Rebecca Eckler (born May 11, 1973) is a Canadian journalist and author.

Career

Journalism

Eckler's work has appeared in ELLE, Fashion, Maclean's, Lifestyles, Canadian House and Home and Mademoiselle.[citation needed] She was the host of the short-lived television show Modern Manners, and has appeared on CTV and CBC television, and on Global television as a reporter.[1]

Eckler was employed by the National Post from 2000 to 2005, when she was among a number of staff let go by the CanWest newspaper chain.[citation needed]

From March 2006 to May 2007, Eckler wrote "Mommy blogger", a weekly freelance piece in the Globe and Mail. From 2003 until April 2008 she wrote Post City's Shopgirl column. In May 2008 the column was given to Post City associate editor Karen Aagaard.

Books

Eckler became pregnant with her daughter, Rowan Joely, on the night of her engagement party and published the 2004 book Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-Be about her first pregnancy. The book received mostly negative reviews.[2]

In April 2007, Eckler followed Knocked Up with Wiped! Life with a Pint-Sized Dictator which chronicles her first two years of motherhood. Wiped! received negative reviews in Canadian dailies.[citation needed]Quill & Quire said the book was a "series of tired clichés about parenthood."[3]

In mid-2007, Eckler filed a lawsuit against Universal Studios alleging copyright infringement due to alleged similarities between her book and the 2007 comedy film Knocked Up.[4][5]Judd Apatow, the movie's producer and director, said the book and movie were "very different."[4]

Eckler's blog, NinePoundDictator, prompted the creation of a parody blog, NineGramBrain, which was noted in The Toronto Star. The site lasted until December 2007.

In 2007, Eckler participated in a charity auction for the magazine The Walrus, paying $7,000 for the right to have a character in Margaret Atwood's novel The Year of the Flood named after her.[6]

References

  1. ^ Author spotlight, Random House publishers, Retrieved on June 5, 2007
  2. ^ Meeker, Geoff. "Theft or inspiration?". The Telegram. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  3. ^ Review of Wiped!: Life with a Pint-Size Dictator
  4. ^ a b "Hit Movie “Knocked Up” With a Lawsuit". WSJ Blogs - Law Blog. 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  5. ^ Press, From the Associated (2007-06-08). "`Knocked Up' was a rip-off, lawsuit says". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  6. ^ Rebecca Eckler, "Margaret Atwood didn’t kill me". Maclean's, September 23, 2009.