So Stef and I saw The Duff and I realized about halfway into it that the film was probably based on a book I read a few years back with the same title. I know. I'm a genius. I think it took me awhile to connect the dots, however, because the film is very funny and the book is primarily very angsty--no doubt because the author was actually in high school when she wrote it. Which is amazing, but still. Lots of angsty-angsty.
Anyway. None of this is the point.
The point is that there are mean girls in this movie. Really popular, good-looking mean girls who do things like humiliate other girls in public. It's a favorite YA trope--the really popular, good-looking mean girls who humiliate other girls in public. They show up in movies and TV shows and books. We love to hate them, those evil fairy tale queens who persecute the ordinary nice girls.
But, are they for real? Or are they--you know--just evil fairy tale characters? Because when I think about it, I have to say I've never known girls who were so pro-actively YA novel and movie mean. Am I just being naive here? You know--because I didn't have sisters or daughters?
Discuss please. I don't mind if you disagree.