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

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

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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.

Author Info

Roz Kaveney is a freelance writer and editor. Her books include, as editor and chief contributor, Reading the Vampire Slayer (I.B.Tauris 2001, new edition 2004) and as author, From Alien to The Matrix: Reading Science Fiction Film.She is a contributor to The Encyclopaedia of Fantasy and The Cambridge Guide to Women Writing in English. She lives and works in London.


'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

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781845111847
Publication Date: 27 Apr 2006
Number of Pages: 199

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