For the most part, I like to think I’m a pretty observant person. Recently, these observations are getting more in depth and more bizarre than ever. Because I don’t believe in saving face, I’ll let you take a peak into what has been eating my brain for the past twenty-four hours.
Last night, I innocently (or so I thought) watched Now & Then. Ever since, I’ve been analyzing and comparing the main characters to other works with four female leads. In a lightbulb moment, I realized something: They are all the same (kind of).
Yes, you heard correctly. The characters from Now & Then, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Mean Girls and HBO’s Girls are all the same. I did some mental research (very accurate) and here’s what I found:
TRYING TO PROVE SOMETHING:
Samantha Albertson, Gretchen Weiners, Tibby, Hannah Horvath
Each of these leading ladies is trying to live up to expectations they’ve made for themselves. Whether they are the “voice of their generation – or a voice of a generation” or a documentary filmmaker, each is overcoming a hurdle. Couple with teenage angst and cynicism and you have your character. Sprinkle in a traumatic event – no matter how shallow – and you learn there’s a whole other side of this character.
Tina ‘Teeny’ Tercell, Regina George, Bridget, Marnie Michaels
Not only can these ladies talk the talk, they can walk the walk – and better believe they look flawless while doing so. Often described as “perfect” these characters feed off the compliments from others gaining (false) confidence. However, their greatest characteristic is often their greatest downfall, getting them into embarrassing situations, cracking under pressure and breaking all the rules. Underneath it all, they are self-conscious like the rest of the ladies and want bigger boobs, the boy and a slimmer figure.
SELF-CONSCIOUS YET SUPPORTIVE:
Chrissy DeWitt, Cady Heron, Carmen, Shoshanna Shapiro
While these misfits are generally quiet, innocent and “inexperienced,” they are often the voice of reason for the other characters. Even though their self-confidence can be lacking, they are positive for others and always there when you need them most. Be careful, these women bottle up their feelings and will break windows, live a double life or throw a punch if you push them too far.
Roberta Martin, Karen smith, Lena, Jessa Johansson
Like most young ladies, these four are just trying to find their place in the world. They’ve built up concrete personas from the tomboy to the goody two shoes to the dumb blonde to the free spirit. Through time and experiences, they each meet people who test them only to learn there is more to them than meets the eye. Despite what the world thinks of them, the tomboy can like boys, the goody two shoes can break some rules, the dumb blonde can find a job to use her acquired “skills” and the free spirit can settle down and get married. Each lady takes their socially constructed stereotype and flips it on its head. You go girls.
Any other films or characters that fit the bill? Send ’em along.