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

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

by Susannah Gora
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You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
TiBookChatter More than 1 year ago
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.
WHarris More than 1 year ago
I loooved this book. I bought it because I'm a huge fan of 80s teen movies and figured why not get an inside look. I had no clue just how much of an inside look I would get from this! I really recommend it for people who love the "Brat pack" movies (even though now I think I should stop using that term after reading about all the trouble it caused) or anyone who loves getting an inside look at the drama/process of how these movies were made. Definitely a good read! P.S. Be warned, it may slightly change your view of John Hughes as a person if you weren't already aware of his...ahem antics. I certainly wasn't so some of what was said in this book came as a surprise to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read for the 80's movie geek!
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yldpsyd More than 1 year ago
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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RJ118 More than 1 year ago
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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