Monday, February 22, 2010

Win a copy of You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation

February 15 was the 25th anniversary of The Breakfast Club, and to celebrate, I have one copy of Susannah Gora's book, You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation. Publisher's Weekly says:

The phrase was coined by David Blum in the headline Hollywood's Brat Pack, heralding his cover story for the June 10, 1985, issue of New York magazine with its cover photo of Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, and Judd Nelson. The label stuck, Gora notes, and extended to describe other actors: Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, and Anthony Michael Hall. A former editor at Premiere, Gora guides the reader through the creation of the teen cinema of the 1980s, described by the American Film Institute as the cultural phenomenon which helped make us what we are today. To recall the era, she interviewed two dozen actors, plus the directors and producers behind the Brat Pack's memorable movies, including The Breakfast Club, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo's Fire and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. As Gora sees it, The films changed the way many young people looked at everything from class distinction to friendship, from love and sex to fashion and music. Writer-director John Hughes's ability to capture adolescent angst is highlighted. The 1980s youth films maintain their popularity on TV and DVDs, and Gora gives them near-encyclopedic, comprehensive coverage.
The book's cover is by one of my favorites, Dave MacDowell, the companion site features various goodies, including streaming music from the movies, and the book itself is 42% off at Amazon.

So, for a chance to win a copy, simply leave a comment on this post and make sure your comment includes your email. One comment per person, and I'm sorry, but this contest is only open to US residents. Your comment must be posted by 8:00 p.m. California time, this Sunday, February 28, 2010.

And don't forget to participate in this month's art contest.


  1. I will never forget afternoons spent watching The Breakfast Club with my closest friends in middle school. Would love to read this!

    traceflan at gmail dot com.

  2. I was shocked seeing how many of my favorite movies were either written or directed by Mr. Hughes, and I never knew. My wife and I had "In Your Eyes" as our song at our Wedding. My father-in-law wore a trenchcoat and stood on the chairs in the back row holding up a boom box. Wish someone had thought to snap a picture of that.

  3. Mr. Hughes films defined my youth. They might be snapshots of the era but their message is timeless. The Breakfast Club alone should be required viewing in all schools.

  4. I would love to win this book; so many of his movies are my favorites.

    kellyhager1234 at comcast dot net

  5. The Breakfast Club was one of the greatest movies of the 80's. It gave voice to the whole generation of kids from that time.

  6. I LOVE these movies....seen five out of the seven listed! Favorite of them (if really pressed to pick), The Breakfast Club. It is definitely a classic and everyone can identify with at least one of the characters.

    Please enter me in your contest to win this AWESOME title!

    Thanks....and happy reading!


  7. I just wish I had been born at the right time, why is the movie of my generation "Dude where's my car?" ugh. At least reading about good movies is sort of similar.

  8. I love John Hughes' films! The Breakfast Club was a fav, as well as Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and most likely all of them!!

  9. I admit, I have not seen all the Brat Pack/ John Hughes films. Yes, I am ashamed.

    zsaz1029 @ yahoo . com

  10. ajmattero@gmail.comFebruary 22, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    I can recite Ferris and TBC verbatim from memory.

  11. I'd like to give a shout out to that one BP JH film that doesn't get enough shout outs- Some Kind of Wonderful.

    kinkadejohn at yahoo dot com

  12. I have never laughed so hard or loved any film more than a John Hughes picture. Also, I wanted to move to the North Shore!

  13. I can't even count the number of times I've watched FBDO. I'd love to win this book!


  14. I've already read the book, and it's pretty awesome.

    For the record, "Say Anything" wasn't a John Hughes movie, which the book explains. It's in there because it's, like, the last great teen movie of that era.

  15. First John Hughes movie I ever saw was Home Alone, and all his other movies are either just as good or better!

  16. Love that cover.

    bjbaker at wm dot edu

  17. I would LOVE to have this book, it looks like a fantastic read...
    piggie.rider at gmail dot com

  18. BRIAN:
    Bender, did you know without
    Trigonometry there'd be no engineering?

    Without lamps, there'd be no light!

    Dong: Automobile? (Mimics car sounds, and a crash into water) Lake, big lake.

    One could go on and on with quotes from these films. I saw many of them in the theater as a child and i still enjoy watching, even if only to revisit the enduring stereotypes of the Rich kid, the Jock, the Freak, the Geek, the Princess, the Outsider/Rebel, etc. All tropes that remain persistently with us today. These movies also act as a time capsule of sorts, they represent an 80's distilled, nuances removed and details filtered out, so that only a certain spirit of a decade remains. I can't say that they were an accurate representation of the time but they were fun to consume nonetheless.

  19. When i remember John Hugues movies, his characters and the power of that remembrance... Just the best !

  20. This bok looks amazing, as a matter of fact this gen of movies inspired me to push for a teaching position within the realm of "Pop Culture history". Or 'pop'aganda as it's been referred, simply stating that pop culture reaches the furthest reaches of our planet. Sadly, I was laughed at for trying to teach this form of Americana...that was several years ago and ironically pop culure history is now taught in several universities.

    Thanks for the info
    and I LOVE his artwork!


    Here's my e-mail.

  21. in 10 minutes i'll be interviewing two of the guys from a tribute show to The Rat Pack for a newspaper article, which is subtley ironic...e-mail is genrewhores at gmail dot com...