|| BOOK || Dolls Behaving Badly
|| SCREENPLAY || Elizabeth wanted to write the screenplay of the book she got the right for, but she is not working on it anymore.
|| AUTHOR || Cinthia Ritchie
|| NEWS || Updates
|| UPDATE || Elizabeth (February 4, 2016): “I wish there were progresses. I’ve never got to the point where I really felt like I wanted to do it, but I still have a soft spot in my heart for it.”
I might. I just optioned a book actually. I’m putting that together. And that just happened last Monday. I’ve signed the paperwork. It’s called Dolls Behaving Badly. I have to work on that, because I was telling the guys at work, and they were like “I’m already sleep,” whereas the women were like, “That’s fascinating!” So it’s a bunch of messed up people trying to figure out their lives, but it’s done in such a clever way, it’s incredibly funny. I would hope to put together a group of darkly comedic people, which are some of my favorite people. I would like to write it. I’ve written plays, I’ve never written a screenplay. I don’t want to have a tremendous amount of hubris about it. I will try my hand, and then I’ll definitely say, “Hey! Help!” But it’s so beautiful on the page…I laughed out loud and thought it was phenomenal. It’s a bunch of different kind of amazing characters. I’m hopeful it’ll just kind of be there. [Watch the interview – 8:34 – On optioning the rights to the book Dolls Behaving Badly.]
Carla Richards is a lot of things: a weary waitress at Anchorage’s premiere dining establishment, Mexico in an Igloo; an aspiring artist who secretly makes erotic dolls for the extra income; a divorcee who can’t quite detach from her ex-husband; and a stressed-out single mom trying to support her gifted eight-year-old son Jay-Jay, her pregnant sister Laurel, and her babysitter-turned-resident-teenager Stephanie.
One afternoon, surrounded by bills she can’t afford to pay, Carla finds inspiration and hope in the form of the Oprah Giant — an unusually tall woman who directs Oprah’s viewers to keep a diary and to commit themselves to paper every single day. Your thoughts are gold — hold them up to the light and they shine, she instructs. As Carla begins following the Oprah Giant’s advice, she soon realizes her life is filled with more potential and possibility than she ever dared to imagine. Her finances, her art career, and even her love life begin to improve. Yes, her sister might still be crazy and the occasional moose might still tear up the yard, but that’s okay. Perfection is overrated. And as long as she has her family, friends and her Polish grandmother’s traditional recipes, she has everything she needs to be happy.