Hey Meg...first of all I want you to know that you are one of the BEST authors and you are my idol. Your books are simply amazing and they've helped me a lot when I am in difficult situations....I can really relate to them.
Now for the question I want to ask you- I was just re-reading the Princess Diaries Volume-II the other day and I found something intresting....in her English Journal, Mia writes about this made for TV movie called "Who is Julia?" where Julia is this model whose brain is transplanted into an ordinary housewife's body.
I found this movie resembled "Airhead" a little (ofcourse most of it is COMPLETELY different). So I just want know that is this movie one of the inspirations to Airhead (though we all know the real story behind it...the "I-wish-I-was-in-a-supermodel's-body" story)? Also this book was published around 2001...so is that how long the idea of Airhead has been in your head? That's it I guess...
Hi! Oh my gosh, I forgot about this movie! So dishy. Then the housewife's husband kidnaps her and forces her to go back to doing the dishes in their mobile home because he can't accept that she's not really his wife anymore! And it makes the supermodel realize her own life was empty and shallow (sort of like the movie "Overboard.")
It's the opposite of the story of Airhead (and no evil corporation is doing the surgery. And there are no teenagers). But moral is still, "Who you are is special, and people love you for what's inside, not what's outside. But that doesn't mean what's inside doesn't need improving (like Nikki Howard, who only thought about her looks, and could be so awful and manipulative) and what's outside couldn't stand some tweaking, too (like Em Watts, who thought only shallow people cared about how they looked, and so had no self-confidence or pride in herself or her appearance, only her brain)."
The whole brain-transplanting thing has been around for a long time. There's also a famous children's book called Eva published in 1988 by Peter Dickinson about a girl who gets her brain transplanted into a monkey's body. In the end Eva chooses to go live with the monkeys because none of the humans will accept a girl with a human brain in a monkey body (I'm told, I never read it, but it's one of my friend's favorite books). One of my favorite games to play in bars is, "Who would you rather have your brain transplanted into, a monkey or Spencer Pratt? And no, you can't kill yourself." Etc. until you get to Hitler.