How to be Single Around the World
Rarely a week goes by where my friends and I don’t make a reference to the NY Times bestseller He’s Just Not That into You when it comes to men. So when I saw this post about the French reaction (or lack there of) to the book on the blog Polly-Vous Francais, I quickly became further obsessed with the whole “phenomenon.” Co-author Liz Tuccillo created a series of webisodes to try to figure out why her book barely got picked up in France, and then hardly sold. She quickly realized that perhaps the French have a few things figured out that Americans don’t. I think Jonnifer said it best in the comments of P-VF: “The adaptation of the book’s title says it all: the American He’s Not That Into You became [Laisse Tomber, Il Te Mérite Pas] “Let It Go, He Doesn’t Deserve You” in France. Those sound like two different books!”
November 12, 2008 at 5:45 pm //
The French take on this book is fascinating! I agree, American women need to relax and stop over-thinking every detail. Yet another reason why I love the French!!! Tres bien fait!!!!
November 12, 2008 at 10:30 pm //
So interesting! Thanks for the link. It looks like she had so much fun trying to figure this out! :)
November 14, 2008 at 3:11 am //
Wow, I started watching the webisodes, and it was very funny! I always said that I couldn’t believe people really needed a book to tell them that ‘he’s just not that into you’. Sigh… I love Paris
November 15, 2008 at 11:53 pm //
I was more stunned at how loud and over the top the author was, I managed to overlook it and get into the Frenchies. She obviously amused the French. I love the French, they’re so “nice-nasty”. It’s true, American women stress out in a relationship and French women have a more relaxed attitude, but then again, everyone is having sex everywhere in France (so true!) so who gives a hoot? Ha! Loved it! Definitely hope that she does in Italy.
November 17, 2008 at 5:03 am //
Cool! I have her novel How to be Single, wherein the character travels the world asking questions about love and sex, but somehow missed that these webisodes exist! I like your blog.
November 19, 2008 at 8:45 am //
I think you are destined to return to Paris. Me too, and I haven’t even left yet.
I just went to Cafe de l’Industrie for the first time yesterday. So cool.
I love your blog. (And I want to know the secret to the cut-out font of your banner! )
Prêt à Voyager
November 19, 2008 at 7:13 pm //
Thanks, Polly! Isn’t Cafe de L’Industrie great!?!?! I lived SO closed to it, I can’t believe I didn’t go there more (oh yeah, cause I was poor as dirt at the time).
p.s. The magic of “paths” in InDesign is how I made my cutouts using Paris photos :)