Has Eat, Pray, Love Spawned Copycat Soul Searchers?

Eat, Pray, Lies: Has It Really Spawned Copycat Soul Searchers?

"The women who read Eat, Pray, Love are not anybody that anyone needs to be afraid of. They’re the nicest, gentlest — most kind of lonely, divorced . . . like people who have been through disappointment and are really nice and polite."

That's Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, describing the book's readership. What she doesn't call them is desperate. Does she have to? Yet considering how the movie is being marketed — 400 product tie-ins made of tea, satchels, and age-defying creams — desperate is how the machine behind the EPL brand esteems them.

The New York Post would have us believe the book and now movie spawned a trend of women looking for themselves abroad only to come home empty-selved. Yet it provides one example: a 53-year-old who journeyed to the same Indian ashram as Gilbert but started it a decade before the book came out — not exactly copycat soul searching.

That said, I wouldn't let any of this stop you from registering to win STA's Eat Pray Love giveaway. It's a "21-day trip for one to Italy, India, and Bali – just like the movie!"

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