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Clarissa, Now Grown Up, to Explain It All in a New Book


Time to break out your loudest clothing, because Clarissa Darling is back. In a book, not a TV show. But still. Way cool.

The writer responsible for this glorious surge of ’90s Nickelodeon nostalgia is Mitchell Kriegman, who created Clarissa Explains It All back in the day and has now written Things I Can’t Explain, in which Clarissa is a 23-year-old aspiring journalist who “deals with the obstacles toward becoming a real adult:

finding and keeping a job in a turbulent economy, the luxury of a first apartment without roommates, figuring out how to deal with parents all over again, and unexpected feelings for a really cute guy who — of course — has an on-and-off again girlfriend.”

That all sounds very “generic girl-in-the-city rom-com”-ish but hey, all we have so far is a two-sentence description. And, really, it fits pretty well with the show, the strong suit of which was never original plots. (I vaguely remember an episode where Clarissa wanted to go to a Pearl Jam concert and another one where Ferguson sued a bunch of people. But that’s it.) It was Clarissa: Snarky, oddly-dressed, computer game-playing Clarissa, who would just… talk about her life to complete strangers before blogs even existed. She was ahead of her time, that one.

As EW points out, the book’s premise is similar to that of the 1995 CBS show Clarissa Now, in which Clarissa moved to New York City to intern for a newspaper. But whereas the show’s pilot never made it to the masses, the book will be coming out in Fall 2014.

Good thing, too. I have so many questions about what happened to Clarissa and the rest of them. Has she kept her propensity for neon? Is Ferguson still the little snot he always was?  Do Clarissa and Sam stay in touch? Does Clarissa play Mass Effect now?

(via: A.V. Club)

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  • http://active-voice.net/beckyallen/ allreb

    If Clarissa lives in the city now, I hope Sam enters her apartment from the fire escape whenever he visits. (But I do genuinely feel like Clarissa would be a great character as a 20-something trying to work out adulthood, since she was already a great character as a teen, trying to work out teen-dom, and I think her personality and brand of snark would update easily.)

  • http://twitter.com/SoupyTwist SoupyTwist

    It bugs me that she’s in her early 20′s just because I looked up to her so much as a pre-adolescent. What did I figure? I think at the time she was 3 to 5 years older than me and I thought of her as an older and wiser role model. It’s weird to have her be younger than me now.

    Also she didn’t just *play* video games. She freaking *made* them! She was so cool.

  • http://twitter.com/LauraTruxillo Laura Truxillo

    Yikes, for a second I thought it was a book MJH was going to write and it was going to be one of those awkward-want-but-do-not-want moments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=525535616 Bridget Marie Blodgett

    Right there with you. Sorry but Clarissa was older than me when the show was on and I’m now thirty. So you’re either advertising to a group that doesn’t know the original content while also telling the group who does that you don’t think their lives are interesting enough anymore. Fail.

  • http://twitter.com/thelambandtea The Lamb

    I’m a nitpicking nerd and am going to point out that the Clarissa Now pilot DID make it to the masses. You just had to sit through a whole day worth of The Big Help marathon programming to see it. And it was ridiculously similar to when Sabrina the Teenage Witch wanted to be a journalist several years later.

  • http://twitter.com/LanceBravestar1 Lance Bravestar

    Haha, yeah! Sam should not ever use the door!

  • Anonymous

    At 21, I remember her as being older than me when I watched in reruns in the mid-late 90s, and now she still is! Yay for being a catered-to demographic!

    So does this mean it’s set circa 2002, or does she age like a comic book character?