Literature: Airhead Series
Meet Nikki Howard...or Emerson Watts. Or whoever that is.
In this series written by Meg Cabot
, Emerson Watts
didn’t even want to go to the new SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening. But someone needed to look out for her sister Frida, whose crush, British heartthrob Gabriel Luna, would be singing and signing autographs there—along with the newly appointed Face of Stark, teen supermodel sensation Nikki Howard. How was Em to know that disaster would strike, changing her—and life as she’d known it—forever? One devastating accident later, and Em Watts, always the tomboy, never the party princess, is no longer herself. Literally. Brainiac Em Watts loses her body in an accident and has her brain transplanted into supermodel Nikki Howard's body. Now she has to deal with fame, the shallow lifestyle she hates and a conspiracy behind the imposing Stark Enterprises.
Books currently in this series:
- Being Nikki
Tropes appearing in the Airhead series:
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Em initially views Frida to be this, but comes to appreciate her more as the series goes on.
- Nikki is certainly this to her brother.
- Big Brother Is Watching You: If you buy a Stark Quark or a Stark-brand phone. The worst part is they're doing it to find donor bodies like Nikki's.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Initially, Em and Frida but they get over it.
- Mega Corp.: Stark Industries, to a point. They literally dominate almost every market in this fictional universe, though competition does still exist.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: The real Nikki's sending an email using her address leads Emerson, Steven, Lulu, Brandon and Christopher right to her, giving them exactly what they need to bring down Stark.
- Also, Stark's idea of putting recording devices in their phones comes back to bite them in the ass at the end.
- Real Women Never Wear Dresses: In-universe in Airhead. So the main character is anti-materialistic? OK. But she and her mother loathe femininity so much that they insist on her little sister not trying to be a cheerleader because they think cheerleading degrades women. Em hates on model Nikki Howard (without knowing anything about her!) simply because Nikki advertizes a cosmetics brand. All of the other girls in Em's class are shallow, slutty, and Alpha Bitch-y. She describes popular girls as "The Walking Dead". The only girly girl in the series portrayed in a nice light is Lulu, and even she is supposed to be dumb, but goodhearted.
- To be fair, Em gradually starts to change her mind on this as the books progress. And near the end of the series she calls her mother out on the fact that she is such a Straw Feminist that she does not even tell her daughters that they look pretty. Her mother seems to learn from this.
- Spoiler Title/Trailers Always Spoil: The first Airhead book spends a great deal of time leading up to the reveal that Em has had her brain transplanted into Nikki's body. Anyone who read the back cover already knows this.