epiphany_maria (epiphany_maria) wrote,

Book Review: Teen Dreams

Teen Dreams: Reading teen films and television from Heathers to Veronica Mars by Roz Kaveney

This is a critical analysis of various teen movies such as the John Hughes oeuvre, 'Heathers', 'Clueless', 'Saved', 'Cruel Intentions', 'Mean Girls', 'Bring it On' and a brief look at season 1 of 'Veronica Mars'. This is a funny, sometimes insightful look a small part of the teen film/tv genre. There are so many films and tv shows omitted there isn't time enough to list them. It's a good read even if the authors overly liberal viewpoint shines through.

And there are more flaws, the persistent misspelling of Freddie Prinze Jnr's name being the most notable example, also her repeated aside references to the tv 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' assume the reader is a committed fan of the show also Kaveney assumes the reader is familiar with fan fiction, most especially the slash fiction fandom. A reader unfamiliar with 'Buffy' and fan fiction would be lost by some of the obscure references. Also her omission of a lot of films especially the John Cusack classic 'Better off Dead' seems arbitrary and bizarre. Still for its flaws, it is a good read. One just wishes, this could have been longer.
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