TV adaptation has novelist steaming

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
December 27, 2010

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To say Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is unhappy with the way her best-selling book “The Dirty Girls Social Club’’ is being adapted for TV would be an understatement. The former Boston Globe reporter is furious. Valdes-Rodriguez got her hands on the script for the NBC pilot and is appalled, calling it “racist.’’ (The network, of course, objected and sent the writer a cease-and-desist letter on Christmas Eve, demanding that she stop writing about the pilot on Facebook and her website.) On her blog, Valdes-Rodriguez had lambasted George Lopez’s wife, Ann, whose Encanto production company optioned the book, and also screenwriter Luisa Leschin, who wrote the script. “Ann assured me that as a Latina, Luisa ‘gets it.’ I believed her. Stupid me,’’ writes Valdes-Rodriguez. The book, published in 2003, is about a diverse group of Latina women, entertaining 20-something BU grads who are coping with the ups and downs of life. According to Valdes-Rodriguez, her story of “six empowered Latinas of varying races, religions, and political beliefs in Boston’’ has been turned into “a tale of four uniformly ‘brown’ Latina sluts and their white non-slut friend and black-n-sassy fat negress diva stereotype friend in San Francisco.’’ It’s not clear what, if anything, she can do to prevent the “horrendous’’ script from being shot, but she’s lost faith in Lopez and Leschin. (Neither could be reached yesterday.) “They are, simply put, the wrong group to tackle my book,’’ writes Valdes-Rodriguez. “They don’t get it, are not equipped mentally to get it, and never will.’’