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You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation Paperback – February 22, 2011
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Reading this book helped me to revisit the movies themselves. I think that a certain amount of distance enhanced the experience of reading this book. Gora informs her reader that John Hughes extracted a lot of what went into his scripts from real life experiences that happened to himself and his friends. One occured when a friend of his took Hughes and their girl friends to the Union League Club in Chicago because the friend's father had a membership there. I roared because anyone who has ever been there would know that the Union League Club is one of the stodgiest exclusive clubs west of Boston. And so it goes that Ferris Buehler became the sausage king of Chicago.
The term 'brat pack' was bandied about a lot when these films were made, but there seemed to be solid evidence from the actors that there was an extended family of sorts forged and many of these relationships exist in one form or another today.
While it wasn't all love and kisses while these films were being made, for the most part these productions became classic examples of really good ensemble acting and it all worked amazingly well.
The major suprise that the book had for me was that this book was not all about John Hughes who died in 2009. This book looked at other popular teen movies made in that era. One film analyzed was a critical failure SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL.Read more ›
Along with a good bit of social commentary, Gora offers some interesting portraits of the young actors who starred in Hughes' films--Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall and others. In addition she includes an excellent section of the power of the music in the films which Hughes used to catapult his movies into the realm of legend and another section on how the careless use of the term "Brat Pack" in an obscure article substantially altered the careers of many of the young stars. All in all this book is both a fine piece of Hollywood history and a thoughtful analysis of the impact of the movies on American culture.
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Excellent book. If you're a fan of 80's cinema, and are interested in the people behind the movies...then this is a must read.Published 1 month ago by fuzzeeboy
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a die-hard fan of the 80s (particularly 80s pop culture) I knew for a fact I had to buy this book - and I'm glad I did! Read morePublished 1 month ago by HaileyE
Well I just discovered this delightful book! I am the childhood best-friend of John's by the name of Jackson Peterson as mentioned within the book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jackson
The book is fine for what it is, and I don't have a quibble with the writing. There are some interesting anecdotes about the movies that I watched over and over when I was growing... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rebecca Rohan
For someone who just missed the 80's craze, this book gives the reader an in depth looks at the filming of those classic movies... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Addison Runge
Haven't had time to read the book yet but was very pleased at the great shape it was in for being a library book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Darryl K. Crescenzi
I really enjoyed reading behind the scenes about my favorite movies.Published 10 months ago by R. Hill
Love it! A nostalgic, entertaining and informational read that has transported me behind the scenes to the movies that made an impact on me as a teenager. Read morePublished 10 months ago by City Chick