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10 Ways ‘Mean Girls’ Would Be Different in 2018

It’s hard to believe its been fourteen years since the release of Mean Girls, and for many tweens, teens and young adults, the movie certainly created a buzz. For those of you who don’t know (and probably live under a rock), the film, which is partially based on Rosalind Wiseman’s 2002 non-fiction self-help book, Queen Bees and Wannabes, revolves around Cady Heron, a home schooled “jungle freak”, who must adapt to high school cliques in the suburbs of Illinois. After meeting the infamous ‘Plastics,’ Cady quickly learns the cruel rules of popularity and how her new friends earned the name. But now, over a decade later, I wonder how different Mean Girls would be if it were to represent today’s millenial generation. Has that much even changed since the days of high school social hierarchy? We here at Bookstr certainly think so. Here’s a list of ten ways the film would be different in 2018.

 

 

1. The Burn Book would be a fake Instagram account

 

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So, remember the famous Burn Book that Regina George and the rest of the Plastics created to mock other students? Well, let’s get real. No one is going to physically cut and paste print photos into a scrapbook just for a cruel laugh (unless you’re weirdly into arts and crafts). But people do it all the time on social media apps, including Instagram. In 2018, the Burn Book would be an anonymous finsta, where embarrassing pics of students would be posted on the reg. When Regina wanted it to be exposed, she would log in, make it public. The first post would be of Amber D’Alessio making out with hotdog (we know it was only one time, Amber, but people don’t forget).

 

 

2. Kylie George would be watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians 

 

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Regina George’s little sister, Kylie, is low key my favorite character. She was the mini-sized diva that shimmied to Kelis’ Milkshake as the Plastics walked in the house and later did her best (G-rated) Girls Gone Wild impression in front of the television. But alas, both that song and show are considered a thing of the past (I think it’s for the better) and in 2018, Kylie would probably be catching up on an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I wonder who her favorite would be…!

 

 

3. The Jingle Bell Rock would be played on an iPhone

 

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Everyone knows the notorious scene when the Plastics dance to the Jingle Bell Rock at the annual Christmas talent show. The foursome sport some risky apparel and Santa hats while they thigh slap on stage. Next thing you know, a huge CD player is flying across the auditorium (aw, sorry not sorry Jason) forcing Cady and the rest of the crowd to sing the tune. Fortunately for Jason, a CD player wouldn’t even be in the vicinity in 2018. iPhone’s (and I guess Samsung’s for people who are annoying) rule the world. So what could have caused the music to stop playing, you ask? I don’t know, maybe the Wifi sucks or someone’s free Spotify trial ended abruptly.

 

 

4. Gretchen Wiener’s dad is the inventor of fidget spinners

 

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2018 is the year of fidget spinners because let’s face it, no one can sit still for more than five minutes. So it only makes sense for Gretchen Wiener’s dad to have invented them. Also, who even eats Toaster Strudels anymore? I’m definitely not hating on them, I just figured avocado toast was more of the go-to these days. 

 

5. Fetch still wouldn’t happen

 

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Fetch wasn’t happening then and it’s not about to happen now. But don’t worry, 2018 is full of awkward slang words you can try out at the next party. Just don’t text your dad “it’s lit,” because he’ll think the house is actually going up in flames and call the fire department.

 

6. Regina would get hit with a runaway Tesla

 

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We live in a time where electric cars are becoming a thing and I’m totally here for it. Let’s save the planet, people! *Insert air fist pump from the ending scene of The Breakfast Club* So, in 2018 it makes sense that Regina would be hit by a Tesla instead of a school bus. In all likeliness, the driver was probably trying to make it to Starbucks and back without being late to class. Now that’s what I call an extreme sport.

 

7. Coach Carr would be SO fired

 

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Although it wasn’t exactly okay for teachers and students to hook up in 2004, I’m pretty sure it would be a lot worse for Coach Carr now. In the height of the #metoomovement, Coach Carr would not only be fired but probably end up in prison for having sexual relations with a minor. 

 

8. Ms. Norbury would have three jobs

 

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With budget cuts to public education, teaching is not exactly the best way to make a lucrative income, especially in 2018. Ms. Norbury would probably need an extra weekend job just to pay the bills. She might not sell drugs, like Cady wrote in the Burn Book, but who knows? Maybe she sells Juuls.

 

9. Janis Ian would actually be a lesbian

 

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Janis Ian would be gay, and you know what? NO ONE WOULD CARE. In 2018, Regina wouldn’t be homophobic and Damian could walk around in a pink shirt and glittery heels every day and no one would even think twice. Openly expressing your sexuality is much more socially acceptable, so honey flaunt it because someone might have a big, lesbian crush on you.

 

10. Cupcake girl would stay exactly the same.

 

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It’s 2018, of course I’m going to bake and cry at the same time. It’s called Monday.

 

 

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