Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Wintergirls: Let's Talk About Eating Disorders
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson is a March release. I'm almost finished with it, and should have the review up in the next day or so. For now though, let me say this: It really is an amazing, well-written story.
Since I'm not finished with the book, I wanted to talk about anorexia, and eating disorders in general. Obviously, it's an awful thing, but it affects a lot of girls. I know a lot of people who think they aren't skinny enough and I just look at them and wonder, "How could you even think that?"
This past summer, I fell in love with a show called Hollyoaks. It might not sound familiar to most of you because it's a UK show. I started following one character's storyline as best as I could through sites and videos they found on Youtube. Through this, I learned about the character Hannah...as time goes on, she becomes bulimic, which leads to anorexia when she becomes friends with a model named Melissa. The two of them become friends and encourage each other's bad habits. In the end, Melissa dies of a heart attack, and Hannah finally begins to recover.
I have a couple fan-made videos that shows actual clips of Hannah and Melissa's journey. I think they are interesting and I'll post those with my review. Right now, I just want to post two videos where Emma Rigby (who plays Hannah) talks about eating disorders and her role playing a girl with one. Please check it out, and leave your thoughts in the comments on this book, the videos, eating disorders, etc.