What Will Amanda Knox Do Next?

Amanda KnoxThe Amanda Knox story proves (in case any of us had any doubts) that it's a strange, strange world we live in: a world in which you can travel as a student to Italy, be convicted of killing your roommate in the most gruesome way, be vilified in the press and then deified in the press, and then be exonerated for said killing and released to come back home to the U.S. … to resume your normal life?

Uh … not so fast on that resuming normal life part.

Now that Knox is home (and her family has duly been making the media rounds) the question arises: What will she do next?


What with the paparazzi and news crews camped outside her family's Seattle home, she can't actually just, like, pick up and go meet her friends for dinner and a movie, though her dad pointed out on CBS's The Early Show Friday that just "being able to kind of just look around, smell the air" is a big improvement over her life in prison, where she says she was sexually harassed.

But what about when just breathing the air isn't quite enough? I could be wrong, but I'm guessing she'll turn down the offer to peddle porn for Vivid Entertainment. ("We would like to offer her the opportunity to be our vivid.com spokesperson and represent the studio at trade and retail events," Vivid co-chairman Steven Hirsch told TMZ, adding, "This would involve no nudity or sex.") That opportunity doesn't feel quite right.

And she's probably not likely to jump at local radio station KQMV Seattle's offer to slide her behind the mic for a week in exchange for help with her legal fees. "We’re glad you’re free AMANDA and look forward to welcoming you home!" the station said in a statement. "We believed in you all along, so much so, that we would like to extend an offer of $10,000 to you to come host our morning show for one week with BROOKE & JUBAL in the morning! We would all love to hear what you have to say and maybe help a little with the legal bills."

A stint on the speaking circuit could net her $50,000, a book deal could reach into the seven figures, and that's not even counting the movie rights! (Amanda wouldn't have too many distractions; her family's invitation to her Italian ex-beau and co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, to come and visit them in Seattle will apparently not be immediately accepted.)

Right now, Knox's dad says his daughter will take some time, regroup, and then maybe go back to school, perhaps working toward a career as "an advocate for people that have been wrongfully convicted."

That certainly sounds noble – and could help Knox continue to burnish her image, perhaps eventually silencing those who doubt her innocence. But I don't know, I wouldn't mind if Knox took the opportunity to write a book. It might be nice to finally hear her side of the story in her own words – perhaps the case, which has always seemed murky to me, would come clearer.

Would you read a book by Amanda Knox? What do you think she should do next?

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