“Mr. Doescher’s mash-ups are more than mere merchandise. They’re also reverent, clever and a novel way for fans to re-immerse themselves in their beloved franchise.”
—New York Times on the William Shakespeare’s Star WarsTM series
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Having been referenced in music videos by the likes of Ariana Grande, featured in exclusive collaborations with major brands, honoured with an annual “holiday” on October 3, and adapted as a new Broadway musical, Mean Girls has endured as one of the most beloved films of the early aughts. Packed with cunning women, devastating betrayals, obsession, and jealousy, it’s a surprise that this 2004 hit comedy film didn’t come from the quill of William Shakespeare. Now, this scathing take on the trials and tribulations of high school popularity collides with the Bard of Avon in William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls (Quirk Books; April 23, 2019, ages 14 & up) by Ian Doescher, author of the best-selling William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series.
The until-recently home-schooled Cady Heron faces a slew of new challenges when she transfers to North Shore High School, where the social hierarchy is run by the merciless clique the Plastics and their leader, Regina George. Cady’s tale sees her rise from nobody to super-popular Plastic only to fall to friendless Mathlete—all while navigating a star-crossed romance. Doescher’s retelling of the drama of Cady, Regina, Gretchen, Karen, Janis, and more blends authentic iambic pentameter and stage directions with a modern sensibility, retaining the best jokes and lines from the movie and drawing comparisons between these pop-culture characters and the most compelling women of Shakespeare’s plays.
On the fifteenth anniversary of its release, Mean Girls is a recognized cultural phenomenon, and it’s more than ready for an Elizabethan makeover. Young adult and Millennial readers will enjoy revisiting this favourite film in a brand-new way. You go, Will Shakespeare!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ian Doescher is the New York Times best-selling author of the William Shakespeare’s Star Warsseries. He holds a BA in music from Yale, an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, and a PhD in theology from Union Seminary. A theologically trained social media specialist, he currently works for a marketing agency in Portland, Oregon.