Wednesday, March 10, 2010

'80s Rewind {More on John Hughes}

What John Hughes charater are you??? A quiz will tell you. Go here to take it.

I have been thinking a lot about the late movie writer/director John Hughes this week...the man behind the movies that marked my childhood - Pretty in Pink, 16 Candles, Say Anything to name but a few.

First there was this Brat Pack book that I happened upon Saturday night at Borders.  The behind-the-scenes info is fascinating.....and I only read the first 40 pages.
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Then on Sunday The Breakfast Club was on television. I watched it, for the umpteenth time, as I always do when it is on cable.

After my morning with Molly Ringwald, there she was on the Oscars Sunday night fronting that fabulous John Hughes tribute.

One more odd Hughes moment and I'm calling in sick to work, Ferris Bueller style!

I am on of those rare people who really loved high school. I often joke that I peaked at 17. My teen years, though not without any drama, were pretty charmed with cheerleading, prom dates and my own car. My parents never forgot my birthday.  I think that is why I find such entertainment in movies and shows about teens (hello Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill, Friday Night Lights....Glee). That is also why I am a mega Hughes fan, the man considered the voice and visionary of America's youth. What?? You thought it was Miley??

If you're a fan of The Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful or even National Lampoon's Vacation, then you must check out this Vanity Fair article for which Hughes' sons sat, and shared their father's most recent writings, as well as the the book You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried.

You also need to take the quiz.  All this time I was sure I was "Samantha Baker" but nope....  

My answers returned this (even when I took it a second time and tried to sway it to someone else...):

You are Clark Griswold (from National Lampoon's Vacation)! You're full of optimism and boundless energy, and no one loves a good family trip more. No one else can swear a blue streak like you either, Sparky!

What Hughes character are you??


Crystal said...


hetyd4580 said...

Interesing blog, I do declare. A key to understanding Hughes’ work is grasping the distinction between Generation X and Generation Jones (between the Boomers and Xers). Many of his films were about GenJones characters, and most in the Brat Pack were GenJonesers. This was sometimes confusing, since the same actors sometimes played GenXers (Breakfast Club) and sometimes GenJonesers (St. Elmos’s Fire) within the same year. But given the huge generational context to Hughes’ films, it’s crucial to understand the differences between X & Jones.

Google Generation Jones, and you’ll see it’s gotten lots of media attention, and many top commentators from many top publications and networks (Washington Post, Time magazine, NBC, Newsweek, ABC, etc.) now specifically use this term. In fact, the Associated Press' annual Trend Report chose the Rise of Generation Jones as the #1 trend of 2009. I found this page helpful because it gives a pretty good overview of recent media interest in GenJones:

AnnieLaurie said...

Ugh I am Neal Page!

You are Neal Page (from Planes, Trains & Automobiles)! Short-tempered and cut to the chase, you like things done your way. But you're also a devoted family man who lives up to his responsibilities.

When John Hughes passed I wrote a blog about it. You may enjoy it. You also need to read the blog of the girl who was his pen pal. Genius!

Carey said...

I loved so many of those movies too! Will have to/check out that quiz too!
Btw pokeno is like bingo but with cards ;)

Miss Janice said...

Loved these movies and they all flashed before my eyes on Sunday night!


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