10 years ago I celebrated my 18th birthday. It was the year that one of the most quotable films ever, was released – Mean Girls.
The exact day the movie was released in year 2004, was my younger sister’s 10th birthday. So today, as Mean Girls celebrates it’s 10th anniversary, my sister turns 20 (please watch her tribute to this special day!).
2014 also marks the first year that my sister and I are both in our twenties.
Why does any of the above matter? Well, aside from me attempting to be clever with coincidental mathematical statistics (as if), there is personal significance in such trivia because despite an 8-year age gap, my sister and I are very close and connect on many things, one of them being: quoting Mean Girls on a regular basis.
The film has no doubt become like royalty in the pop culture world, you could not scour the Internet without stumbling across memes, gifs etc. that pay homage to its classic one-liners such as, “Get in loser, we’re going shopping,” or “That’s why her hair is so big. It’s full of secrets.”
The fact that these quotes have stood the test of 21st century time is a testament to the brilliant writing, thank you Tina Fey.
In celebration of this eventful day, I watched Mean Girls again whilst eating salted caramel macarons with my sister (birthday girl’s demand!). There’s always a new insight upon every viewing, the film just has a way of resonating with a different aspect of your life each time.
Today, I really came to appreciate the screenplay – adapted by Ms Fey from the original book ‘Queen Bees and Wannabes’ by Rosalind Wiseman. To create a story from a self-help guide style text takes a skilled writer, and then, to make it funny and intelligent and relevant all at once, now that takes an outstandingly-skilled writer.
Thus, another thing that my sister and I have bonded on: smart and comedic female actor-writer-producers. They empower us.
In the 10 years since the film’s initial release through to now in our twenties, we’ve learned a lot about ‘girl world’, growing up enough to recognise and eliminate what is ‘plastic’ and knowing that when it comes to dreaming and succeeding, ‘the limit does not exist’.
I feel so blessed to have a sister to share this journey with and I believe that one day we’ll create something together that will resonate with others in the same way that Mean Girls teaches us to just be ourselves.
Happy Birthday Little Sister xx