Galentine’s Day is almost upon us! For those who are unsure just what Galentine’s Day is, it’s a fictional holiday from the TV series Parks and Recreation that’s become a real-world tradition every February 13th. It’s an opportunity to appreciate everything that is beautiful and wonderful about friendships between women.
While I recommend taking this day to go to lunch with your gal pals or just taking a minute to let them know you love and care about them, another great way to celebrate is watching and reading stories about some fantastic, fictional female friends. Here’s 10 to start with that are available at EVPL:
Could any Galentine’s Day themed list truly be complete without a shout out to the fabulous friendships between characters Leslie, Ann, April, and Donna? This show has a wonderful, hilarious cast of characters, both male and female, but the bonds that form between these women make the show extra-special.
Having now completed its second season, this series has mostly gone under the radar. On its surface it may seem like a show about women navigating work and relationships in New York City, but at its heart it’s a fun and fierce celebration of the friendship between three young women.
A stand out during the 2018 award season, Lady Bird is a beautifully done coming-of-age story set in 2002. Although much of the movie focuses on the titular character’s quest for understanding and her navigation of her relationship with her mother, the best part of the film lies in the dynamic between “Lady Bird” and her best friend Julie. This is a perfect film to watch with a best friend you grew up in the early 2000s with.
While Lady Bird might melt your heart, Girls Trip is the perfect film to watch with the friend you love to laugh with. It’s a funny and fast-paced tribute to friendships that begin in college and grow into adulthood. The hilarious cast includes Tiffany Haddish, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Jada Pinkett-Smith, and it’s definitely worth a watch.
The first film I think of upon hearing “women on a road trip” is Thelma and Louise (which you can also check out at EVPL!) — but I imagine that most people would come up with the same movie. So instead I want to highlight the movie that comes to mind second, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. This is a movie that’s always a lot of fun, sometimes a little silly, and makes for a great movie to watch on Galentine’s Day.
Dumplin’ is a young adult book that was recently turned into a movie for Netflix. While the film isn’t currently available to be checked out on DVD at EVPL, I highly recommend giving the book a shot. Just like with many of the other titles on this list, there’s a lot to unpack in this little novel: mother-daughter relationships, loss of a family member, issues surrounding love, self-acceptance, and weight. But it also tells the story of a group of girls entering a beauty pageant for varying reasons, and the friendships between them help make this an amazing story.
This novel is perfect for fans of historical fiction and for those looking for a book that emphasizes friendship over romance. It tells the story of two young women working for the Allies during World War II, and its full of twists, turns, and camaraderie. If you’re looking for a book that will make you cry, not laugh, this Galentine’s Day, this could be the one for you!
This YA novel is outrageous, satirical, and diverse, and you’ve probably never read anything quite like it. Told in alternating points of view, the story follows a group of beauty pageant girls whose plane crashes on a deserted island, and it only gets more bizarre from there as they work together to solve their problems and uncover mysteries of the island. Libba Bray, the author, is fantastic at writing interesting, well-rounded women in her books, and you can find another wonderful group of female friends in her A Great and Terrible Beauty series.
If you’ve never had the chance to read anything by this wonderful author, take the opportunity this Galentine’s Day to read (or even watch!) her most well-loved novel. This book follows a group of women in the late 1940s, all of them first-generation immigrants from China, as well as their American-born daughters. The women of the Joy Luck Club have a deep, endearing bond and an emotional connection that makes this read a great way to celebrate the beauty of female friendship.
If you’ve ever watched the series Stranger Things and thought, “I’d love something like this, but with a team of girls,” this could be the graphic novel you’ve been looking for! The story follows a group of young friends who are working as paper delivery girls in the 80s when their lives take a sudden and dramatic sci-fi turn. This is a series full of time travel, alien gadgetry, 80s fashion, and friendship.