"You are, in the nicest possible way, quite possibly clinically insane."
Wildly popular teenage literary series by Louise Rennison. The books are the diaries of Georgia Nicolson, who is 13 at the beginning of the series and 15-16 in the last installments. So popular in the author's native Britain that the books were released in the USA with minor adjustments and were adapted into a film that was released in 2008.Noted for containing many "Georgia-isms" that have made their way into everyday language, such as "nunga-nungas" (breasts), "marvy" or "fabby" (anything Georgia likes) and "I'm away laughing on a fast camel" (goodbye). Reprints of the books include a glossary.
The series comprises of:
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
It's OK, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers! (USA version: On The Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God)
Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas.
Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants!
... And That's When It Fell Off in My Hand. (USA version: Away Laughing on a Fast Camel)
...Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers.
...Startled by His Furry Shorts!
Luuurve Is a Many Trousered Thing...
Stop in the Name of Pants!
Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?
Major characters include:
Georgia Nicolson - The protagonist and narrator. She is snarky and immature, but still likeable.
Jas - Georgia's best friend. Prone to rambling on, fringe-flicking, and wearing enormous underwear.
"The Ace Gang" - consists of Georgia and Jas as well as Rosie, Ellen, Jools and Mabs (joined by Honor and Sophie in the last book).
Robbie (the "Sex God") - Georgia's boyfriend in the early books.
Tom - Robbie's brother, also Jas's boyfriend whom she calls "Hunky".
Masimo (the "Luuurve God" and "Italian Stallion") - An extremely good-looking Italian singer who replaces Robbie in Georgia's affections.
Dave "The Laugh" - Boyfriend, later turned ex, close friend and occasional "snogging partner" of Georgia.
"Wet" Lindsay - Georgia's enemy and rival for the affections of Robbie and Masimo.
Angus and Gordy - Georgia's crazy pet Scottish wildcats.
Libby - Georgia's younger sister, not yet toilet trained.
"Mutti" and "Vati" - Georgia's uncool parents.
These books provide examples of:
The Ace: Jas is a bit of a "teacher's botty-kisser" and apparently "top girl at blodge...and, uh, everything."
All Guys Want Cheerleaders: When Georgia goes to "Hamburger-a-gogo land" (America), Dave asks her to bring him back an American cheerleader.
All Women Love Shoes: Georgia takes this to the extreme when she chooses to wear shoes three sizes too small just so she can impress Masimo. She can't take them off and ends up having to get Dr. Clooney to cut them off her feet.
Almost Kiss: Happens quite often with Georgia and Dave, and once or twice with Robbie.
Alpha Bitch: Depending on your view, either Georgia herself or "Wet" Lindsay
Or, you know, both of them. Interestingly, the character actually named Libby does not qualify.
It is mentioned that she is a bully at her nursery school (although usually to the little boys), so perhaps she's an example-in-training?
Always Someone Better: Dave the Laugh is constantly overlooked by Georgia because he is not as good-looking nor a pop-star like Robbie and Masimo.
Asian Airhead: Ellen was The Ditz of the Ace Gang in the books where her ethnicity is not mentioned. The movie made her Asian and created Unfortunate Implications. However, she is Indian, not East Asian as the trope usually implies.
Better as Friends: Georgia and Robbie. Also, Georgia thinks that she and Dave are better off as friends before Masimo breaks up with her and she finally realises Dave has been in love with her all along.
Door Judo: In one book, Georgia skips school to spy on her mother at home, whom she suspects of having an affair with the builder. She is caught when they open the living room door and she falls through it, so has to pretend she was sent home sick from school.
Dramatic Irony: What is blatantly obvious to the reader is often unfathomable to Georgia. A prime example would be her constant complaining about her mother — her clothes, her attitude, the way she acts around her friends — when it's obvious to the reader that Georgia is a carbon copy of her mum.
Dumbass Has a Point: Even dithering Ellen has moments of insight, to her friends' confusion. A more meta example is Georgia, who says things that border on the wise (if she didn't immediately ruin the effect by doing something idiotic a paragraph later).
Driven to Suicide: Georgia contemplates suicide because of her big nose, wondering if anyone would really care if she killed herself, and who would turn up to her funeral. She writes a suicide note to her parents, but decides not to kill herself because she can't be bothered.
Dungeonmaster's Girlfriend: Georgia borders on this during the early books when she tries to hang out with Robbie's bandmates, usually ending in embarrassment for her.
Easily Forgiven: Jas and Georgia have a falling out in almost every book, but they always end up making up in a few hours or less, or at longest a few days. Also, Dave and Georgia are virtually unable to not forgive the other for anything.
Escalating War: Georgia and Lindsay, after Georgia decides to pursue Robbie whilst Lindsay is still dating him.
Everyone Can See It: Georgia is oblivious to her and Dave being perfect for each other. Props to Dave for trying to tell her in his "What if you were really meant to be with someone" speech. Unfortunately, Georgia doesn't believe him and calls him daft.
Dave: What if you were really meant to be with someone? But you kept on messing about and having the Horn and so on and you lost them.
Generation Xerox: Georgia's mum is simply a grown-up Georgia. She even recalls being in exactly the same situations Georgia gets herself into. Their ultimate choice of a partner that they can have a laugh with rather than a "sex god" is also similiar.
Just Friends: Georgia and Dave are apparently "just mates". Mates who end up accidentally snogging each other every so often. Although in the last two novels Dave really does try his hardest to stay in the friend zone with Georgia, because he is going out with Emma. Georgia doesn't seem to care much about cheating on Masimo or Robbie at all, because she loves snogging Dave too much.
