Earlier this year, I finally watched all of Veronica Mars (except the film; I haven’t bought that yet!) and I loved it. It’s a combination of Buffy and Philip Marlowe, with Veronica coping with social ostracism, the murder of her best friend and the growing realisation that she has been raped while passed out, all with a millenial soundtrack and pink crop hoodies.
At Worldcon 75 I went to my first fan meet up, on wonderful iZombie TV programme, showing on Netflix in the UK. Liv is a medical student who goes to a party, where zombies attack. She wakes up to discover that she is a zombie. She gets a job as a morgue assistant, handy for the brains she needs to eat to stop her attacking humans, and discovers that she temporarily takes on the personalities of the person whose brain she eats. Loosely adapted from the DC comic, it’s a great, fun TV series that has recently had season 4 commissioned.
The other piece of media I enjoyed was Lois Lane: Fallout by Greta Bond. A Young Adult novel, it is the story of Lois Lane, future journalist on the Daily Planet and love interest of Clark Kent, Superman, albeit set in the present day (hey if Smallville can get away with it…) The Lois Lane series is about Lois before she meets Clark; she is an army brat and has just moved to her umpteenth high school, in Metropolis, but has a friend that she has met through interaction on an online paranormal forum. She has a history of getting into trouble, often through standing up for her beliefs about what is right. The first book sets up Lois as a high school reporter, discovering the use of a Virtual Reality game by a shady arms company. It also sets Lois up with her own Scooby Gang.
This is something I love about all these stories. The Chosen One in effect chooses herself, but at the same time, her friends have vital skills and knowledge that support her. The friends are often excluded too; Wallace, the black nerd and Mac, the computer geek girl in Veronica Mars; Ravi the British Asian medical examiner and Peyton the high achieving but isolated district attorney. The Daily Scoop, the news website under the Daily Planet‘s umbrella, is staffed with teenagers from Lois’s high school: a secret geek, a girl with a passion for obscure band t-shirts, and a poor little rich boy, whose politician father has been at the centre of a scandal.
And if you’d like to know what it is like to be one of the other kids in the high school where the chosen one and the Scooby gang are doing their thing, then I recommend Patrick Ness’s The Rest of Us Just Live Here.