The Diary Of A Teenage Girl

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The film version of Diary of a Teenage Girl, rather than condemning patriarchal privilege and its attendant exploitations as the book does, is instead a very careful take on a young 's girl 's exploration of her sexuality. The film and the book share the same premise but ultimately differ on delivery due to their inherently different approaches to capturing Minnie’s life as her and the other characters are portrayed differently, so much so that is a cautious take on an otherwise un-barred novel. Rather than touching upon patriarchal privilege and its exploitations, the film smooths over many of the more intense aspects in order to create a happy ending for itself, which is fundamentally different than what the book intended. “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” is based on the popular graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner published in 2002 and written as well as directed by Marielle Heller. They follow the life of Minnie (Bew Powley), who is 15 years old, in San Franciso in the year 1976. She lives with her single mother (Kristin Wiig) and younger sister. Monroe (Alexander Skarsgard), is her mother’s 35 year-old boyfriend, and the two of them carry on a secret sexual relationship. In the book, the text speaks for Minnie in ways that she cannot speak for herself which leaves the reader to fill in the gaps; however, viewers get no sense of this in the film, where what happens is taken at surface value. Patriarchal control of the men in her life, such as Pascal and Munroe, still

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