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

by Roz Kaveney

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As the title suggests, this is a critical analysis of the "teen movie" and its television heirs, starting with the seminal John Hughes films from the '80s and going all the way up through the first season of Veronica Mars. I've read several of these kinds of books before and have always had mixed reactions, since in an anthology of essays the level of quality can vary quite a bit. ([book:Finding Serenity], in particular, was a bewildering mixture of brilliant insight and pure crap.) By contrast, this book is by one author - and holy hell is she one of the good ones! Reading analysis of this depth by someone this intelligent is incredibly exciting and completely satisfying, and I absolutely want to pick up her other books now. I've already read [book:Reading the Vampire Slayer] - it was an essay anthology, but she was the chief contributor and editor - and other critical books by her are [book:From Alien to the Matrix: Reading Science Fiction] and an upcoming volume on superheroes. Highly, highly enjoyable. ( )
  duck2ducks | Sep 4, 2008 |
Great fun. As light and enjoyable as the genre of TV and movies it is about. It reads like a particularly interesting discussion board conversation or TWoP recap. She is a little heavy on lit crit buzz words and very occasionally makes a mistake with American culture (she’s British). ( )
  Coelacanth | Jul 19, 2006 |
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