No, Girl Meets World is not a book; it’s a show.
Fun fact: Boy Meets World is my favorite TV show of all time, and I grew up on the later seasons of it, but I also have gone back in my later years and watched it from the very beginning. Still my favorite: no question.
Confession: I found Literary Disco on Rider Strong’s (Shawn Hunter) Twitter. Had I not been curious about the Boy Meets World cast, I probably would have never come across it.
Side fact to seem less crazy: Had I not coincidentally just read The Fault In Our Stars, I probably would have never clicked the link.
Any-who, this will be a special “just this once” TV show review because well, by the logic in my head, no Boy Meets World = no discovery of Rider and friends’ awesome podcasts about books and writing = no inspiration to create this blog. And no Boy Meets World obsession = no excitement for Girl Meets World, and I have been excited ever since they announced that it was happening way back when.
Reason in a nutshell: so my said obsession with Boy Meets World does not cloud my judgement.
Before I start, I am fully aware that this is not about Cory and Topanga; it is about their children. Cory’s met the world. Now it’s his daughter’s turn. I understand that we will never have shows like the sitcoms in the 90’s because the 90’s, unfortunately, are over.
That being said, I loved the pilot. Let me just say, I am still amused by some of the Disney Channel shows that are on today (i.e. Jessie, Dog with a Blog, Liv and Maddie, Austin and Ally, etc), so let that be the standard scale (does that make sense?).
And even though it is not about Cory and Topanga, I am happy that their parental characters are very much still like the Cory and Topanga that I knew and loved in Boy Meets World. The dynamic in their relationship is still the way it was, and it hasn’t drastically changed.
Anyway, Girl Meets World fits perfectly in the Disney Channel family. It’s got the Disney Channel ingredients: one over-the-top goofy character like Farkle, a comical side to an emotional scene like the lady on the subway, silly unrealistic way to get someone’s attention like Riley flying down the subway into Lucas, over-the-top schemes that don’t seem to get the kids in as much trouble as they would in real life, etc.
I’m not sure how I feel about the pilot story though. I felt like it jumped in too quickly. I’m not sure how to explain this, nor do I have any idea how I would have done it differently.
Now, it seems like the first day of class because Riley does not know who this teacher is and is surprised to find Dad as the teacher. However, Mr. Matthews says, “Now lets get back to jamming some learning into your heads.”
And I’m guessing Lucas moved in the middle of the year? Maybe they’ll get to that later, but it wasn’t a very smooth transition of Lucas going from stranger to a friend of Riley’s. When the sprinklers go off, Lucas said to Riley, “You’re better than that.” How’s he know? It seemed like it was just a switch that turned him from subway boy to someone who knows Riley is “better than that” and part of the friends and family group, approved by Dad all of a sudden.
During the sprinkler scene, Lucas asked, “Why didn’t you stop her?” Well why didn’t you, Lucas?!
Ok, ok, it’s a show made for kids on Disney Channel, so I know I’m being too critical and paying way more attention to detail than any kid would.
Big picture though, for what it is, it is great, and I love it.