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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Overview

You can quote lines from Sixteen Candles (“Last night at the dancemy little brother paid a buck to see your underwear”), your iPod playlist includes more than one song by the Psychedelic Furs and Simple Minds, you watch The Breakfast Club every time it comes on cable, and you still wish that Andie had ended up with Duckie in Pretty in Pink. You’re a bonafide Brat Pack devotee—and you’re not alone.

The films of the Brat Pack—from Sixteen Candles to Say Anything—are some of the most watched, bestselling DVDs of all time. The landscape that the Brat Packmemorialized—where outcasts and prom queens fall in love, preppies and burn-outs become buds, and frosted lip gloss, skinny ties, and exuberant optimism made us feel invincible—is rich with cultural themes and significance, and has influenced an entire generation who still believe that life always turns out the way it is supposed to.

You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried
takes us back to that era, interviewing key players, such as Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Andrew McCarthy, and John Cusack, and mines all the material from the movies to the music to the way the films were made to show how they helped shape our visions for romance, friendship, society, and success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307716606
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 584,228
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

SUSANNAH GORA is a filmjournalistwho haswritten for Variety and Elle andwas an editor at Premieremagazine. She appears regularly on networks like VH1, NBC, and E! to discuss entertainment news and pop culture.

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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. 24 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.
laVermeer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a solid survey of the teen films of the 1980s. There is limited criticism in the presentation but excellent contextual background, situating the films in a larger personal, cultural, and economic moment. The writing is very accessible and well voiced. Two things would have made strong additions to the text (although the body of the book comes in at well over 300 pages): some images of the major figures, since readers may or may not know all of the films and personalities referred to; and, as an appendix, a filmography of the works discussed. If you were a teen between 1980 and 1991, you will likely find value in this book.
jjameli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are a huge fan of 80's teen films and the brat pack, then you will love this book. Susannah Gora dives deep into the process of how these beloved teen movies came to be, from the writing, and casting, to the filming. Along the way there are chapters on how the soundtracks came to be, and quite a bit of information on the members of the so called brat pack.
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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