Unraveling the Human Experience: A Writer’s Perspective on Ryan Murphy’s Feud: Bette and Joan

As a writer, I am constantly seeking narratives that explore the intricacies of the human condition. That’s why I find myself repeatedly drawn to Ryan Murphy’s series “Feud,” particularly the first season, “Bette and Joan.” That, and as a gay man, of course I’m drawn to a story about Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) brawling it out. For my generation, its the old Hollywood equivalent to watching Alexis and Crystal catfight it out on Dynasty. But this series doesn’t merely offer a fascinating tale. It serves as a mirror, reflecting our own experiences, rivalries, and internal struggles. “Feud: Bette and Joan” chronicles one of Hollywood’s most legendary rivalries: the one between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during the making of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” What makes this feud so intriguing and relatable isn’t the surface-level animosity. It’s the underlying pain that fuels it. Having watched “Bette and Joan” multiple times, each viewing unveils a new layer and a fresh understanding of these complex characters. The rivalry between Davis and Crawford was not born out of hate but out of pain, as stated in the first episode by Oliva de Havilland (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones). Their READ MORE