The book series Gossip Girl (written by Cecily Von Ziegesar ’92) and The Clique, which feature girls who will do anything to get to the top of the social ladder, are so popular they’re being adapted for the screen. But some believe they’re sending the wrong messages. “‘[With these series], I think girls have been given permission to be meaner,’ says Lyn Mikel Brown, a professor of education at Colby College in Maine, and the co-author of Packaging Girlhood. “They’re being told that this is how girls show their power.”