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You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

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    If you watch Sixteen Candles EVERY time it's on, or if you've ever wished Duckie Dale ended up with Andie at the end of Pretty In Pink, then this is the book for you.

    I love this book. I bought it over a year ago for my Kindle and allowed myself to read tiny bits of it between basketball practice, tennis lessons and doctor's appointments. It provided me with a year's worth of joy. What IS it about the 80's anyway? Is that decade particularly special, or is it just special to me because those were my high school years? I wonder sometimes.

    Gora covers all the movies of that time.the Brat Pack films that include Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club, just to name a few. With interviews of the key players and inside scoops on casting.You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried is basically a touching collection of memories. These young actors grew up to depict the characters of our youth, yet the issues they dealt with were authentic and often issues that they were struggling with in real life. The struggle for acceptance, the awkwardness, the angst. it's all here.

    What I especially love about this book is that Gora gives you all the behind-the-scenes info on casting, who was seeing who, how the directors and producers influenced these actors on a daily basis, etc. Just the bits on casting alone were fascinating. There was so much going on with these actors that it's hard to imagine that the movies were ever made!

    After each chapter, I found myself pulling out all of my DVDs and loading up my iPod with songs of that time. I just can't say enough about the book. If you loved the 80's, you simply have to read it. I will leave you with one of my favorite clips from Pretty in Pink.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    This was a great book about the Hughes films and others in the g

    This was a great book about the Hughes films and others in the genre. It is a must read for fans of John Hughes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Was a delight to read! It was great to find all the hidden secrets behind my favorite 80's movie.

    Great read for the 80's movie geek!

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    A walk down memory lane for 80s movies fans

    This book discusses the behind the scenes, production, and casting aspects of several of the top 80's John Hughes movies including interesting trivia. Several actors and behind the scenes people apparently thought that Hughes was an overly sensitive and hot and cold person. Not so much a tribute to Hughes as this book is to the 80's teen movie genre, it's worth reading if you were a teen in the 80's and/or enjoy 80's teen movies.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

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    You Couldn't Ignore This Book - If You Tried!

    If you like books that tell you how movies are made (the inside dish) from casting to sets, etc, this is the book for you! As I was reading it, I couldn't wait to see some of the movies again just to look for what I read in the book. The only thing I didn't like about this book was the length of the chapters (I'm not fond of lots of pages between chapters). So if you have time, once you pick this book up, it's very hard to put it down. An excellent read!

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