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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845111847
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/11/2006
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction: Some Thoughts on Genre and the Market

• Setting out the Board: John Hughes and His Competitors

• The Friends Who Are Bad for You 1: Heathers

• The Friends Who Are Bad for You 2: Cordelia, Nicole and the Other Mean Girls

• The Trouble with Boys: American Pie and The Girl Next Door * Classical Musings: Clueless, Ten Things I Hate about You and Cruel Intentions * On Being Good at Things: Bring It On and Bend It Like Beckham * Voices from the Outside: Genre Teen Films and Films about Teenagers

• State of the Teen Nation: Veronica Mars and Trusting the Tropes

• Index

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