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Teen Dreams : Reading Teen Film and Television from 'Heathers' to 'Veronica Mars' - Roz Kaveney

Teen Dreams

Reading Teen Film and Television from 'Heathers' to 'Veronica Mars'

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Jocks, cheerleaders, nerds, goths and stoners - the American teen movie is peopled with types and tribes yet manages to speak interestingly about hopes and dreams that do not have just to do with skipping detention or going to the prom. In her new book, Roz Kaveney charts the development of the teen movie from a marketing category to a full-blown genre obsessed with smart answers to its own past. Starting with the groundbreaking John Hughes movies of the 1980s, and with Lehman and Waters' sardonic comedy "Heathers", Kaveney discusses the evolution of themes like the Mean Girl and the loss of virginity. She examines the metamorphosis of Jane Austen's novel "Emma" into the Beverly Hills comedy "Clueless" and the way the "American Pie" trilogy has subverted the gross-out sex comedy into a lesson in sexual manners. She looks at the link between these films and some of the most innovative teen television of the last two decades, including "Popular", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and the teen detective show "Veronica Mars". In the process, she demonstrates, with characteristic wit and intelligence, how teen films and TV series deal with the tragic and comic undersides of the American dream.

Industry Reviews

'Kaveney is an inspired guide, blending academic rigour with journalistic accessibility. Her judgements are ultimately those of a fan, and all the better for it.' - Time Out 'There is a lot of insight.' - Independent on Sunday

Introduction: Some Thoughts on Genre and the Market
Setting out the Board: John Hughes and His Competitors
The Friends Who Are Bad for You 1: Heathers
The Friends Who Are Bad for You 2: Cordelia, Nicole and the Other Mean Girls
The Trouble with Boys: American Pie and The Girl Next Door
Classical Musings: Clueless, Ten Things I Hate about You and Cruel Intentions
On Being Good at Things: Bring It On and Bend It Like Beckham
Voices from the Outside: Genre Teen Films and Films about Teenagers
State of the Teen Nation: Veronica Mars and Trusting the Tropes
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ISBN: 9781845111847
ISBN-10: 1845111842
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 191
Published: 1st July 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1