You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation
You can quote lines from Sixteen Candles (“Last night at the dancemy little brother paid a buck to see your underwear”), your iPod playlist includes more than one song by the Psychedelic Furs and Simple Minds, you watch The Breakfast Club every time it comes on cable, and you still wish that Andie had ended up with Duckie in Pretty in Pink. You're a bonafide Brat Pack devotee—and you're not alone.
The films of the Brat Pack—from Sixteen Candles to Say Anything—are some of the most watched, bestselling DVDs of all time. The landscape that the Brat Packmemorialized—where outcasts and prom queens fall in love, preppies and burn-outs become buds, and frosted lip gloss, skinny ties, and exuberant optimism made us feel invincible—is rich with cultural themes and significance, and has influenced an entire generation who still believe that life always turns out the way it is supposed to.
You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried takes us back to that era, interviewing key players, such as Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Andrew McCarthy, and John Cusack, and mines all the material from the movies to the music to the way the films were made to show how they helped shape our visions for romance, friendship, society, and success.
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I m sure you ve heard of The Breakfast Club. Or Sixteen Candles? Ever heard of Ferris Bueller? Anyone? Anyone? Chances are, if you ve been alive at some point during the last 25 years, you know about these classic John Hughes movies, which is why Susannah Gora s new book, You Couldn t Ignore Me If You Tried is a must-read for anyone who loves 80 s pop culture. In her book, Gora chronicles the history of the 80 s teen movie, beginning with John Hughes Sixteen Candles and ending with Cameron Crowe s Say Anything. But this isn t just a collection of facts from the Brat Pack days - Gora also examines how these movies impacted pop culture, and why they still resonate with viewers today. Even for those of us who didn t experience the 80 s first hand, like myself, this book is still extremely interesting and relevant. Give this book a try, and see if it doesn t make you relive your high school glory days!
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An enjoyable behind-the-scenes look at some of the best-loved teen movies of the 1980s, focusing mainly on writer-director John Hughes. I liked the format of the book for the most part-- the opening ...
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