What I Love about Pretty Little Liars

(The show, not small people who chronically fib but are also lovely to look at. though i am sure they have their loveable traits too.)

  1. I have no idea what’s going to happen. Who’s A? Is it Jenna? Is Alison still alive? Is she a ghost sending menacing texts from the Other Side? I do not know! It also always feels like a surprise in when one of the girls’ secrets is revealed. Aria’s mom getting that letter about her husband’s infidelity a few eps back — did not see that coming up around the corner. If you’re read the book series: is it similarly plotted? Like, do you know what’s going to happen before it does? I wonder if it’s as loose an adaptation as The Vampire Diaries or Gossip Girl.
  2. Hanna’s hideous kitty-cat dental office outfit. LOVE it. The first time it made its onscreen appearance, I just could not believe how exactly perfect it was. So glad that she has to wear it every time she goes to work. Hilarious.
  3. Troian Bellisario as Spencer Hastings. (I just had to Wikipedia her name. Crazy name. Very cool.) I knew going into the show that I adored Lucy Hale, our dear Privileged alum, but I did not expect to find the uptight, competitive, rich smart girl character as sympathetic a character as Ms. Bellisario makes her. I think she’s great — and Troian has such a distinctive look. She looked like an old-fashioned movie star in last week’s Homecoming episode. She’s how I picture Jordan Baker from The Great Gatsby.
  4. The New Geeky Photo Guy. Despite the fact that last week’s episode was jam-packed and ended with a giant cliffhanger — would they kill off Emily?? — the stand out for me was the new guy that Hanna meets at Celibacy Club. The guy who shows up to the dance to take photos for the yearbook wearing his grandpa’s bow tie. The guy who agrees to drive Hanna to the dental office because his only other evening plan was to watch the new episode of Hoarders with his mom. (LOVED that line.) Please, please PLL writers, keep the nerdy love interest for Hanna around. He can be the Seth to her Summer (…right, @ErinCC?)
  5.  It Won’t Be That Easy, Bitches! Generally speaking, the word “bitch” bothers the heck out of me. Somehow, this show makes it SO entertaining and perfect.
  6. How good the show looks. Think about how complicated that school dance set was in the Homecoming episode. I love when series take the time and make the effort to create a cool, fully realized, amazing-to-look-at world for us — it’s a big part of what makes Gossip Girl work so well. The director of “There’s No Place Like Homecoming,” Norman Buckley, (who also directs for Gossip Girl) posted on his blog about some of his inspirations for Pretty Little Liars. As you can glean from that post, while some people may view these shows as simple little confections of teen tv, there’s a lot of artistic vision that goes into making a show like this work.

New episode tomorrow night, bitches!

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3 thoughts on “What I Love about Pretty Little Liars

  1. I love this show and I really love Troian. I’ve read the first two books and she’s not the person I thought would play Spencer but I love her as that character. She really brings something special to the character!

    The show started out as a close adaptation of the books, but as it continues you can see where it is manipulating the stories in the book to create a separate identity for the show.

    The show is great and I’m glad that you like the show too!

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