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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 ›
Because everything revolves around the John Hughes era (and his life), it has a beginning and an end. The average writer could have taken the easy, strictly chronological approach. But in this book, we often come back to the same information about the subject actors' lives four or five times, just with different words. At first, you wonder if there is an organization issue, but Gora is really just taking a circuitous route which, for our enjoyment, may have roads that intersect each other several times.
There is a bit of a "gushing" tone throughout, and the idea that every actor is brilliant and should have a mantle fill of Oscars (not exactly her words but you'll see) seems a little hard to take. But really the book is about love for the era and the people who meant a lot. So just feel the love and you'll blow through this, feeling enriched and moved.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a good chronicle of those movies and the behind the scenes events that made them.Published 3 months ago by Andrew
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 7 months 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 8 months 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 10 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 12 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 13 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 13 months ago by Darryl K. Crescenzi