I still have her poster that was handed out when she went missing. How we hung
on to hope. I remember when she was found. I was on the phone at work and all at
once there was a great happy buzz in the hall. My secretary came to my door a
couple of times with a big smile. I told my phone person that something had
happened. She was in New Jersey. When I hung up and went into the hall joyous
people said, "They found Elizabeth Smart alive!" We were all so happy.
I am going to take the unpopular position on here knowing I am going to be
ridiculed for my beliefs. I am going to remind everyone that when she was found
the statement made by her family nd eventually by her and that was all she
wanted to do was to go back to her life. Well, she and her family have made her
kidnapping their own cottage industry and I wish she and they would just stop.
And please don't say that her message needs to be put out there for others
to learn from it. We have all heard the message for the last ten years. Time to
move forward and leave that in the past. It's long overdue.
I applaud her efforts to help those who have been victimized by abuse. What a
great voice and help it will be. Thanks to her.
A memoir? She'll be a millionaire! Her story is important.
@Shakespeare: you made my point. She will be a millionaire. Her story will be
important. No, not important. But it will make a lot of money. Now if she
donates every dime to an organization that searches for missing children, and I
do mean every dime, then I will applaud her efforts.
EJM, it's her choice, I would advise you not to buy the book, that is your
choice. I admire her courage and strength to share what she went through, I
could relate that same kind of courage and strength to Alma the younger that was
willing to share with us his mistakes, so we could learn from them and overcome
our own mistakes. So what if she earns millions, have you thought that she
might put all that money towards her efforts to go out and speak to others and
help others who go through things like this?
I won't buy the book. That I can promise. As to her efforts to help others:
I said it earlier. Give it all away to help those. Then I will applaud her as a
true humanitarian. But this is about keeping her name in the public eye and
making money. She has shared her story over and over again. So why write
@EJM So I'm curious. Are you saying that victims like this should just go
away and keep quiet because they irritate you? As this story reports, this is
her first book, as she was waiting until the conviction to finally publish it.
I would think that at the very least victims who survive this kind of ordeal
should have every right at the time and place of their choosing to be able to
write about it, even if it is for the sole reason of making a living. Like
MoJules said, don't buy it. If I thought my life was remotely interesting
enough to write abook about it to make money for my family, I'd do it in a
heartbeat. I hope she makes a few million, and I hope she goes on a great big
trip around the world with it, and buys something completely unecessary.
@EJM You do realize, of course, that the media has been one of the biggest if
not the biggest driver of this story. If I remember correctly, Elizabeth
couldn't even get engaged and then married without the media intruding.
According to Chris Thomas, the Smart family spokesman quoted in the article
linked to this one, "After the story broke about her engagement and the
media became increasingly invasive, Elizabeth recognized it was going to be
impossible to have a traditional wedding devoid of distractions and unusual
challenges outside of her control," Thomas said. "She decided, about a
week ago, the best way to avoid significant distraction was to change her
wedding plans and to get married in an unscheduled ceremony outside of
Utah." So what if the memoir makes money? Elizabeth has already used her
notoriety as she has actively raised money for abused children, so I have no
doubt she will use the money from the memoir for a similar purpose. In other
words, EJM, why not try to get rid of some of the cynicism you are obviously
harboring. You'll live a much happier life.
To the other posters out there that are critical of my comments you don't
know the entire story. If you did you would feel the same as I do. Not cynical
at all. I just don't walk around with my head in the sky being pollyannish.
We have already heard the story, read the story, over and over again, just
please tell me the purpose of this if it isn't to make even more money off
of it? At what point in time do we not move beyond it? This IS about the money.
So give it all away and then we will be able to say "she's doing it to
help others". Until then we will agree to disagree. Oh, BTW, I have been
accused way too many times of being the most optimistic guy, a regular Mr.
Rogers, around. Go figure. I have to post on the blogs to be called cynical.
ejm, go have another piece of pie and worry about something that doesn't
affect you.I understand your point, but I don't see you posting about
every other author or movie producer who create stories about other subjects
that are much less inspiring or uplifting than Elizabeth's story.And
those are all about making money. I'd suggest you go do something
nice for someone who needs help, not criticism.And Merry Christmas!
Elizabeth Smart has survived and thrived after her horrendous ordeal because of
strong religious faith and a supportive family. Her efforts will help those who
are not so fortunate. It is a story of hope and recovery that needs telling and
re-telling to each new generation. Those who are envious of her remuneration
should first endure what she has endured. They might feel less cynical.