Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Eat, Pray, Be Jealous

I read "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert back when it had a seat on bestseller lists and book clubs everywhere were discussing it. The only thing I didn't like about the book is that I didn't write it first. Oh, I suppose I could nitpick a bit and come up with another item or two that I didn't like, but why bother.

Now the movie is set to debut and I find I'm still really bummed that I wasn't the one who first wrote "Eat, Pray, Love." So forgive me if I sound a little jealous and petty, but you know what kind of bugs me? The fact that the movie, ipso facto the book, is described as "one woman's year-long solo trip around the globe."

Didn't the author go to Italy, India, and Bali? That is three countries, not around the globe. And, yes, I know, Bali is not a country -- Indonesia is the country. In fact, didn't she fly from the east coast of the United States to Italy and return to the U.S. before heading out to India then Bali? That makes it even less so "around the globe."

As they are with math, American schoolchildren are famously bad at geography. I expect more from movie and book reviewers and the marketing people at Sony Pictures. Could be I'm not remembering the book's itinerary so well. Maybe my jealousy is clouding my memory.