How Did the ‘Reviving Ophelia’ Lifetime Movie Take So Long?

Reviving Ophelia, Dr. Mary Pipher’s hugely successful pop psychology book about young women, identity, and body image, came out when I was in high school. As a result, there were reading and discussion groups at many high schools like mine, and the book was still on reading lists when I was in college. The book is in its sixth or seventh reprinting, which only shows its enduring popularity and the fact that many of the issues raised by the book are still relevant to young women and their families. Which is why I have to ask – how the hell did it take this long to get turned into a Lifetime movie? Seriously, it has all the perfect ingredients: teenage girls, moms of teenage girls, angst, boyfriend drama, eating disorders… you name it. This is going to be like Little Girls in Pretty Boxes to the nth. Plus it has the mom from Malcolm in the Middle in it.  And I cannot wait.

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    • Greita

      I just watched the movie “Reviving Ophelia” and think every teenager should watch it. That girl could have been me before I married my ex-husband – even his words were my ex-husband’s words. But he never physically abused me – he mentally and emotionally abused me for 29 years until he took out a contract on my life. Thank God the “hitman” went to the police. My ex-husband only got 3 years in county jail. I don’t know where he is now and don’t want to know. But I think if I had seen this movie before I married him, he would have never been my ex-husband – he would never have been my husband at all.