Do You Know the Book That Inspired ‘Mean Girls’?

October 3rd might get all the love from Mean Girls fans, but today is the day that the cult classic hit theaters and graced us with all of its quotable lines and memorable moments. The success of the film gave us a Broadway musical, a novelization of the film, and a direct-to-video sequel (but we don’t talk about that film).

While it’s easy to see the film as just a standalone product, what many might not know is that it is based on a nonfiction book.

Written by Rosalind Wiseman, Queen Bees and Wannabes was released in 2002 and is now on its third edition. It offers an introspective look into the social lives of young girls and how the impact of cliques, boys and social media affect their well-being. Cyberbullying takes a prominent role in the book, as well as identifying “baggage” when it comes to a girl’s background. Tina Fey read the book and used it, as well as her own high-school experience, as inspiration for the movie.

Author Rosalind Wiseman. Image Via Wikipedia


This is one of the many self-help books that Wiseman wrote. Some of her other works include Masterminds and Wingmen, Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads and Owning Up.


Wiseman is also the founder of Cultures Of Dignity, an organization dedicated to building safe communities for young adults and stand against hatred and bigotry. The organization works with schools conduct research and lesson plans that improve students knowledge of individual relationships as well as offer speaking engagements about bullying and parenting. You can read more about Cultures Of Dignity here.

Are you a fan of Mean Girls? Have you read Wiseman’s book?



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