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Posts Tagged ‘Julia Child’

Julie Powell’s Advice For Bloggers

JuliePowell810.jpgOn Friday, we discussed Julie Powell, her blog, her book and the movie that came out of it: Julie & Julia.

Today on mediabistro.com features an interview with Powell about why she started her blog, why her blog attracted such a large following and how it helped her to become a better writer. Powell also offers five tips for developing a personal blog that will interest the public:

1. Use blogs to develop your voice and become a working writer. “Blogging was absolutely responsible for me developing my voice and becoming a working writer. I don’t know that I would have ever gotten to that place on my own.”

2. Identify a blog’s appeal, and build on content that keeps readers involved. “I saw from comments and people really getting involved in the personal aspect of the story that this is where the heart of it is — in how the food is intersecting with this particular life at this particular time. That’s what people are coming back for. That’s what creates the suspense.”

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Julie and Julia (and Joan) and Bloggers

Julia and Julie is the second Meryl Streep film with Amy Adams. It’s directed by Huffington Post blogger Nora Ephron, who also wrote the screenplay. It’s based on a book by Julia Powell who wrote a blog on Salon.com about cooking her way through the entire Julia Child‘s cook book.

Got all that?

Okay, so Salon.com’s editor-in-chief is one Joan Walsh. We stalk/follow her on Twitter. She was asked about the film coming out this weekend and tweeted:
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Salon is featured prominently through out the film. Second only to the food and the two functional relationships of the main characters.

We say Julia and Julia is the Patterson clip for loyal and adoring (yet not cardboard) husbands. There have been many sightings but never before have they been caught on film.

Anyway, the question is, is this the end of the onslaught of “gimmick” memoirs? There was a solid five years where everyone was giving up something or taking up something for a year and writing about it. Will this blogger-heavy near-perfect movie mark the death of that trend or a new emergence?

Julie Powell Leads Bloggers To The Silver Screen

juliepowell.jpgThis week, Editor & Publisher asked readers what their favorite journalism- or newspaper-based movies were. It got us thinking. Lots of our favorite movies revolve around newspaper writers and their lives in and out of the newsroom. From Citizen Kane, to His Girl Friday, to All the President’s Men to Runaway Bride and 27 Dresses.

Magazines get a lot of play, too, as magazine offices were considered quite glamorous pre-recession. Just look at The Devil Wears Prada, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days or Confessions of a Shopaholic, to point to a few recent favs.

As journalism evolves, the journalism-related movies will evolve as well. Just look at Julie & Julia, a movie based on a book that evolved out of a blog. The movie, which opens today, is based on a book of the same name written by Julie Powell, who started a blog to track her year-long quest to cook every recipe in Julia Child‘s quintessential cook book, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”

Back in December 2006, Powell spoke on a mediabistro.com panel about turning blogs into books. “I got really, really lucky,” Powell said about her book deal.

“I found blogging was a really freeing medium for me,” she went on, “because of the feedback, because of the fact that I didn’t have to worry about — for me, endings are really difficult for me, and with blogs I didn’t have to worry about that.”

You can check out the whole panel, or just watch a little preview featuring Powell, here.

“Julie & Julia” is getting some good and some mixed reviews. Will you be going to see it this weekend? What are some of your favorite journalism-related movies?