Through in-depth interviews, this book explores how tween girls relate to media characters past and present, what they value in these relationships, and how these relationships have shaped their own identity and friendships.
The characters themselves are also analyzed from a feminist perspective, revealing the shared values of community, agency, and self-determination of the media characters and the girls who call them friends.
Through examining the characters and the text in which their stories take place, the book sheds light on what is important to tween girls, about the traits they value in others, and the traits they value in themselves.
List of Figures
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2.1 Good Luck Charlie. Bridgit Mendler as Teddy Duncan of Disney’s Good Luck Charlie. ©Disney Channel. Courtesy of PhotoFest.
2.2 H2O: Just Add Water. Phoebe Tonkin as Cleo Sertori (center) of H2O: Just Add Water. H2O: Just Add Water. ©Nickelodeon Network. Courtesy of PhotoFest.
2.3 iCarly. Miranda Cosgrove as Carly Shay of Nickelodeon’s iCarly. ©Nickelodeon. Courtesy of PhotoFest.
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