More than two years ago, Global Voices Online ran an article about Egyptian blogs which were published into books. Now one of those books was turned into a television series that is currently being aired during the holy month of Ramadan.
The Blog, Book, and TV Series
Ayza Atgawez – Wanna be a Bride – is the name of the blog [Ar], the book [Ar], and also the new television series. It is made up of humorous short stories about a girl's endless quest to find a suitable husband.
And here is how the blogger/writer Ghada Abdel Aaal summarizes her series of blogs:
A Two-Way Ticket from Social Media to Mainstream Media
As you can see it started in a blog and then found its way to mainstream media. And now it's taking the other way back to social media. The young Tunisian actress – Hend Sabry – who is playing the main character in the series decided to communicate with her fans via Twitter and asked them for their feedback about her role and the series as a whole.
And the Egyptian and Arab tweeps started sending their feedback using the mentioned hashtag.
@_Nouna_: 7l2t #3ayzaAtgawez kant 7lewa awe today w really happens.. e3lnat el gawaz ba2t keteeeeeeeer awe
As you can see, some feedback was positive, some was negative, and other comments made Hend realize that social media is a double-edged weapon:
The Series Aftermath
Away from the series itself, the topic of the blog/book/series made Yasmine El-Mehairy write a series of blog post – there are eight of them so far – on her own blog under the title, “Sorry, but I don't want to get married“:
و بما ان عادة المصريين ان لازم ينكدوا على الواحد في اي مناسبة سعيدة و يفكروا باللي نقصوا في حياتوا
و بمناسبة كلمة “عقبال” اللي عمري ما حبيتها ولا طيقتها
احب اشارك معاكوا حكيتي مع الحب و الجواز و الذى منه , هاسميها “انا اسفة , مش عايزة اتنيل” . الحكاية دي فيها فضايح , و اعترافات , جزء لا بأس به من تاريخي الاسود . القصص كتير , منها الي يضحك و منها الي يبكي بس في الاخر هيا حصليت خلاص , و تسببت في تكوين شخصيتي و الي حصل حصل , و جائز لو شاركت الناس, تقدروا انا ليه بقيت كده
So I'll start sharing with you my own experience with love and marriage proposals, and I'll call it “Sorry, but I don't want to get married”. Those stories are full of catastrophes and reveal a part of my dark history with marriage. There are too many stories, some are funny and others are sad, but at the end of the day, they all are stories that just happened to me and shaped my own personality, and may be by telling them to you you'll find out more about me and my current personality.
Another user on Twitter revealed two of her worst nightmares that have come true.
@Marrvie: And a relative who didn't recognize my voice & thought I was a guy!
And finally another user on Twitter wondered if marriage is really the final destination, or there is still one more station in their live journey:
@Mazloum: Tab el mafrood ba3d #3ayzaAtgawez yenzelo Ramadan el gayy bel sequel: #3ayzaAttalla2