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by Susannah Gora

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Title:You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation
Authors:Susannah Gora
Info:Three Rivers Press (2011), Paperback, 384 pages
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You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation by Susannah Gora (2010)


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Sold the hardback to lighten my luggage, so I'm shelving this TBR until I can get a library copy.
  phrenetic.mind | Dec 30, 2014 |
I���m sure you���ve heard of The Breakfast Club. Or Sixteen Candles? Ever heard of Ferris Bueller? Anyone? Anyone? Chances are, if you���ve been alive at some point during the last 25 years, you know about these classic John Hughes movies, which is why Susannah Gora���s new book, You Couldn���t Ignore Me If You Tried is a must-read for anyone who loves 80���s pop culture.

In her book, Gora chronicles the history of the 80���s teen movie, beginning with John Hughes��� Sixteen Candles and ending with Cameron Crowe���s Say Anything. But this isn���t just a collection of facts from the Brat Pack days - Gora also examines how these movies impacted pop culture, and why they still resonate with viewers today. Even for those of us who didn���t experience the 80���s first hand, like myself, this book is still extremely interesting and relevant. Give this book a try, and see if it doesn���t make you relive your high school glory days!
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  coloradogirl14 | Nov 21, 2013 |
Getting insight into the mind of John Hughes was new and interesting, I didn't know much about him or what led him to abandon teen films and the movie biz. I found the Hollywood development of the films intriguing, how the business worked at that time, who were the movers and shakers. Interviews with practically everybody involved in the teenage flicks helmed, written or influenced by Hughes add wonderful depth to the book and my understanding of these films, the genre and the eighties. Heck yes it's interesting to learn that long ago Jennifer Grey and Matthew Broderick were in love, Emilio and Demi apparently were as well, but knowing what the actors, directors and producers thought about "Pretty in Pink" after the fact ends a long standing question I've had about that particular flick. These insights are great but unfortunately this book goes on...and on...and on.

This is a very long book, 337 pages in hardcover form, and while it is not an untenable task to read a book of this size written about teenage films and the writer and humorous genius John Hughes, I did feel like Gora was stalling. Often she seemed to be describing the same cultural influences over and over again and frankly, the chapter fourteen is absolutely pointless. Gora cites examples of Hughes influence, everyday people and some movie executives no one has heard of. The recent influence on movies like "Superbad," these sentiments from everyday people feeling Hughesian influence in their daily lives should have been a few paragraphs, you spent the book writing about the influence of these movies...it's time to conclude! Finally Gora does and it couldn't come soon enough.

Would I read this book again?
Though, learning more about the writers, actors, directors, and producers of these films as well as knowing more about the prolific John Hughes himself and what happened to him has been interesting. I think the interviews were the most interesting aspect of this book...and I had the feeling Gora was padding her book every step of the way. Also her prose style was not very interesting, though the content was interesting enough to prompt me to continue and finish "You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried."

Also not having any movie posters, stills from the movies, or a longer excerpt from the infamous Blum article dubbing the Hughesian troupe "the Brat Pack" is inexcusable. Referencing these images without the images and not including more of the actual article just doesn't make any sense.

I found the most tragic aspect of this book the fact that a bunch of young, talented actors that genuinely enjoyed each other's company could let a negative article (and the subsequent cultural moniker "the brat pack") end their friendships. The spliced interviews featured throughout the book shed a light on more than just John Hughes and his movies but show the real regret that these actors (particularly Nelson and Sheedy) still feel, having abandoned their fellow thespian friends, regret. A folly of youth? Pick up the phone you crazy kids, you aren't dead yet, it ain't over. ( )
  kc.teadrinker | Jul 31, 2013 |
I'm a huge John Hughes fan- loved Sixteen Candles and Breakfast Club! Still, seems I don't have the attention span to read 337 pages about him and his films. The first few chapters were good, but then I started to suffer from 'nonficion narcolepsy', where it just put me to sleep. Turning it in to give someone else a chance to love it :) ( )
  wwrawson | Mar 31, 2013 |
In You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried --a quote from The Breakfast Club--entertainment journalist Susannah Gora looks at several movies that, taken as a group, still seem to be held high in the affections of the now thirty- and forty-something adults who experienced them, sometimes in multiple viewings, as youth in the 1980s. They were movies that didn’t talk down to teens and young adults--rather, they spoke to us and like us (although perhaps more articulately than most of us). Their characters were authentic, even if the situations they were placed in weren’t always entirely relatable, and--possibly thanks, at least in part, to the simultaneous emergence and influence of MTV--they made use of music in effective new ways that contributed to the films’ emotional impact on their audience.

More of my review: http://www.3rsblog.com/2012/11/book-talk-you-couldnt-ignore-me-if-you-tried-by-s... ( )
  Florinda | Dec 27, 2012 |
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With my eternal love and thanks, I dedicate this book to my husband, Zachary Abella, and my parents, Ann Ray Martin Gora and Joel Gora. Your extraordinary love and encouragement keep St. Elmo's fire burning in me.
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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.

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A social evaluation of the influence and legacy of the "Brat Pack" films explores their 1980s cultural themes, in an account that draws on interviews with such celebrities as Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, and John Cusack.

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