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10 Things I Hate About You: Get the Scoop

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Author's Note: Hello my fellow Whyvillians! I'm Zoe and I'm going to tell you about an AWESOME new series I've been watching. I hope that by the end of this article you'll want to watch it too. So sit back and enjoy!

For the last 7 weeks I've been following a new TV show on ABC Family called "10 Things I Hate About You". This series is based on the 1999 film, also titled 10 Things I Hate About You. The story focuses on two sisters with completely different personalities who are new students at Padua High School. Kat Stratford (Lindsey Shaw) is an extreme feminist, and is not afraid to express it. Her younger sister Bianca Stratford (Meaghan Jette Martin) only wants to be popular, and she'll do anything it takes to get to the top. Their dad, Dr. Walter Stratford (Larry Miller) has very strict rules for his daughters, especially about dating. Bianca tends to blame Kat for their father's rules because she isn't social enough. However, Kat just thinks that Bianca is shallow.

Cameron James (Nicholas Braun) is the underdog at Padua High; and not long after the Stratford sisters start attending school here, he finds himself falling for Bianca. Bianca, however, thinks of Cameron only as her friend. Cameron tries to impress Bianca and prove to her that he can protect her but he's not very good at succeeding in this particular subject.

In Bianca's on-going attempt to become popular, she becomes "friends" with Chastity Church (Dana Davis). Chastity is by far the most popular girl in school. She gets everything she wants from everyone at Padua High (except for Kat) because her dad has the money that keeps it running. She's the head cheerleader for the Padua Penguins and tends to hold it over Bianca, who is the mascot thanks to Chastity.

Kat becomes friends with the artistic and gothic Mandella (Jolene Purdy), who is also overweight. This causes stirring between her and Kat in one episode.

Patrick Verona (Ethan Peck) is the mysterious and rebellious guy that always seems to be around Kat. Whether it's between classes, or in the auto garage, he's always there. Though he and Kat constantly fling insults at each other, it's obvious that they have a "thing" for one another . . . very obvious.

One thing that I love about this show is how much you can see the characters change from episode to episode. I also love how much emotion the actors put into their characters. I can't ever wait until a new "10 Things I Hate About You" premieres.

I know that a lot of you who have never seen "10 Things I Hate About You" the TV series are probably thinking, "Oh, that has to be just like the movie. Why would anyone want to watch a series that's already a movie? Wouldn't you be able to predict every episode?" Not really. The series does stay pretty faithful to the movie but it is a lot different too.

I love this series and have nothing bad to say about it. My only complaint is that episodes only air once a week (Tuesdays at 8/ 7 Central time) and that they should be longer! I'm never ready for an episode to be over when it ends.

If you haven't been keeping up with "10 Things I Hate About You" you should still try watching it at least once. The next episode is "Dance Little Sister", which will air Tuesday, August 25th at 8:00 PM Eastern Time, but check your local TV listings just to make sure! (You wouldn't want to miss out!) However, it is a bit . . . Hmmmm . . . How do I put this? Well, if I had a little sibling under the age of at least 10, I wouldn't let them watch it. (Sorry kids.) This is more of a PG13 kind of show so if you're not 13 yet, you should ask your parents if you can watch it, then watch it with them.

I hope that everyone who reads this will watch "10 Things I Hate About You"! If you don't want to, that's okay. It's your loss.


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