Don't You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes

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No one captured the teen portion of the eighties as poignantly as writer-director John Hughes. Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Some Kind of Wonderful are timeless tales of love, angst, longing, and self-discovery that illuminated and assuaged the anxieties of an entire generation.

Fondly nostalgic, filled with wit and surprising insights, don't you forget about me contains original essays from a skillfully chosen ...

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Overview

No one captured the teen portion of the eighties as poignantly as writer-director John Hughes. Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Some Kind of Wonderful are timeless tales of love, angst, longing, and self-discovery that illuminated and assuaged the anxieties of an entire generation.

Fondly nostalgic, filled with wit and surprising insights, don't you forget about me contains original essays from a skillfully chosen crop of novelists and essayists on the films' far-reaching effects on their own lives — an irresistible read for anyone who came of age in the eighties (or just wishes they did).

Featuring new writing from:
Steve Almond
• Julianna Baggott
• Lisa Borders
• Ryan Boudinot
• T Cooper
• Quinn Dalton
• Emily Franklin
• Lisa Gabriele
• Tod Goldberg
• Nina de Gramont
• Tara Ison
• Allison Lynn
• John McNally
• Dan Pope
• Lewis Robinson
• Ben Schrank
• Elizabeth Searle
• Mary Sullivan
• Rebecca Wolff
• Moon Unit Zappa

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416934448
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 440,847
  • Product dimensions: 0.51 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jaime Clarke is the author of the novel We're So Famous, published in 2001. He is a cofounder of Post Road, a national literary magazine based out of New York and Boston, and teaches creative writing at Emerson College in Boston.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Ally Sheedy     xi
Introduction   Jaime Clarke     1
John Hughes Goes Deep: The Unexpected Heaviosity of Ferris Bueller's Day Off   Steve Almond     5
A Slut or a Prude: The Breakfast Club as Feminist Primer   Julianna Baggott     15
Enchanted Night: The Magic of Sixteen Candles   Lisa Borders     25
On Weird Science   Ryan Boudinot     35
You Look Good Wearing My Future, or the Sexually Ambiguous Best Friend   T Cooper     47
Blowing it My Sixteen Candles   Quinn Dalton     59
Can't Help Falling in Love   Emily Franklin     67
Pretty in Penury   Lisa Gabriele     76
That's Not a Name, That's a Major Appliance: How Andrew McCarthy Ruined My Life   Tod Goldberg     86
Which John Hughes Character Are You?   Nina de Gramont     96
La Vie en Rose: Pretty in Pink   Tara Ison     106
Ferris Bueller: An Infatuation, a Life Lesson, and One Harmless Family Adventure   Allison Lynn     116
Real Men Don't Eat Quiche: The Woes of Ferris Bueller and His North Side Buddies   John McNally     129
I Dated Molly Ringwald, Sort of   Dan Pope     139
The Ghost of Ally Sheedy   Lewis Robinson     149
My Mary   Ben Schrank     155
The Scream, With Lip Gloss   Elizabeth Searle     162
Make a Wish: The First Kiss Lasts Forever   Mary Sullivan     173
In What Way Does The Author's Use of the Prison Symbolize...?: A Deep Ego-Identification with Ferris Bueller   Rebecca Wolff     184
How John Hughes Altered My Life   Moon Unit Zappa     192
Contributors     205
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