Nine pounds o’crap.

10 Jun

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Rebecca Eckler is suing Judd Apatow, claiming his movie, Knocked Up, rips off her book, “Knocked Up”.

I snorted when I read this. I can’t stand this woman, I honestly can’t. Going anywhere near her website gives me hives.

So reading this piece made me smile.

I mean really, does she think she’s the only person in the world to come up with a story line involving two people from opposite ends of the spectrum who get pregnant by accident? Oh wait, apparently, her story doesn’t work exactly like that. My bad.

If it was a word for word rip off (as it may be from Ms. Pearson’s piece) I understand being pissed off. If it was a really weird situation, I could understand. But this is a standard formula-loser boy, successful girl-comedy insues. This, at least to me, is nothing new. Especially in these days of navel gazing by mothers-I’m quite sure that this plot is played out across the internet almost daily, in one permutation or another.

Should everyone sue?

And sure the titles match-but it’s also a very common phrase for pregnancy that almost everyone has used at some point. Should we all be sued?

What say you? Are the movie-makers out of line, or is the author a little full of herself?

4 Responses to “Nine pounds o’crap.”

  1. Jennnifer June 10, 2007 at 12:29 pm #

    We just saw this movie last night, it was freaking awesome.

    On your topic, EVERY romance novel has the same basic premise, as does most romantic comedies. Just because there are some similarities dosen’t a plagiarism case make. I guess she never learned that in university.

    And yeah, I’m sure that NO one EVER in the history of mankind has ever had a drunken fling with someone who either forgot or lied about birth control (um…soooo many scenarios come to mind here), cause like she’s all brilliant and original and shit. Crap I can think of one old friend who got knocked up while banging two guys who looked quite a bit alike. She settled on the guy with the job vs the jobless musician and failed to mention guy #2 to guy #1. Not the first time THAT has happened either.

    I never heard of this woman, and from what I googled and read (by HER) she’s a bit of a narcissistic prig isn’t she? All full of herself and shit.

    So, unless she can prove that the writers of the movie stole her book word for word, then she’s SOL and is nothing more than a money hungry wookie.

    It’s not very often anymore that you can come across an original story idea.

  2. karrie June 10, 2007 at 12:57 pm #

    I have not seen the movie, or read her book, but I visited her blog once or twice and her writing style reminded me as a less talented version of SK. Somehow, I expect more from your blog if you are a published author. (Hers was peppered with spelling and grammatical errors.) Plus, I can’t deal with people who make a habit of referring to themselves in the third person.

    Sounds like an interesting publicity stunt to me.

  3. Chani June 10, 2007 at 1:29 pm #

    I can’t even imagine watching such a movie. Really. I can’t. There’s nothing particularly amusing about the concept and if someone wrote a book about it, I wouldn’t read that either.



  4. nell June 10, 2007 at 3:15 pm #

    Everything I have read about this woman and her lawsuit makes me shake my head and mutter to myself. I just really don’t see the basis for it. There are so many overlaps in a society as complex and full of media as our is, that her claim doesn’t make any sense to me at all.

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