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

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In this pioneering and entertaining book, Roz Kaveney examines the crucial films and television shows in the teen-driven genre and reveals the inner workings of their consistent themes. From John Hughes' early films, to the cheerleaders of Bring It On, the films and their characters deal with sex and gender relations, presenting a picture of the hidden life of teenagers. Hit teen films can also promote products, launch bestselling soundtrack albums, and be career-makers for young actors. Kaveney also shows how the teen genre has absorbed classic material in the case of Clueless, has made up gender etiquette manuals like American Pie, and how teen films and TV series deal with the tragic and comic undersides of the American dream.

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Roz Kaveney is a freelance writer and editor. Her books include, as editor and chief contributor, Reading the Vampire Slayer (I.B.Tauris, 2002); as author, From Alien to The Matrix: Reading Science Fiction Film (I.B.Tauris, 2005).

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'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

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