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Buzz Book Club: Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

Buzz Book Club: The End of Julie and Julia

Hey Buzz Book Club readers! Have you finished Julie and Julia? I'm excited to chat about this final section, even though I'm still in a food coma from feasting yesterday. I have to say, I can't believe Julie really pulls this thing off!

Here's how the Book Club goes if you're new: Every week I suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, was every Friday in November). In these weekly Book Club posts, I posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comment section.

I'll fill you in on my December book soon. For now, to discuss the final section of Julie and Julia, in which we read from the chapter titled "Sweet Smell of Failure" to the end of the book, just

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  1. In the last section, the connection between Julie and Julia finally clicked for me. If you were Julia Child, how do you think you'd feel about what Julie was doing? Would you feel honored, or would you think it was a sham?
  2. Are you surprised Julie got so much attention and fame from the blog?
  3. Also on the topic of the attention she garnered: Do you think celebrity changes things like this? When her face is out there and she's no longer so anonymous, do you think there's something lost?
  4. Can you picture Meryl Streep as Julia and Amy Adams as Julie? What changes do you think you'd make to the book to make it a successful movie?
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gramercygirl84 gramercygirl84 7 years
1. If I were Julia, I would be flattered and happy that someone of a younger generation was honoring my work by making what could be seen as very outdated cooking relevant for a new audience. However, I could see how Julia, upon hearing about Julie's Project through various media sources without having checked it out herself (probably) would think that Julie wasn't taking Julia's work seriously. Bottom line is I could see both sides of the coin, but I loved how Julie didn't measure her success or self-worth on gaining Julia's approval. I really think she ultimatley handled the news in an amazingly healthy and positive way. 2. I'm not surprised at all by the amount of attention Julie got from the blog. She was one of the first bloggers out there and was clearly feeding the blog beast (excuse the pun) on almost a daily basis, and so built up a following of "Bleaders" and proved that she was a dedicated blogger (which we all know is a major component of successful blogging), not one just jumping on a trend. 3. I don't think fame or celebrity changes the nature of the thing, at least not in this case. I don't think anonymity was key in this kind of situation. Plus, I think it adds something to know that she was a young woman struggling to find her identity, place and purpose in the world--so relatable. 4. The Amazing Meryl as Julia Child? Absolutely. She is the best kind of chameleon. Amy Adams on the other hand, is adorable but not the way I picture a butter-enhanced Julie. But I think Amy is a good actress and I will hold out hope that she will do Julie justice. I wonder how Julie feels about Amy Adams playing her! It must be strange to have an actress play you, versus just one of your "characters." Thanks for organizing the book club, Buzz!
gramercygirl84 gramercygirl84 7 years
1. If I were Julia, I would be flattered and happy that someone of a younger generation was honoring my work by making what could be seen as very outdated cooking relevant for a new audience. However, I could see how Julia, upon hearing about Julie's Project through various media sources without having checked it out herself (probably) would think that Julie wasn't taking Julia's work seriously. Bottom line is I could see both sides of the coin, but I loved how Julie didn't measure her success or self-worth on gaining Julia's approval. I really think she ultimatley handled the news in an amazingly healthy and positive way. 2. I'm not surprised at all by the amount of attention Julie got from the blog. She was one of the first bloggers out there and was clearly feeding the blog beast (excuse the pun) on almost a daily basis, and so built up a following of "Bleaders" and proved that she was a dedicated blogger (which we all know is a major component of successful blogging), not one just jumping on a trend. 3. I don't think fame or celebrity changes the nature of the thing, at least not in this case. I don't think anonymity was key in this kind of situation. Plus, I think it adds something to know that she was a young woman struggling to find her identity, place and purpose in the world--so relatable. 4. The Amazing Meryl as Julia Child? Absolutely. She is the best kind of chameleon. Amy Adams on the other hand, is adorable but not the way I picture a butter-enhanced Julie. But I think Amy is a good actress and I will hold out hope that she will do Julie justice. I wonder how Julie feels about Amy Adams playing her! It must be strange to have an actress play you, versus just one of your "characters." Thanks for organizing the book club, Buzz!
kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
I'm interested to see how they shape the role for Meryl Streep. The interludes about Julia were pretty dull to me and honestly, didn't add much to the story. I got a better understanding of Julie's connection to Julia when she talked/blogged about her, rather than from the interludes. So that should be interesting.I also felt that the additional attention on the project didn't actually change the project much. I loved that she didn't make the last meal a big deal. She did her big dinner as her second to the last meal so that the project ended the way it started: just her and Eric in their small apartment enjoying some food.Also, I seriously LOL'd when Eric asked if the end of the project meant that they could eat lots of salads. And I love the idea of Eric's Spicy Thursdays.
kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
I'm interested to see how they shape the role for Meryl Streep. The interludes about Julia were pretty dull to me and honestly, didn't add much to the story. I got a better understanding of Julie's connection to Julia when she talked/blogged about her, rather than from the interludes. So that should be interesting. I also felt that the additional attention on the project didn't actually change the project much. I loved that she didn't make the last meal a big deal. She did her big dinner as her second to the last meal so that the project ended the way it started: just her and Eric in their small apartment enjoying some food. Also, I seriously LOL'd when Eric asked if the end of the project meant that they could eat lots of salads. And I love the idea of Eric's Spicy Thursdays.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
1. I finally got the connection b/w Julia and Julie at the end as well, and up until then I hadn't felt it. I was a little suprised by JC's reaction though. If anything, I'd be flattered by the Project. 2. I'm sort of not surprised, given the rise in popularity of food blogging and food in general in the last several years, and the fact that I feel like it's become less shocking to have a blog turn into a book deal. 3. In some cases I'm sure that there is a little something lost once the writer gains celebrity, but I think that in this case she stayed really true to herself and didn't allow the attention to change her view of the Project, nor the blunt style in which she imparted everything from slightly hysterical fits to her everyday life at the office. 4. I could see Meryl Streep as Julia, but I'm not so sure about Amy Adams as Julie. For one thing, the girl looks like she hasn't eaten much butter in her life, and just seems too cutesy to play someone with a mouth like Julie. Not that I know who to suggest, I just don't think I really see her in the role that much.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
1. I finally got the connection b/w Julia and Julie at the end as well, and up until then I hadn't felt it. I was a little suprised by JC's reaction though. If anything, I'd be flattered by the Project.2. I'm sort of not surprised, given the rise in popularity of food blogging and food in general in the last several years, and the fact that I feel like it's become less shocking to have a blog turn into a book deal.3. In some cases I'm sure that there is a little something lost once the writer gains celebrity, but I think that in this case she stayed really true to herself and didn't allow the attention to change her view of the Project, nor the blunt style in which she imparted everything from slightly hysterical fits to her everyday life at the office.4. I could see Meryl Streep as Julia, but I'm not so sure about Amy Adams as Julie. For one thing, the girl looks like she hasn't eaten much butter in her life, and just seems too cutesy to play someone with a mouth like Julie. Not that I know who to suggest, I just don't think I really see her in the role that much.
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