Few people may know this, but when I first had the idea to start a blog my husband was pretty against it. He was under the impression that if I started a blog in which I shared some of my innermost thoughts then I would have no reason to talk to him anymore (I also had my reservations). We talked about things I would and would not include and eventually both came to the realization that following our guidelines, the advantages of me writing on here outweigh the disadvantages. One main this is that we always talk about what I’m going to write before I write it. He’s always my first reviewer.
This post included!
Fast forward to this past weekend, on the plane ride to California for Thanksgiving and what movie is playing? No other than Julie and Julia, the movie about the blogger that attempts to make all of Julia Child’s 500-some odd recipes in a year (while getting a book deal and a movie in the process). My husband tuned in just in time to see the SPOILER ALERT scene where she fights with her husband. “OOHhh this IS the perfect movie for us to watch!” he said (referring to his initial hypothesis that sharing too many personal thoughts on the web without consulting your husband will eventually tear a couple apart). The end of the movie came and went, leaving us wondering what exactly it was supposed to be about (cooking? following your dreams? being a blogger and making money?) and just generally unimpressed.
I hadn’t thought much of it until today when in (another) fit of procrastination, I thought, “Hey, why don’t I look up that blog of her’s?” So, I did and GUESS WHAT I FOUND?
This scathing review of her second book, Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession, tells it like it is (and rather harshly). Apparently her second book just came out like, yesterday, and its all about how she had an affair the year after the first book came out. It was originally supposed to come out this past August with the movie, but the producer (rightly) anticipated the backlash from the audience that they would be significantly less likely to “root for Julie” in the movie and for her continued success at making all the recipes if they knew she was just a power/fame hungry, lying writer and that her angelically portrayed husband eventually gets screwed over. Although her reasons for wanting to start the blog in the first place were rather transparently hidden (it appears as though she just wants to be famous like her more successful friend and uses the Julia Child idea as a starting block) apparently her quest for fame eventually led her to cheat on her husband and compare it to meat for the premise of a second book too. At least that’s what the review asserts. Odd, huh?
So, I guess Julia Child had a reason to dislike her (as the movie suggests). Julia Child could apparently smell a rat. And in the words of my husband: Go Team Julia!