L-chan (mellowcandle) wrote,

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I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen

Five books read in June:

You Couldn't Ignore Me if You Tried by Susannah Gora
The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig
Just Sex by Susan Kay Law
Enchanted by Nancy Madore
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

The subtitle of the first one, for those of you who love pop culture, the 80s, and 80s pop culture as much as I do, is "The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation". I loved all the behind-the-scenes info, the hows and whys, and all that kind of great stuff. And just perfect nostalgia for that time when teen movies were presented in a new way. I know I hear from younger people how they don't relate to these movies, and I think they're very much a product of their time, so if you weren't there, then you don't get it. I hate the "if you don't like it, you don't get it" argument most of the time, granted, but I think that could be applied in some cases. If you didn't grow up with them, they obviously won't mean anything to you.

Fun fact: John Hughes failed creative writing in college. I don't find that too surprising if only because creative writing was the biggest waste of time class when I was in college. Completely unhelpful and uninformative. I learned nothing.

After I finished this book, D and I watched Say Anything, which neither of us had seen in years. It's kind of melodramatic and all over the place, but that's not unusual for Cameron Crowe if you think about it (see: Elizabethtown). It still has some great moments and lines, and the greatest use of a song ever. It also has the "wait for the ding" thing, which I'd never forgotten, and the scene where Diane says she marks every word she looks up in the dictionary. I used to do that, and I'd completely forgotten that this movie is where that came from.

As for the next book in the Pink Carnation series.... You know, I went from disinterested in Eloise in the first couple of books to actively disliking her in this one. I wish the author hadn't gone with this framing device. I understand the reasons for it from a writing standpoint, but I just can't stand those chapters. If they had to exist, I wish they were about Serena and Colin instead, maybe with them uncovering their family history, rather than Eloise's total annoyingness.
Tags: books 2011, i love the 80s
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