A New Generation of Mean Girls

The Bravo TV network recently announced that they are adapting the 1988 Generation X cult classic Heathers as a scripted series.

In case you didn’t see it, Heathers (I’m so glad they didn’t call it Jennifers) was a movie about four girls – three of whom were named Heather. They ruled the roost at Westerburg High School, Ohio. The fourth girl, Veronica, was played by Winona Ryder. Christian Slater also starred in the film.

The new Bravo series will feature a new Veronica who is now 20 years older and a mother. She’s back in Sherwood, Ohio with her teenager daughter who must deal with a new generation of mean girls, “Ashleys”

Twisted Sisterhood Kelly Valen

Swearing Off Sisterhood
Have you ever read Kelly Valen’s 2007 essay on mean girls? It was published in the New York Times. It’s called My Sorority Pledge? I Swore Off Sisterhood. Be prepared to gulp in awe at her stunning disclosures of criminality and raw revelations about women who did not support her. Her essay makes Janis Ian’s song, At Seventeen, look like little more than a lonely Valentine.

Valen, a mother of three girls, further fleshed out her essay in a 2011 book, The Twisted Sisterhood: Unraveling the Dark Legacy of Female Friendships. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my list, along with staying away from all mean girls, young, old and in-between.

To close, the late Nora Ephron who wrote When Harry Met Sally and many other wonderful screenplays, said in her 1996 commencement address to Wellesley: “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” I think Valen was being a heroine when she wrote that essay.

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