Karma Houdini: Wet Lindsay receives no major retribution for her constant tormenting of Georgia. The Bummer Twins spend three whole books not being caught or punished for their reign as the school bullies, and when they're finally expelled from school, it's for shoplifting.
Last Kiss: Masimo gives Georgia one before leaving to go to London.
Last Minute Hookup: Georgia and Dave finally get together in the second last page of the last book.
Market-Based Title: It's OK, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers! was changed to On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God and ... And That's When It Came Off in my Hand was changed to Away Laughing on a Fast Camel for the US publication. The title of the film was changed slightly to Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, since "full-frontal snogging" was thought to be inappropriate for a pre-teen audience.
Moment Killer: Mr. Across the Road, when Robbie walks Georgia back to her house after taking her out to coffee. He is about to snog her when Mr. Across the Road interrupts them, complaining to Georgia about Angus destroying their aquarium.
Not Allowed to Grow Up: Georgia's sister Libby is mentioned as 3 years old at the start of the series but does not mature with the rest of the cast; in the later books she has not yet started school, is still not toilet trained and her speech has not developed. Lampshaded as Georgia wonders why her parents don't bother to teach her sister these things.
Not Listening to Me, Are You?: "Something VERY INTERESTING happened to me last night. I slit my throat and my head rolled off. Have you seen it anywhere?"
Oblivious to Love: Georgia is oblivious to Dave's feelings for her, dismissing them as just him being a nice friend.
Only One Name: Dave the Laugh's surname is never mentioned, despite him being one of the main male characters.
Operation Jealousy: Georgia using Dave the Laugh as a "red herring" to make Robbie jealous.
Pet the Dog: despite looking down on Pamela Green (nicknamed Nauseating P. Green) Georgia actually defends her from the Bummer Twins and when they are finally expelled, it is because she and her Ace Gang told the school authorities that they were the shoplifters instead of P. Green who they had initially framed.
Really Gets Around: Georgia, when compared to her friends. By the end of the series, she has been with five boys in total (Whelk Boy, Mark Big Gob, Dave the Laugh, Robbie and Masimo), whilst the other Ace Gang members have only been with one or two. Dave has also been with four girls (Georgia, Ellen, Rachel and Emma).
Romantic False Lead: Dave's two ex-girlfriends, Rachel and Emma. The former being more of a false lead because Dave is still fooling around with Georgia whilst dating her, and doesn't seem to take their relationship too seriously.
After he dumps Rachel, Dave starts dating Emma Jacobs, and this time round he really does try to be a good boyfriend to her and stay faithful. It is clear that he has strong feelings for Georgia, but all the same he does seem to like Emma quite a bit, even going as far as to go to a Sculpture Park with her and her parents.
But in the end she still ends up being a Romantic False Lead, because it becomes obvious that although Dave likes her, his heart really belongs to Georgia.
Maybe, but not quite Ellen because Dave and Gee's relationship was still quite new around the time that he started dating her, and Dave may not have developed such strong feelings towards Gee yet.
Romantic Runner-Up: Robbie and Masimo, who end up being first and second runner-up to Dave.
Running Gag: Nauseating P. Green, Melanie Griffiths' basoomas.
Selective Obliviousness: Georgia cannot seem to acknowledge her true feelings for Dave because she sees him as just a "matey-mate" and not a "Sex God" or "Luuurve God".
Serenade Your Lover: Robbie does this to Georgia before leaving to go to Kiwi-a-gogo land, and after coming back.
She Is All Grown Up: One of the few times Georgia's mutti compliments her, not counting when she is dressed up to go to gigs.
Ship Sinking: Anyone who shipped Georgia/Robbie had their ship capsized when she chose Masimo over him. Also, the extreme minority of fans who shipped Georgia/Masimo would've had their ship sunk when he left for London at the end of ATMBISBM.
Third-Option Love Interest: Dave the Laugh throughout most of the novel when Georgia is chasing after either Robbie or Masimo, but snogging him on the side.
Token Minority: Ellen is played by an Indian girl in the film adaptation. May be because the director (Gurinder Chadha) is Indian, and known for her films about British Asians. Originally, she was a Composite Character called "Namita", but the role was re-dubbed as Ellen after protests from fans.
True Love is Exceptional: Dave the Laugh is Georgia's most constant love interest, despite lacking her usual "requirements" for a boyfriend (older, "Sex God" looks, sings in a band, own transport). In the first book, she wonders why anybody would date someone just because they were funny, but this is presented as Dave's best feature from the moment he appears in the second.
With Friends Like These...: Georgia and Jas can be pretty horrible to one another. Georgia often snarls about Jas' fringe, giant knickers and obsession with pond life. She's also been known to shove Jas and undermine her confidence. Jas does the same right back, specialising in vicious kicks and passive-aggressive silent treatment, as well as making nasty digs about Georgia's reputation and morality. The rest of the Ace Gang, though frequently so shallow they reflect themselves, have a better handle on the whole "friendship" thing.
Wrong Guy First: Right guy second. Unfortunately, Georgia was just using him as a red-herring, so it didn't really count.
This is not including Whelk Boy and Mark Big Gob, because they were not really proper boyfriends.
Wrote the Book: Georgia is convinced that her cats Angus and Gordy wrote a book on "Cat Tips On How To Really Annoy Your Baldy Owners". Also, she is convinced that her vati has read and taken tips from books called "How To Be The Most Embarrassing Dad In History" and "How To Be Really Crap".
Your Cheating Heart: Georgia and Dave both cheat on their partners with each other on many occasions.