at 8:58 AM on June 15, 2016


Jealousy by Liz Phair
posted by Lucinda at 9:01 AM on June 15, 2016


The final short story of James' Joyce's "Dubliners" - "The Dead" is about a man coming to terms with his wife's ex-lover (among other things). It explores both jealousy and shame.
posted by Dressed to Kill at 9:01 AM on June 15, 2016 [6 favorites]


Oh! Also the novella "Eyes Wide Shut" was based on, by Arthur Schnitzler called "Dream Story"
posted by Dressed to Kill at 9:02 AM on June 15, 2016


The Winter's Tale. The original play is a bit all over the place, but there is a fantastic Royal Ballet version which is on YouTube, and available as a DVD (you can get away with a lot of narrative inconsistency in ballet).
posted by tinkletown at 9:03 AM on June 15, 2016


Harry Potter has some good jealousy examples, especially in the later books.

Harry being jealous of Dean/Hermione being jealous of Lavender in Order of the Phoenix
Ron being jealous of Harry in the Deathly Hallows
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 9:07 AM on June 15, 2016


beyonce's lemonade, at least the first half. also her song/video 'jealous' from the previous album.
posted by nadawi at 9:43 AM on June 15, 2016 [1 favorite]




The movie Chasing Amy.
posted by luckynerd at 9:57 AM on June 15, 2016 [2 favorites]




Jism by Tindersticks.
The Ghost In You by the Psychedelic Furs - the jealousy is subtle but it does tie into the ghost aspect.
Lucky You by the National.
Famous Blue Raincoat by Leonard Cohen.
Mr. Brightside by the Killers.
posted by Candleman at 10:14 AM on June 15, 2016


Pretty In Pink
posted by rhizome at 10:18 AM on June 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.
posted by hazyjane at 10:20 AM on June 15, 2016


Approximately 75% of In Search of Lost Time is about jealousy. Read Proust and you will gag on the subject.
posted by praemunire at 10:22 AM on June 15, 2016 [2 favorites]




Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca
posted by shothotbot at 10:44 AM on June 15, 2016


Ulysses for sure - anywhere Blazes Boylan pops up
posted by Ted Maul at 10:47 AM on June 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Hey Jealousy by the Gin Blossoms
posted by lyssabee at 11:19 AM on June 15, 2016 [1 favorite]




Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit is a "light-hearted" look at that sort of thing. (I do hate to use the word light-hearted considering the plot but there is no doubt the play is a comedy) It has actual ghosts.
posted by GilvearSt at 11:43 AM on June 15, 2016


American Psycho, Indecent proposal
posted by LaunchBox at 11:52 AM on June 15, 2016


The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante.
posted by dudleian at 12:00 PM on June 15, 2016


Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb
posted by perhapses at 12:11 PM on June 15, 2016


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
posted by fuse theorem at 12:16 PM on June 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


The Black Mirror episode: "The Entire History of You"

I had just broken up with my girlfriend and this hit hard. The one/two punch of that and "be right back".....
posted by kbbbo at 12:21 PM on June 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Robyn Hitchcock's My Wife and My Dead Wife
posted by jabes at 12:40 PM on June 15, 2016


I Want You, Elvis Costello song, performed by Fiona Apple. One of the scarier songs I know. Original Elvis version's also quite good.
posted by Diablevert at 12:55 PM on June 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Raymond Carver -- many of his stories, but most obviously "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love"
posted by EtTuHealy at 1:12 PM on June 15, 2016


Sting's every breath you take
posted by 15L06 at 1:49 PM on June 15, 2016


Crimson Peak
posted by griphus at 4:42 PM on June 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Madame Bovary
Anna Karenina
posted by Dashy at 7:05 PM on June 15, 2016


Thanks so much, these are great suggestions! I am very glad I made the question any media, because I have some really diverse and interesting things to explore now.
posted by Nilehorse at 11:39 PM on June 15, 2016


The Real Thing, by Tom Stoppard, is mostly about the dynamics of sexual jealousy.
posted by Aravis76 at 3:37 AM on June 16, 2016


On the retroactive note, Jealousy by Natalie Merchant ends with the line:

"Does she talk the way I do? Is her voice reminding you
Of the promises, the little white lies too?
Sometimes, tell me while she's touching you
Just by mistake, accidentally do you say my name?"


On a more positive note, the song Darkness Between the Fireflies by Mason Jennings talks about the importance of appreciating the past for bringing you the present, rather than being jealous of it.
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 5:52 AM on June 16, 2016


The other day, my lovely wife and I attended a performance of the opera Carmen. Jealousy is a central element of the story's conflict.
posted by Gelatin at 7:28 AM on June 16, 2016


This made me remember Charles Bukowski's short story "You Kissed Lilly" from the book Hot Water Music. Someone has copied it into their live journal here.
posted by leibniz at 2:59 PM on June 16, 2016


I'm seeing the Winter's Tale tonight and your question popped into my head. Loentes, from that play, is another answer to your question.
posted by paper chromatographologist at 10:39 AM on April 7, 2017


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