Four best friends, a small town, and a mysterious death? No, we’re not talking about the plot of our favorite teen murder mystery, Pretty Little Liars. We’re actually waxing nostalgic about the ‘90s coming-of-age flick, Now and Then. But these two stories have a lot in common — just ask PLL showrunner Marlene King!
“Yep. PLL is the grown up Now & Then,” tweeted Marlene yesterday. “@captainstefanie: @imarleneking And that Janeane Garofalo's character is The Grunwald.” (Janeane Garofalo plays Wiladine in the movie, a self-proclaimed psychic who uses tarot cards to tell the girl protagonists more about the death of “Dear Johnny.”)
It’s no surprise that Pretty Little Liars and Now and Then draw so many comparisons. After all, Marlene wrote the script for the 1995 film, which tells the story of four girls who spend a 1970s summer trying to solve the mystery of Dear Johnny’s death. “Dear Johnny” is the name on a tombstone they find cracked after performing a seance in the local cemetery. Spooky cemetery sequences? Marlene argues that the film actually has more in common with PLL spin-off series, Ravenswood.
“Ravenswood is even more of a grown up Now & Then than PLL is,” Marlene tweeted. “Seances and cemeteries sound familiar?” Based on the feather-heavy promo for Ravenswood that sees the five main characters racing into a cemetery, we see where Marlene is coming from. But we can’t help but compare the four female protagonists in Now and Then to our girls in Rosewood. Aria would totally be Samatha.
Do you see many comparisons between Now and Then and PLL? How about Ravenswood? Sound off in the comments below!
Catch the Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Halloween special on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.