New Explorations of Girls’ Media Culture
Edited By Mary Celeste Kearney
8 Falling in Love with High School Musical: Girls’ Talk about Romantic Perceptions Shiri Reznik and Dafna Lemish 151
eIght Falling in Love with High School Musical: Girls’ Talk about Romantic Perceptions Shiri Reznik and Dafna Lemish On inauguration night, January 20, 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michele Obama greeted supporters and danced at various balls in their honor throughout Washington, D.C. At the same time, according to a live report on CNN, their two young daughters, Malia (then 10 years old) and Sasha (7), celebrated this historic event with a group of close friends in their new home, the White House, with a private screening of High School Musical 3 (2008). Given the wide popularity of the High School Musical franchise among tween girls around the world and the ubiquity of Disney products in commercial tween culture, this was a likely choice of entertainment in the celebration enjoyed by the girls and their friends. As a modern version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the first High School Musical movie is a love story between two high-school teens belonging to rival social groups: Troy Bolton (Zac Efron), the popular, handsome, white captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens), the shy, beauti- ful, and newly arrived Latina student in school who excels in math and science. Together they try out for leading roles in their high school’s musical, despite peer pressure to avoid doing so. Both win their desired roles and they begin to develop a romantic relationship. Their relationship intensifies during the second movie in the series, which portrays the experiences of Troy,...
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