What’s Up With Hollywood Part 2
January 7, 2009 | By: Liz | Filed under: I'm Just Another Angry Infertile Woman
So my rant about Hollywood actresses now out of my system, I have decided to undertake a new project. I am going to start surveying (and my DH has agreed to assist me and provide his input) as many movies, books and other media stories about infertility and adoption. I want honesty in this industry, so I want to see how honest and/or accurate Hollywood, the press, and authors are about infertility and adoption. I love Adoptive Families’ Magazine’s Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down column. I loved reading about gestational surrogacy on the front page of The New York Times Magazine. But I want to see more about how people are addressing it.
I recently came across a book entitled “Motherhood after Age 35” at an adoption conference I spoke at. I was curious. It seems so common these days for women to have children after the age of 35, why write a book about it? What’s different about being a mother after Age 35? I’m going to find out.
I went online on the internet movie database and compiled a preliminary list of movies about infertility and adoption. The movie Juno was awesome, how many others are as accurate or sensitive? I noticed that one of my favorite new books Knit Two by Kate Jacobs has a sub-plot dealing with infertility. The Discovery Channel has a show on adoption: Adoption Stories (hey why are there no infertility stories? There are a dozen shows on having babies but why aren’t their any on infertility?)
And so I begin. Tonight my DH and I are watching a movie entitled A Smile Like Yours starring Greg Kinnear and Lauren Holly. I have also purchased Miss. Conception starring Heather Graham. These are just a few of what I suspect will be a very long list of movies and books. I am hoping I will be pleasantly surprised. I also am hoping that I will get to spend some quality time with DH and get some good reading in.
I will post my reviews under a new category (Infertility In The Movies etc. under the Check This Out Blog category) and I welcome feedback and suggestions for other titles to watch/read. Maybe I’ll add a suggested reading/viewing list to The Two Week Wait Care Package
We shall see . . . .