Teen Dreams: Reading Teen Film and Television from 'Heathers' to 'Veronica Mars'

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Bloomsbury Academic, Jul 11, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 191 pages
Jocks, cheerleaders, nerds, goths and stoners - the American teen movie is peopled with types and tribes yet manages to speak interestingly about hopes and dreams that do not have just to do with skipping detention or going to the prom. In her new book, Roz Kaveney charts the development of the teen movie from a marketing category to a full-blown genre obsessed with smart answers to its own past. Starting with the groundbreaking John Hughes movies of the 1980s, and with Lehman and Waters' sardonic comedy "Heathers", Kaveney discusses the evolution of themes like the Mean Girl and the loss of virginity. She examines the metamorphosis of Jane Austen's novel "Emma" into the Beverly Hills comedy "Clueless" and the way the "American Pie" trilogy has subverted the gross-out sex comedy into a lesson in sexual manners. She looks at the link between these films and some of the most innovative teen television of the last two decades, including "Popular", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and the teen detective show "Veronica Mars". In the process, she demonstrates, with characteristic wit and intelligence, how teen films and TV series deal with the tragic and comic undersides of the American dream.

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As the title suggests, this is a critical analysis of the "teen movie" and its television heirs, starting with the seminal John Hughes films from the '80s and going all the way up through the first ... Read full review

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Great fun. As light and enjoyable as the genre of TV and movies it is about. It reads like a particularly interesting discussion board conversation or TWoP recap. She is a little heavy on lit crit buzz words and very occasionally makes a mistake with American culture (she’s British). Read full review

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Roz Kaveney is a freelance writer and editor. Her books include, as editor and chief contributor, Reading the Vampire Slayer (I.B.Tauris 2001, new edition 2004) and as author, From Alien to The Matrix: Reading Science Fiction Film.She is a contributor to The Encyclopaedia of Fantasy and The Cambridge Guide to Women Writing in English. She lives and works in London.

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