Rebecca Eckler

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Rebecca Eckler (born May 11, 1973)[not verified in body] is a Canadian writer of columns and blogs about motherhood, and is author of two books on the same subject, Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-Be (2004), and Wiped! Life with a Pint-Sized Dictator, (2007), neither well reviewed. As of 2016, she has authored five further, that latest of which is The Mommy Mob: Inside the Outrageous World of Mommy Blogging (2014). Her writing has elicited controversy, e.g., at her blogging about her decision to leave her 10-month old infant to join her fiancé for the duration of a celebrity golf tournament in Mexico.[1] Responses to her book and other writings have frequently included assessments of writing from privilege, shallowness and immaturity, and self-justification of non-traditional decisions.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Career[edit]

As columnist and blogger[edit]

Eckler was employed by the National Post from 2000 to 2005, when she was among a number of staff let go by the CanWest newspaper chain.[citation needed]

From March–December 2006, Eckler wrote "Mommy Blogger", a weekly freelance piece in the Globe and Mail, appending to this set of blogs a departing blog on May 2007.[3] From 2003 until April 2008 she wrote Post City's Shopgirl column.[citation needed]

Eckler began writing bloc post appearing periodically in the Canadian periodical, Maclean's, in 2008, which has continued through 2016[4]

Eckler's work also appeared in Mademoiselle.[citation needed]

Eckler was the host of the short-lived television show Modern Manners,[when?][citation needed] and has appeared on CTV[citation needed] and CBC television.[citation needed] She has also worked for Global television as a reporter.[citation needed]

As book author[edit]

Eckler became pregnant with her daughter, Rowan Joely, on the night of her engagement party, and published the 2004 book Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-Be about her first pregnancy.[citation needed] The book received mostly negative reviews.[5]

In April 2007, Eckler publisher her second book, Wiped! Life with a Pint-Sized Dictator, which chronicles her first two years of motherhood. Quill & Quire said the book was a "series of tired clichés about parenthood."[6] Wiped! has otherwise received negative reviews in Canadian dailies.[citation needed]

Controversies[edit]

Eckler's writing has elicited controversy. For instance, there was international coverage of the responses to her blogging about her decision to leave her 10-month old infant to join her fiancé for the duration of a celebrity golf tournament in Mexico.[1] Responses to her book and blog content have frequently included assessments of writing from privilege, shallowness and immaturity, and self-justification of non-traditional decisions.[1][2]

Eckler's blog, NinePoundDictator, prompted the creation of a parody blog, NineGramBrain,[when?] which was noted in The Toronto Star,[citation needed] a site that appeared until December 2007.[citation needed]

In mid-2007, Eckler filed a lawsuit against Universal Studios, alleging copyright infringement for similarities between her book and the 2007 comedy film Knocked Up.[7][8] Judd Apatow, the movie's producer and director, said the book and movie were "very different."[7] As of this date,[when?] the lawsuit had not settled.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Eckler's home was referenced in the April 2007 edition of Canadian House and Home.[9]

In 2007, Eckler participated in a charity auction for the magazine The Walrus, paying $7,000 for the right to have a character in Margaret Atwood's novel The Year of the Flood named after her.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Silverthorne, Nadine (2012-08-24). "How Rebecca Eckler left her baby for a vacation". Today's Parent. Retrieved 2016-07-17. [Subtitle] ...Rebecca Eckler wrote a post about leaving her 10-week-old baby to go to Mexico and ignited a new debate. 
  2. ^ a b Fenn, Anne (2011-02-15). "If you can't tame 'em, emasculate 'em [Review of How to Raise a Boyfriend]". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  3. ^ "The Globe and Mail - Search". theglobeandmail.com. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "search". macleans.ca. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Meeker, Geoff. "Theft or inspiration?". The Telegram. Retrieved 2015-11-25. [dead link][dead link]
  6. ^ QQ Staff (2007). "Reviews: Wiped!: Life with a Pint-Size Dictator, by Rebecca Eckler". Quill and Quire. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  7. ^ a b Lattman, Peter (2007-06-06). "Hit Movie "Knocked Up" With a Lawsuit" (major venue blog). The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  8. ^ LA Times Staff (2007-06-08). "'Knocked Up' was a rip-off, lawsuit says" (news report). Los Angeles Times. The Associated Press. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  9. ^ "Homeowner Thank You List". houseandhome.com. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 

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