I love facebook. And I’m not just talking about the aspect of it that allows you to stalk your ex-boyfriend’s walls (um, more on that some other time!). I’m referring to the networking part. Over the weekend, one of my all-time favorite Chick Lit authors, Emily Giffin (her next novel, Heart of the Matter, hits Barnes & Noble May 11th, 2010), asked for opinions on who should be cast in the movie that’s being made from her New York Times Bestselling DEBUT novel, Something Borrowed. I confidently said “um, no” to Kate Hudson as Darcy and “hell yes” to Ginnifer Goodwin as Rachel. And then I went back to making my breakfast.
You’ve got to love the convenience of facebook!
And recently Allison Winn Scotch (another of my absolute favorite Chick Lit authors!) who wrote The Department of Lost & Found and Time of My Life (also optioned to be made into a movie—cannot wait!) posted a link on her Facebook wall with the first chapter of her highly anticipated third novel, The One that I Want (Hitting Barnes & Noble June 2010) and I was able to comment and tell her what I loved about it. And then I went back to putting the finishing touches on my own second novel I’m writing with Liz Fenton. You can’t buy that kind of exposure to an author who has inspired you!
Dear facebook, please don’t start charging a membership fee!
And it was through Facebook that I met Laura Dave (Chick Lit author again—are you seeing a trend here?) who wrote London is the Best City in America and The Divorce Party (also optioned to become a movie!) and was able to have a joint book signing in Los Angeles with her and get invaluable advice about the publishing world. Thanks, Laura!
Sure, facebook can be annoying. Who cares what level of corn someone has achieved on Farmville or if someone became a fan of Whitey’s ice cream (although it is DELISH). And sure, it can get old when “that certain relative” posts inappropriate things on your wall. (Do you know who you are? You should!) But for me, it’s been an awesome experience (if you don’t count that old classmate who started asking me to join every group under the sun until I finally had to block her—sorry!). And I’m excited that I can now call some of the greatest Chick Lit authors out there my “friends” (Carole Matthews, Rowan Coleman, Sophie Kinsella, Liza Palmer, Jane Green, Megan Crane, Kristin Harmel, and debut Chick Lit author Sarah Pekkanen (whose novel, The Opposite of Me will hit Barnes & Noble March 9th). The list goes on and I’m thankful to have *met* you all!
I probably don't have to ask if you share my love of facebook, but I'm curious: who would YOU cast in the upcoming made-from-chick-lit movies?
Lisa Steinke, along with her best friend Liz Fenton, co-authored the chick lit novel I’ll Have Who She’s Having and co-created the popular Chick Lit blog, Chick Lit is Not Dead.