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

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I. B. Tauris, Jul 11, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 191 pages
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In this pioneering and entertaining book, Roz Kaveney examines the crucial films and television shows in the teen-driven genre and reveals the inner workings of their consistent themes. From John Hughes' early films, to the cheerleaders of Bring It On, the films and their characters deal with sex and gender relations, presenting a picture of the hidden life of teenagers. Hit teen films can also promote products, launch bestselling soundtrack albums, and be career-makers for young actors. Kaveney also shows how the teen genre has absorbed classic material in the case of Clueless, has made up gender etiquette manuals like American Pie, and how teen films and TV series deal with the tragic and comic undersides of the American dream.

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User Review  - duck2ducks - LibraryThing

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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User Review  - Coelacanth - LibraryThing

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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About the author (2006)

Roz Kaveney is a freelance writer and editor. Her books include, as editor and chief contributor, Reading the Vampire Slayer (I.B.Tauris, 2002); as author, From Alien to The Matrix: Reading Science Fiction Film (I.B.Tauris, 2005).

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