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Exclusive: Oprah Winfrey Ruins Everything

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | May 21, 2010 |


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Remember when I wrote the other day about one of the new trends in Hollywood being movies about real people who do spectacularly dumb things in real life for one year, write about it, and get paid? The Year of Living Biblically is being made into a movie, as is Eat, Pray, Love, and so was Julie & Julia (in addition to Hodding Carter's Frugal Family, about a family that does the unbelievable: They lives on a budget. For a whole year!)

Well, this one takes the stupidity cake. There's a woman out there; her name is Robyn Okrant, a 35-year-old yoga instructor. She decided, in 2008, to live her entire life based on Oprah Winfrey's show. She bought what Oprah suggested she buy; read books recommended by Oprah; she ate and exercised according to Oprah; and even her sex life was dictated by what she saw on Oprah. I wonder if she also learned to make every single conversation she has revolve completely around herself? (To be fair, in the end, Okrant had plenty of criticisms about Oprah's lifestyle suggestions).

So, she blogged about it. Then she turned it into a book. And now she's got a movie deal. Fox has optioned the rights to the book, and the priority project is currently in revisions. Kara Holden -- who wrote The Opposite of Love, a project currently in development with Anne Hathaway attached -- wrote the first draft. There is no director attached yet.

And here's my favorite review, from Amazon.com reviewer, Wella, who I think hit the nail on the head here and appropriately used all caps in her review.

SHE IS BRAINWASHED AND CONTROLLED BY GAYLE AND OPRAH. THERE ARE HYPNOTIC SUGGESTIONS ENCRYPTED WITHIN THE SENTENCES. DO NOT BY THIS BOOK! EVIL LURKS WITHIN!

Evil, indeed. Do not "by" this book, folks. And don't "by" a movie ticket, either.


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