Julie & Julia Brings Every Blogger’s Fantasy to the Big Screen

by Ron on August 17, 2009

bloggingJust about a year ago,
I set out on the road,
Seeking my fame and fortune,
Looking for a pot of gold.
~Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lodi

I saw Julie & Julia yesterday, a feel-good movie with a great performance by the amazing Meryl Streep as Julia Child, but what caught my attention beyond the Hollywood fun was that this movie was about a blogger named Julie Powell played by the adorable and talented Amy Adams. She is by turns insecure and bold like many of us who blog. She sends her transmissions into the void hoping against hope that somebody, anybody is listening. She lets her passion shine through and blogging gives her the platform to publish, the power to express, and in the end achieve every blogger’s fantasy, widespread recognition.

The Inherent Insecurity of Writing
Julie wonders why anyone would care what she has to say, but she has a passion for cooking and decides to create a blog about cooking, ripping through Julia Child’s Mastering The Art of French Cooking in 365 days. As she begins, she wonders if anyone reads her work, if anyone cares. It starts slowly as all blogs do, but over time she begins to build an audience. She gets excited when she gets her first comment, at least until she realizes it’s from her mother. Yet she slogs on because she feels this is important to her (to *her*). As she develops an audience, her focus (at least in the film) shifts from herself to worrying about letting down her readers. I’m absolutely sure that any blogger could relate to the emotions she experiences.

Living the Life
Without giving anything away–the movie was based on Julie Powell’s book after all–she achieves every blogger’s fantasy when her blog becomes a spring board to publishing a book. As though that weren’t enough, the book became this movie. Powell has attained the success that all bloggers long for in real life. I took a quick look at the Julie/Julia blog yesterday after seeing the movie and frankly didn’t think it was that great as blogs go, but it obviously touched a group of people who became entranced and wanted to be involved in Powell’s cooking quest.

Whether Powell is a great writer is really irrelevant because everyone can relate to the rags to riches to tale, and for those of us who blog, we could relate all the more. In reality, most of us won’t get to fulfill this fantasy as Powell did, but if we can ignite the kind of passion she was able to with her readers, I think most of us who blog would be more than satisfied.

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