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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 21 2012 1:05 p.m. MST

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Straitpath
PROVO, UT

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.

EJM
Herriman, UT

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.

RCS
Orem, UT

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.

Bill Shakespeare
Salt Lake City, UT

A memoir? She'll be a millionaire! Her story is important.

EJM
Herriman, UT

@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.

MoJules
Florissant, MO

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?

EJM
Herriman, UT

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 another book?

ChrisNSuz
Salt Lake City, UT

@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.

H-man
Shreveport, LA

@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.

EJM
Herriman, UT

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. That's ironic.

AZRods
Maricopa, AZ

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!

Owl
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

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