On this very special episode, the GeekScholars welcome guest Kody Keplinger, author of The Duff, the wildly popular novel recently adapted into a feature film of the same name, that chronicles a high school girl’s discovery, and research of, the social strata that exists at her school. Keplinger sat down with the GeekScholars to discuss the film at length and revealed her inspirations, her thoughts on the casting, and what didn’t make it onto the big screen in this spoiler-free discussion of the movie.
CBS Films’ The DUFF is the story of that third wheel friend who’s a bit less hot and a bit more approachable than the rest of his/her group. In this case the DUFF is, Bianca (Mae Whitman), without whom, Bianca, Jess and Casey wouldn’t be Bianca, Jess and Casey.
Bianca is not the most popular girl in her class, but she has two really good friends and if she can’t bring herself to say more than three words in a row to her crush, well, she’s still got her friends. That is, until her neighbor, high school football star Wesley, informs her that she’s their DUFF – Designated Ugly Fat Friend.