As some of you who had read the book or had catches a glimpse of the movie’s trailer, Gilbert did take the Love part to Bali.
Personally, I wasn’t very impressed with the book when I first read it 2 years ago. I skipped most part to read the last chapter simply because it have Bali on it. I was biased when I read the book – somewhat turned off after finding out Gilbert already had the book deal under her belt prior to do all these ‘life-changing’ journeys. Alas, it could be one of every writer’s dream to secured a deal then ventured out to write yet to me it feels like it tainted some of the authenticity of the story.
Yes, she did experienced everything written on that book but personally, I think a genuine memoir would be better when it first written before a book deal.
Regardless, I can’t wait to see the movie and gulping down as much Bali as I can since I love that island.
Anyway, the article I mentioned before said she’s ruining Bali by ‘opening the gate’ to middle aged women invaded Ubud, Bali, looking to emulate Gilbert’s enlightenment.
If you know more about Bali and how it’s living breathing from tourism then you wouldn’t think so!
The movie may failed in the critics eyes, the story lame…whatever but if the movie means that it will boost tourism for that island then so be it.
Last time I was there in 2004, remains of two major bombings were still too vivid. The island suffered tremendously almost in a comatose state after the bloody bombing attacks. Economy suffers. Simply put, no tourists means some people just can’t bring the dough to feed their families.
So now when everything is pretty much back to normal, some highlights in Hollywood movie will definitely bring more incomes to the local Balinese, to its tourism industry.
You will get obnoxious tourits everywhere regardless and I really couldn’t care if they are middle aged or hippies surfers. They are tourists = income to the local communities.
If crowds really isn’t your thing and believe me it can get pretty crowded down there in Bali then feel free to explore Bali’s neighboring island, Lombok for example. There are plenty of ‘hidden gems’ in Indonesia.
So I say let them middle age-caftan wearing-soul-searching-love-hunger women comes to Bali any day!