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Day 485

Rewrite of an essay I wrote earlier this year (I really liked this book and just reread it!):

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 and beyond. The Brat Pack was a group of young actors in the 1980s who starred in films that captured the angst and struggles that come with teenage life. The group became eventually known as the Brat Pack because they often showed “rebellious, brat-like behavior” according to a number of 80s tabloids. Gora, through a series of interviews, explains the history behind the works of John Hughes and the movie stars that defined a decade.

Hearing the unbelievable stories from the film legends allowed me to understand more about how challenging it was to be in the limelight in the 80s, as well as the extend to which Hughes wanted to get away from it. John Hughes’ movies are still prevalent today, forty years later, so I cannot even imagine the impact they had at the time. Due to the incredible stress that comes with budding stardom, I truly don’t think the Brat Pack deserves their nickname, and John Hughes should not have been criticized for the way he left Hollywood. I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially someone interested in film and the history of pop culture. I learned so much about the origin of some of the most popular movies of all time as well as the darker side of stardom.

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