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Day 291

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Brad Gora’s “You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried” tells the story of John Hughes and the Brat Pack’s impact on the 80's and pop culture today. The Brat Pack was a group of young actors in the 1980s who starred in films that captured the angst and struggles of teenage life. They became popularly known as the Brat Pack because they often showed “rebellious, brat-like behavior” according to tabloids. Through a series of interviews with those involved, she explains the history behind the works of John Hughes and the movie stars that defined a decade. Gora uses first person evidence in order to share the story of John Hughes and his Brat Pack, specifically their lives behind the scenes. After the success of The Breakfast Club, columnist David Blum coined the term of which we all know them as today, the titular Brat Pack. Even at the time, actor Judd Nelson, who played Bender in The Breakfast Club, knew Blum’s name would stick. “When I saw it, I just knew, that’s it,” (page 106) he said of it, defeated.

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