The new self help book turned romantic comedy just took a turn for the bizarre. Lionsgate has reportedly optioned the go-to book for American pregnant women.
Which doesn’t necessarily mean they’re making a romantic comedy out of the BEST self help book for pregnant women, just the best selling.
What To Expect When You’re Expecting is Amazon’s 80th ranked book. Considering its audience is largely limited to expectant parents, and many of us just pass the same book around, it’s hard to imagine a woman out there who hasn’t at least heard of it. And according to Variety, it’s slated for rom com territory with Lionsgate buying the feature rights from Phoenix Pictures and signing Heather Hach to adapt it as a romantic comedy.
Hach’s story is supposed to follow the relationships of seven couples as they experience the thrills, terrors, surprises, aches, and pains of preparing for parenthood.
If it’s anything like the book, what you should be expecting is a lot of information. Maybe too much information?
You see more copies in the waiting room at the OB/GYN than you do screamers on a playground, but this is first book most mothers will warn you AWAY from when you start waving that pee stick around and yipping. In plainspeak, one mother warned me it would “scare the s–t out of” me.
Said TIME writer Bonnie Rochman last year (nearly four years too late for me to get the memo) “While there’s no doubt [author Heidi] Murkoff’s tomes are brimming with well-researched information, they’re also packed with implausible situations that serve only to ramp up maternal anxiety.
Or in the words of my friend Jessie, “The tone of What to Expect is that of a nagging, worrywart mother-in-law who thinks that EVERYTHING is dangerous and you should be informed about all ways that things can go horribly wrong.”
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