Virtual Worlds of Girls is an ebook which explores the 20th-century British genre of girls' school stories and looks at the future of reading in an electronic age. School stories have been the most common reading experience for British girls throughout the century, and have also been popular with girls and women around the world, both in English and in translation. The genre is therefore uniquely important in girls' culture, but has still faced widespread dismissal, criticism, hostility and ridicule for its representations of a girl- and women-centred world. However, at the end of the century, straight and queer women, feminists and fans alike are now publicly reclaiming and celebrating the genre and its message of girl power. Virtual Worlds of Girls explores the genre, its relationship with real girls' lives, its reception, its meaning and its significance.

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