'My Brilliant Friend' Season 3: What inspired Elena to write about her best friend?

Elena takes to the internet to write about her long lost childhood friend, Lila


                            'My Brilliant Friend' Season 3: What inspired Elena to write about her best friend?
Margherita Mazzucco as Elena Greco and Gaia Girace as Lila Cerullo in 'My Brilliant Friend' (IMDb)
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HBO's third installment to the heartwarming series, 'My Brilliant Friend', is all set to premiere during the fag end of February. Created by Saverio Costanzo, the series tells the story of two best friends, Elena and Lila, and what the former resorts to when her best friend disappears out of the blue.

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The Italian series stars Margherita Mazzucco (as Elena Greco), Gaia Girace (as Lila Cerullo) in lead roles. They portray the characters of two best friends, who met in Naples, during the 1950s. Neither knew that their friendship would someday bloom into a life-changing experience. 

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What makes it hard to let go of something that once meant so much to us? Be it people, memories, keepsakes, just about anything. Down that extra piece of cake if this seems relatable. 

When you share life in its entirety with your best friend, especially during formative years, the experiences lived through become a core memory on its own. So even if you're living life at 60, a match played at 10 with your buddy will be etched in your mind for years to come.

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Such is the case for our Elena as well. Even though she was shy, calm, and the more sensitive of the two, she was drawn to Lila from their very first encounter at the age of 8. Although they were stark opposites, something about their friendship made Elena yearn for more; so much that she turned to technology to share and reminisce about the wonderful friendship she once shared with her bubbly best friend. 

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Sometimes, all we need is something gnawing at our insides to spark the creation of a masterpiece. For Elena, it was exactly this. She wondered what became of her friend, and what their lives would be like now if they were still as close as they once were.

As Elena Ferrante, the author of the book of the same name, says in The Guardian column, "The Italian word for ‘friendship’ amicizia, has the same root as the verb 'to love', amare, and a relationship between friends has the richness, the complexity, the contradictions, the inconsistencies of love". 

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And just like that, Lila and Elena too would be the true testament to that, despite both of their differences and similarities.

Season 3 of 'My Brilliant Friend' premieres on February 28, 2022, on HBO.