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DreamWorks to Adapt Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek

Source: Deadline
October 28, 2013

DreamWorks has secured the screen right to the upcoming nonfiction book Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek, Deadline reports. Set for publication next April, the tome is the result of an eighth-grade journal kept by the now-15-year-old Amy B. Harris, who decided to live her school year based on the advice given in the 1951 self-help book "Betty Cornell’s Glamour Guide For Teens."

Harris presents her thesis for the project in the book intro:

And so, I embark my grand experiment. Every month of this school year I will follow Betty Cornell’s advice on the topics in her book: dieting, hair, makeup, posture, and attitude, among others – no matter how embarrassing or difficult.

I definitely have my work cut out for me. That is if I’m not already beyond help. I am 5’2” with light brown skin that breaks out in acne on a regular basis. I am gawky, slouchy, and just a little bit lumpy. I have non-existent hips and a chest almost as flat as the cover of Betty Cornell’s book. I wear glasses and braces. I do all my clothes shopping at Walmart and second-hand stores. I spend more time on algebra than I do on my hair.

Maybe things will change. Can popularity advice from more than half a century ago still be relevant? I’ll find out. Crazier things have happened, right? Men have walked on the moon and society has found a way to grow square watermelons.

Betty Cornell has become my new soul mate, and I am married to her every word. For better or worse."


Amy B. Harris ("Sex and the City," "The Carrie Diaries") will adapt the screenplay with Andrew Lazar and Kristie Macosko producing.





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