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30 Legendary Literary Mean Girls We Love to Hate


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There’s a special place in hell for women who refuse to support other women, right? Or, if not hell, at least a central role in a classic novel.

Yes, literature (particularly “classic” literature for and about women) loves a mean girl, an archenemy, or an undermining frenemy. This archetype is often realized as a charming blonde who’s either a snob guarding her place against interlopers, or a determined social climber herself. For every spunky heroine, she’s the foil. She’s the prissy antagonist who scorns our protagonist’s rough ways, while her nimble feet fight for their place on the rungs of a novel’s social ladder. She represents the apex of the idea that men can fight each other out in the open, but women are forced to be underhanded in their jockeying for alpha status. Her machinations make plots get thicker and tension ratchet up.

Here’s a selection of literature’s most delightfully nasty mean girls. We love to hate…

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What to Read and Watch: Gilmore Girls vs. Mary McCarthy’s The Group

My consumption of Gilmore Girls via Netflix has overtaken my reading of Mary McCarthy’s The Group. Do you also find that you tend to watch more Netflix on your Kindle Fire than actually reading books on it? I knew I should have bought the basic version of the Kindle.

My guilt over not reading more became self-evident when Rory, played by Alexis Bledel, was spotted reading Mary McCarthy on a bus bench in the first season. Here is this fictional, high school girl reading a book that I am still procrastinating on as full-grown adult, and instead of reading, I am watching old TV shows.

Rory Gilmore is the level-headed daughter of the more bohemian Lorelai, who left home at 16 because she was pregnant with Rory. Lorelai, played by Lauren Graham, comes from an upper-class family that she could not tolerate as a rebellious teen. The mother-daughter pair entrances me on my Kindle screen. I want to be both of them at the same time.They are witty and smart and all kinds of what is right with the world.

McCarthy’s novel is more relevant to the time period of Emily Gilmore’s youth, the grandmother on the show and played by Kelly Bishop. And could very easily explain to the reader why Lorelai has such a hard time relating to her mother. The novel is all about a group of Vassar grads and what happens to them as they embark on their adult journey in life given societal pressures of the time period. I made it 3/4 of the way through the novel and got bored. It is perched on the back of my bed.

I feel horrible for abandoning the book but the Gilmore girls are so addictive and much more alive–at least to today’s standards–than the ladies in The Group. Every night when I go to bed, I ultimately pick up my Kindle to watch the crazy days of Rory and Lorelai rather than read about the past. At the very least, I tried.

Takeaway Point: Reading popular literature from the past is a must if you want to understand the relationships of different generations today, especially the relationships on very well-developed TV shows by obviously well-versed writers/directors such as the Gilmore Girls.