Eat Pray Love – Bestseller: Before the Movie

Italian Flower PastaIn 2007 when I brought the New York Times bestselling memoir Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert on a summer trip to Europe, I had no idea that I would end up reading parts of her story while actually visiting Italy – one of the book’s captivating settings!

Since this novel is based on true adventures for Gilbert, I suddenly became engrossed with noticing details as she did while I roamed the streets in a small town in Italy.

I knew that if enjoying simple pleasures like gelato or pasta could be that life-changing and descriptive for her that they could be for me as well (and they were). I began to eat gelato at odd hours and pasta a few times a day and found myself appreciating her vivid journey as I connected with the pleasures of taste and texture as she once had.

Fast forward from that memorable summer in 2007 (a year after the book’s release) to now, 2010, when this delectable, divine and desirable written story comes to life in a block-buster film starring Julia Roberts!

This movie will surely fill my mind with vibrant visuals as she tries to convey Gilbert’s journey as her own on screen in front of millions of readers like me.

My trepadation is simple. Will watching the movie change how I feel about this beloved book I personally connected to? Despite my hesitation my curiosity will surely out win and I will go see, “Eat Pray Love.”

Below is an interview with Gilbert before the movie was made about her reflections on the bestseller and spending that fateful year of her life in Italy, India and Indonesia.

Interview with Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat, Pray, Love bestselling author

Prayer Beads - like the ones featured in Eat Pray LoveGilbert’s memoir captured my heart. Will the movie do the same for me? Will I feel connected to the screen the way I was connected to the pages that summer?

Gilbert’s novel was a New York Times Best Seller as “Paperback Nonfiction” for over 182 weeks. With over seven million copies in print, and lord knows how many downloads for kindle, this movie will surely be seen by millions across America and beyond.

I’m on a mission now to ask readers like me, what they thought about the movie, and if they were glad to have read the book first. I’ll report back what my findings are after I see the movie as well.

Grazie, Namaste, & Terima kasih,


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5 Responses to Eat Pray Love – Bestseller: Before the Movie

  • JenCannPro says:

    What a wonderful perspective you were afforded reading Eat Pray Love while traveling abroad! My book club is currently reading and will see the movie for our next meeting. I too have the same fear about seeing a movie after reading, well, almost any book they make a movie out of, but especially this one! I will be sure to check back to read your thoughts. Meanwhile, the Gemini Book Club better get out to see it quick!

  • Great blog, Amber! I enjoyed this book very much, but I have not yet seen the movie. I look forward to it!

  • Ellery Kassel says:

    I remember my mom trying to get me to read this book for so long after her book club read it…and when I finally did, I LOVED it! I haven’t had the chance to see the movie yet, but I’m excited to see how it compares to the book. Great insight, Amber! I’m glad I read this before seeing the movie =)

  • Durga Andre says:

    Amber, I think you’ve gotten the best of the Eat, Pray, Love experience already. So savor that. I felt the same way about the book. I was especially impressed with the eloquent and accurate way Elizabeth Gilbert described the guru-disciple relationship and ashram environment in the book. The movie didn’t do this or, frankly, any of the other parts of the journey justice. It left me hungry and flat. But, see for yourself…..

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