The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants on Netflix: a burst of nostalgia for millenials

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The literary hit that marked a generation of Noughties teenagers is now on Netflix.

The news gave millenial women a shot of nostalgia: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a series of five novels that appeared in the early Noughties and was such a huge success that it became a social phenomenon.

The pitch? The novel for young adults depicts the adventures of Bridget, Carmen, Lena and Tibby, four teenagers living in the same small town in America and BFFs since they were born in the same month of the same year.

They’re forced to spend their summer holidays apart for the first time and the four friends are joined together by the same jeans, a magical garment that fits their different shapes. The jeans are a lucky charm creating a bond between the 4 teens which they each wear for one week. The pants join them in their highs and lows and capture their best memories.

The feel-good novel was like a tidal wave when it came out in 2001 and every group of teenagers all over the world dreamt of recreating the foursome’s experience: just think back to all the jeans that college students born in the 90s massacred in tribute to the cult literary series, collateral victims of pop culture that only touched on the importance of friendship, first love and becoming an adult.

Based on the first novel in the successful saga, the film that came out four years later has just landed on Netflix: it stars the best leading ladies from “girly” series such as Blake Lively (the unforgettable Serena Van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) and America Ferrara and Amber Tamblyn from Ugly Betty.

15 years have passed since the film came out so has it aged well? The jury’s out but The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is the ultimate guilty pleasure (which the original cast experienced 2 years ago) to indulge in during lockdown.

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