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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a series of books by Ann Brashares. The series chronicles the lives of four girls who have been best friends since they were babies. One summer before they had to split for the season, they find a pair of jeans that magically fit all four of them. So they decide to rotate the pants around through the mail to keep in touch while they're apart. Each book in the series takes place over one summer.In 2005 a movie was made based on the first book. It starred Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, and Alexis Bledel. The original series consisted of four books, but a sequel has been released since then, as well as a spin-off taking place in the same universe and focusing on new characters.
This book series and film adaptation provide examples of:
Adaptational Curves: Tibby in the books is said to be petite and flat-chested like a younger child, the movies has her portrayed by the slightly shapelier Amber Tamblyn.
Aesop Amnesia: Very weirdly averted. At first, Carmen getting mad at her mother for getting pregnant might seem like she's forgetting her experiences in the first and second book, but her inner narrative states that she can figure out what happens when she gets angry and the fallout, but she still does it.
Played straight for almost everyone in Sisterhood Everlasting. Carmen lets someone she has no real connection with absorb her life, Lena watches life drift by by waiting for Kostos again, and the girls make the same mistake their mothers did by letting each other slip away.
Easily Forgiven: Bridget in Sisterhood Everlasting. She leaves Eric in the middle of the night and doesn't get in contact with him for weeks, then comes back into his life just long enough to ask for money before leaving for Australia and not getting in contact with him for months. At the end of the book, she calls him to her and tells him about their pregnancy. And...he forgives her. Just like that.
Four Girl Ensemble: There is Lena, who is a shy, introspective aspiring artist, Bridget, who is daring and courageous with gorgeous blond hair, Carmen, who is the organized one and the "glue" keeping the Sisterhood together, and Tibby, who is known as the rebel and disdainful one.
Sibling Yin-Yang: Lena is quiet and withdrawn, while her sister Effie is confident and outgoing.
Goes for Bee and her twin brother Perry, too. Bee is outgoing, passionate, impulsive and a jock, while Perry is very quiet, withdrawn, and lives at his computer.
So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Lena, though in a more realistic case than usual. Her striking good looks contrast with her antisocial personality, and most people are too intimidated to even approach her.
Spicy Latina: Carmen's hurt feelings and temper lead her to throw a rock through her father's dining room window and then run away.
Tomboy and Girly Girl: Broody, snarky Tibby comes off as more tomboyish than the other girls, especially fashionableCarmen, but the trope isn't really played straight. Sporty, flirtatious Bridget is also the tomboy to shy, artistic Lena.
True Companions: Carmen narrates saying, "Together, it was as if we formed one single, complete person."
Tsundere: Carmen, although she rarely is Tsun to any of her romantic interests, instead towards her family and occasionally her friends.
alternative title(s): Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants; The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants; Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants; The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants; The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants