Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars

Over the past few days I have been forcing myself to watch the Disney Channel Original Movie (or D-COM if you will) Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars, starring Wizards of Waverly Place’s Jennifer Stone.  I finally finished last night.

Pictured: Excruciating pain for me


Lindsay’s Grade: F-

The problem with this movie was that it sucked.  The acting was terrible, the story was stupid, and I never once believed in any of it.

I had high hopes for this movie, because I really love Jennifer Stone.  Or at least I love Harper on WoWP.  Also, I adore Harriet the Spy – the book and the movie starring Michelle Trachtenberg from the 90s.  Who didn’t adore that movie?  It was awesome.  I should go buy it.  Actually I think I like the 90s movie even more than the book.

Pictured: Awesome Sauce


Back to Blog Wars.  The acting.  Every character grated on my nerves.  The only character I actually liked was Beth Ellen.  The girl who played her did so in a manner that worked really well with who Beth Ellen is.  As for Jennifer, who played Harriet, …. I hated Harriet.  Harriet had no redeeming qualities.  I know that Harriet does some crappy stuff, but you always forgive her because she has an air of innocence and doesn’t really understand that her observations may sting.  But this Harriet just acted like poor me poor me, and there was no part of her that was likeable.  Like I said, I was super surprised that Jennifer Stone couldn’t bring her own loveable tweak to the part.  A shame really.  Golly, the nanny, and Harriet’s parents were pretty bad too.  Although I do have to say that Disney Channel has a hard time portraying adults as anything other than ridiculous.  Can anybody think of an example of a DCOM movie where this is not the case?

(Spoilers, although I doubt anybody would actually like to watch this movie) 

And the plot.  In the 90s movie, Harriet loses her notebook, which her classmates find and then hate her for.  It’s not Harriet’s fault because it was in her own private notebook, not meant for anybody else’s eyes.  In Blog Wars, Harriet’s observations were written on her class’s blog, which is on the freakin’ internet.  So we’re supposed to believe that the evil girl is the one who took that information from the blog and posted it on the internet that can be accessed by everyone and not just the class.  This is just so stupid on so many levels.  The observations spread on the internet were that of a famous teen actor.  So of course everyone’s going to freak out about that.  Disney’s acting like it was a horrid reaction.  It’s so not!  That’s what would happen in the real world!  And it would be the original poster’s fault!  Not the one who spread it!  It’s like friggin’ facebook – if you don’t want it to be known, don’t put it there for anybody to see.

Oh well.  Maybe someday Nickelodeon will do a remake of the 90s movie.  I’m trying to think of someone that’d be good as Harriet.  Hmm.  I’m not up on the 10-12 year old actresses.  Maybe Dakota Fanning’s little sister?  She was really good in Phoebe in Wonderland.

Pictured: The only young actress that I can think of at this moment.


That’s all for BEDA Day 1 for me folks!

<3, Lindsay Folkmann

P.S.  A picture of my new kitchen!  I’m moving right now!  Hooray!

There is at least one dinosaur in every room of my new apartment. That's what makes it so awesome.

P.P.S.  Another thing that irked me about Harriet the Spy.  The only two colors they put her in were red and blue.  Mostly red.  Blue for school, red for everything else.  It was ridiculous.  She was spying on an actor wearing bright bright gouge your eyes out red.  Come on!


6 Responses to “Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars”

  1. 1 ngtjill April 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I haven’t seen the new one, but it doesn’t sound like it works the same way as the old one with the journal and all. Now I want to rewatch the one from the 90s. It’s been so long since I’ve seen it!

  2. 2 ngtjennifer April 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    That is so weird that you posted this today…..I just read Harriet the Spy for the first time tonight. I must admit that I was not a fan. Harriet is pretty much the reason that I never want to have kids. Ugh. I’m sure I would have loved it if I read it as a kid, because I could have identified with Harriet, but not now.

    But I do think that I will LOVE the movie, because Michelle Trachtenburg (or however you spell her name) totally rocks (that’s right, suck it all you Dawn haters!!).

  3. 3 ngtlindsay April 1, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    @Jen Yeah, I saw the movie first, and then a couple of years I read the book. I must have liked it enough that I bought it. I’d have to give it a re-read to make sure of my feelings for it. I remember not liking the sequel to Harriet the Spy, but I think I was OK with the first book.

  4. 4 ngtlindsay April 1, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    @Jen And yeah, I only have good memories of the 90s movie. BUT DO NOT WATCH BLOG WARS – IT IS TERRIBLE!!!!

  5. 5 ngtjill April 2, 2010 at 12:25 am

    @Jen – I’m so glad you mentioned Dawn!! I really thought about it, and then I was like “No, Lindsay hasn’t seen Buffy yet, so it’s too obscure of a reference.” Can’t wait to get to those episodes!

    Back to Harriet the Spy – I’m not sure I’ve ever read it, to be honest. Guess I should give it a try.

  6. 6 Bella fontell April 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    i like jennifer stone on harriet the spy !!!

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