For those who aren’t familiar with the series Veronica Mars, the titular character is a high school student who works as a private investigator for her father, the disgraced former sheriff of Neptune. Veronica used to be one of the elite 09ers until her boyfriend unexpectedly broke up with her and her best friend was murdered. A year later she’s living as an outsider and her former friends want nothing to do with her unless they need to hire her to solve their problems. Those problems run the gamut from typical high school shenanigans to murder.
Kristen Bell is a joy to watch as Veronica and her scenes with Enrico Colantoni as her father, Keith Mars, are both touching and hilarious. Their dialogue is witty and fast paced. They brought a series to life that is so engaging that it created loyal fans who, when a Kickstarter fund was started to film the Veronica Mars movie, donated the goal of 2 million dollars in less than 12 hours.
Teenage girls in 2014 don’t have many strong female role models to look to for inspiration. In a culture where fame is only a sex tape away and Twilight is considered a road map to romance, I believe they can learn some valuable lessons from Veronica Mars.
She Overcomes Adversity
At the beginning of the series Veronica is an outsider like so many of us during our high school years. She’s a have not in a sea of haves. Her only friend is equally ostracized and her father is the butt of jokes. And all that is before we consider her missing mother, her dead best friend, and a rape in her past.
Despite all the hardships she deals with, Veronica never loses her sense of humor. She doesn’t waste time on self pity, striving instead to find solutions.
Although most of us don’t have access to detailed PI databases, we can all look for ways to improve ourselves and our lives.
She Doesn’t Wait For a Man to Come to the Rescue
The difference between Veronica Mars and a Disney princess is that Veronica isn’t just going to sit around and wait for Prince Charming to show up on a white horse. By the time he gets there the bad guy will already be in the back of a squad car.
No, a taser isn’t standard equipment for most of us, but we can all learn to change our own flat tires, right?
She Doesn’t Cave to Peer Pressure
Part of the reason that Veronica lost her status as a cool kid was that she stood behind her dad when the chips were down. It would have been easy to go with the crowd in public, but she refused to cave to the pressure.
It doesn’t matter if she’s dating a millionaire or hanging out with a biker gang, Veronica always stays true to herself and her, admittedly sometimes questionable, morals. She’s loyal to the people she cares about and nobody will ever change that.
I think there’s a lesson in that for all of us.