Writing in the August 8th issue of Entertainment Weekly about the divided reception to the memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Karen Valby comments, "When women rally around something in pop culture, it isn't long before the objects of their affection are loudly trivialized or dismissed." What she doesn't say--and what I think--is that the sneerers are most frequently other women. Not that I think Eat, Pray, Love (or Twilight, for that matter) has an extensive audience of male fans, but most men probably find both books either off their radar or beneath their notice, condemnation to be sure, but not active engagement. Professionally, however, I do labor in female-intensive vineyards so maybe my viewpoint is skewed.
(Or I am simply wrong. When I went to ET's site to see if Valby's interview with Elizabeth Gilbert was there, I couldn't find it, but I did find this reader comment from "Jorge": "Karen Valby loves this retarded chick flick with julia freakin' roberts, but can only deign to give 'Monster of Florence' a 'b'. Clearly she can't distinguish between a talented artist such as Douglas Preston and the intestinal waste shoved down her gullet by hollywood.")