In honor of Julia Child's 100th birthday today, I thought I'd repost something I wrote 3 years ago, almost to the day. Happy birthday, Julia!
Today instead of writing, I saw Julie &; Julia, by myself at the AMC theater in Times Square. It was probably the perfect movie to see with my "I don't feel like writing today" self. You know why? Because Julia Powell never said "I don't feel like writing today," for an entire year. And then Nora Ephron made her movie into a book. So take that, me.
I loved the movie though. I read some reviews where people said they loved the Julia Child part of the movie but not the Julie Powell part. I have to say I loved both parts. Maybe because I related so much to Julie. First of all- she lives in Queens! Long Island City to be exact.(sidenote: I used to live in Queens) She also has this subtle view that Queens is the worst possible borough to be living in throughout the movie, how it is so much less hip than Brooklyn- which I have too sometimes, but I will say this movie gave me Queens pride. Artists who live in Queens are the real deal. We can afford our 1000 square foot apartments because they are about half as much as they would by in Brooklyn- even a lot of the "bad" neighborhoods.
Sorry, I digress. So Julie Powell lives in Queens and really wants to be a writer- she has written a novel that she couldn't get published (similarity number 2!) and then starts a blog (similarity number 3!) The blog gets her writing, then attracts readers who are strangers (I don't think I have that yet) (sidenote #2: I do now!) then strangers start leaving comments, then lots and lots of comments, then an interview in the NY Times then a book deal! (That's where the similarities between us pretty much stop, but that's ok). All the while we see Julia Child laughing and cooking her way through life wanting nothing more than to find a publisher for her cook book.
I cried when Julie gets her book deal in the movie, and then again when Julia gets hers. They wanted it so badly and I want it so badly that when I see it in a movie, my face scrunches up, my hands automatically cover my mouth and I just get teary. Two women who were destined for greatness is inspiring- now that makes me want to keep writing.
I'm happy to say that three years later, although still no book deal, I AM still writing. And my blog has grow so much! Thank you so much readers, for helping me get to where I am today.
Have you seen or read Julie & Julia? What did you think?