Monday, July 28, 2008

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

I loved the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books. They were fun youth fiction that were all about girls and their friends. Of course, they included a lot of obsessing about boys, but the boys popped in and out of the books while the focus remained on the girls. What's more, the four friends face real problems: being the child of immigrant parents, dealing with divorce, the death of a parent, and relating to siblings.

So I was stoked when I realized the second movie based on Sister of the Traveling Pants books will be released in the next couple of weeks. It seems clear, though that the second movie is actually based mostly on the last book, the one I found weakest in the series. Ann Brashares, while brilliant at portraying the awkward teenage years, seems less good at portraying the early grownup years. Much of what went on in the last book seemed overmuch. Her portrayal of Tibby's attitude about sex was appalling. Rather than responding to her first sexual experience in a positive way, the character feels as if she's ruined herself and pushes her boyfriend away.

Regardless, I'm excited to see the next move, even if it's focused on the book I like the least. The first movie helped launch the careers of Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl") and America Ferrera ("Ugly Betty"). Hopefully Ferrera will stop her needless shrinking.

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