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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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'Mean Girls' characters dressed in Shakespearean style

Get Ready for New Shakespearean ‘Mean Girls’ Book

You might be familiar with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies—hopefully more as a book than as individual concepts. Pride is okay in small doses, and, while prejudice might be more common than zombies, neither is particularly pleasant. What is drastically more pleasant is the upcoming release of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls, a fun depiction the North Shore you remember but in iambic pentameter. It’s not like a regular book. It’s a cool book*.

Mean Girls has always been a cult classic. Now it’s well on its way to becoming a cult(ure) classic: after premiering in Washington, D.C. back in Fall 2017, Mean Girls made its broadway debut on April 8th, 2018. Since then, this hilarious tale of adolescence has come to esteemed venues in Philadelphia and Boston. Soon, it’ll be coming to a bookshelf near you.

 

"To buy or not to buy?"

That is the question!
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Playwright Ian Doescher will adapt the film into Shakespearean language, drawing upon his experience writing Elizabethan adaptations of various Star Wars plots. Obviously, there’s one major problem with this choice of author: he isn’t Tina Fey. Since he’s been open about his sensitivity towards writing a woman-centric story, we’ll try not to hold that against him. To portray the female cast with as much nuance as possible, he’s incorporated elements of female Shakespeare characters into their design. He opened up about who’s who in Philadelphia Magazine:

Cady Heron is Miranda in the Tempest where she’s talking this brave new world and she’s an innocent in the ways of the world. Janis Ian is Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing — she’s sharp tongued and fiercely loyal.

Usually, when it comes to adaptations, we ask ourselves whether or not the movie will be like the book—in this case, we have to wonder whether the book will be like the movie. Aside from the iambic pentameter, yes. Doescher has clarified that the only major changes he’s made to the plot were incorporated solely “for the play’s staging.” Does this vaguely allude to how Doescher will arrange the ‘hit by a bus’ scene? There’s really only one way to find out.

How much money would I spend to get this now instead of April 23, its release date? The limit does not exist.

 

*Note that we at Bookstr, on principle, think that all books are cool.

 

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