Monday, June 01, 2020
Ordinary Girls, by Blair Thornburgh
Her older sister Ginny anxiously awaits early acceptance at Penn (but then, Ginny has a condition and is anxious about everything!). Mother, who made her fortune illustrating a children's classic series about five country mice, is about to lose her source of income as her publisher decides to have all the illustrations redrawn by a new artist. If Ginny cannot land a lucrative financial aid deal, what will happen to the family?
A clever mash up of Austen/Bronte tropes, modernized in a witty fashion, and guaranteed to appeal to the same gang that loved what Clueless did to Emma. This is a more nuanced affair, maintaining more of the flavor and wit of the models, but does not necessarily break much new ground in the effort. There is a point to be made here about the timelessness of Austen's books, but this is a rather peculiarly pedantic exercise in doing so. Once made, the story itself is largely inconsequential and has much less to say about the world.