Sobering news of the passing of Nora Ephron, 71, made headlines yesterday. She was truly a woman pioneer in the literary arts. Writer, director, and journalist, Ephron’s name is synonymous with the romantic comedy as we know it today. Specifically, the heroines. It’s more than just her having been one of the first women to do this, it was how she did it. She wrote about women that were strong, sharp, and flawed, like the perplexing creatures we are.
She was groundbreaking. From Meg Ryan’s infamous proof that she could convincingly fake an orgasm at the deli in When Harry Met Sally to the romance that buds solely from e-mail exchanges in You’ve Got Mail, topics that may have once been considered taboo were tackled by Ephron and became acceptable and relatable classics.
She paved the way for women writers. Her writing touched on so many points that made us think, that’s not just me that happens to! She was able to convey a story that was smart, truthful in all its faults, and witty, all at the same time. Her writing was fearless and inspired a generation that is following in her footsteps of finding humor in things as a therapy.
Her bestseller, “[amazon_link id="B00161C1X6" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman[/amazon_link],” addresses aging in her clever yet brutally honest humor brand. She believed that laughing about our insecurities made them less toxic. What’s not to love about that message?
“I try to write parts for woman that are as complicated and interesting as women really are.” -Nora Ephron
Indeed, she did, and her contribution will be missed.
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