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!"