‘Little Miss’ children’s book series is the internet’s latest obsession – NBC New York

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The internet has turned adorable children’s cartoons into memes perfect for sharing insecurities and toxic traits.

Do you remember Little Miss and Mr. Men?

These little characters went viral after social media users started parodying the classic “Little Miss Sunshine” with relatable and iconic takes like Little Miss Trauma Dumpster and Little Miss Can I hit your vape?

The origins of Little Miss and Mr. Men

The Mr. Men characters were created in 1971 when children’s author Roger Hargreaves wrote “Mr. Tickle”, a book with a smiling yellow creature with movable arms on the cover.

The series quickly took off, leading to the creation of “Little Miss Bossy”, “Little Miss Naughty” and “Little Miss Sunshine” in 1981, according to the book series website.

English author Roger Hargreaves (1935 – 1988) dances with Mr Happy (left) and Little Miss Scatterbrain at the Inn on the Park Hotel, Park Lane, London, at the launch of the ‘Little Miss’ book series , 8 April 1981 .
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The characters even extended to “Little Princess Princess” in 2011 before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and the Spice Girls even received their own Little Misses in 2019.

The most recent edition of the series is titled “Mr. Bolt,” and is inspired by Olympic gold medalist and world record holder sprinter Usain Bolt.

How the meme started

Now Gen Z has taken to the characters to create the new meme to share everything from mental and physical health issues to questionable red flags, like Mr. Hairline and Little Miss Passive Aggressive.

The meme was born on Instagram earlier this year from the user @juulpuppy, the self-proclaimed “uncredited creator” of the meme. In a post on Monday, the user said his “first 30 miss/mr. memes went viral and spawned subsequent meme pages on tiktok and instagram and thousands of followers for other creators. using this pattern!”

“Of course, memes and internet culture aren’t usually about credit, but I think some of you could probably relate that I create original content almost every day and have reaped very little of the benefits of this trend i started… i’m glad people are having fun and that’s all about memes at the end of the day i just wanted to point it out,” the user wrote.

Since then, the meme has spread to other accounts that post the characters, like @littlemissnotesappwhich has more than 1.2 million subscribers, and @starbucksslayqueenwhich has nearly 100,000 subscribers.

The meme has since spread from Instagram to other social media platforms, leading TikTokers to post videos describing themselves as characters, and Twitter users to post their own versions.

Even sports teams like the Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bears released their own versions, and phone case company CASETiFY launched a special Mr. Men Little Miss collection.

So prepare for these adorable little characters to be all over your Instagram Stories for the next few days (if that hasn’t already taken over).

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