Thursday, February 01, 2024

Ten of the best books about "mean girls"

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s writing takes readers behind the scenes of major moments in pop culture history and examines the lasting impact that our favorite TV shows, music, and movies have on our society and psyches. She investigates why pop culture matters deeply, from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Seinfeld, to Sex and the City and Mean Girls, to Beyoncé, Taylor, and Barbie. She has written eight books, including the New York Times bestseller Seinfeldia, When Women Invented Television, Sex and the City and Us, and So Fetch: The Making of Mean Girls (And Why We're Still So Obsessed with It).

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At Lit Hub Armstrong tagged ten of "the best books about 'mean girls,' from classics to modern tales, fiction and non." One title on the list:
Anna Bogutskaya, Unlikeable Female Characters

Regina George [the character played by Rachel McAdams in the original 2004 Mean Girls film] herself is cited as her own genre of “unlikeable” female character in this nonfiction exploration of, as the subtitle says, “the women pop culture wants you to hate.” Bogutskaya traces the evolution of major characters from good girls to true anti-heroines, and ultimately celebrates the liberating effects of such characters, which give women permission to be their bitchiest, messiest selves.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue