I read the above book the other day and was highly offended by the following:
My thoughts were interrupted by a sudden question in an impudent tone. “Can you help me find a movie?” It sounded like a challenge.
I looked up to find the skinny punk looking at me expectantly. He was quite a few years younger than me, probably early to midtwenties. He was about five-seven. He was wearing combat boots, a T-shirt that had been washed so many times I could practically see through it, and baggy jeans that were low on his hips. At least his ass wasn’t showing.
“Maybe,” I said. I would have liked to be able to just say yes, but it would have been a lie.
“Can’t really figure out your system.”
He gave me a lopsided smirk which might have been cute if it wasn’t so annoying. “What alphabet you usin’?”
He had me there. I had given up on the alphabetical thing a long time ago. “They’re grouped by genre.” I pointed to the little labels at the top of the shelves.
“In theory, man, but they’re all fucked up.”
I was starting to get annoyed. Not least of all because he was probably right. Still, I didn’t really want this punk giving me lessons on how to run my business. “Like what?”
“Like this.” He pointed to the shelf next to him. It was labeled Classics. “Sixteen Candles is not a classic.”
What. The. Fuck.
Sixteen Candles is SO a friggin’ classic.
We're showing our age, sweets. *ahem*
I'm reading this book at the moment. You read Promises, right?
Showing age or not… WTH is up with that… So not right! That is like saying that Dirty Dancing did not make everyone want to dance with Patrick… Or other memorable movies that I can not recall (due to the age thing) at the moment right now…
Ha! Clearly the punk is delusional. *g*
I bought this book when it released, but haven't read it yet (I was feeling like a break from 1st POV romances). I think I'll read it this weekend though, I really enjoyed Promises.
I forced my sixteen-year old to watch this movie and he loved it. That was a couple months ago and he's still quoiting lines from it.
Ummm. I'm never seen it!
*grabs punk and we head out the door for a beer*
Laughs hysterically…not even two weeks ago I was waxing poetically about the classic great 80's movies to my 10 year old daughter…then we sat down and watched Footloose (and you know I totally forgot how much cussing and sexual themes were in it) of course my daughter loved it and is waiting patiently for Sixteen Candles to come up in the NetFlix queue…
Blasphemy! I was telling 16yo son this week that he needs to watch War Games with Matthew Broderick.
BTW, you've got an award over at my place
I've not seen 16 candles either.
Is this some sort of a crime? Do I have to turn myself to the film police because I've missed out on this one?
LOL – True True True!
Join me for a drink with the punk Jen. We'll have more fun anyway. 😉 Let these guys sit around and watch old movie.
Word veri: ghangs – What JR Ward's new books will be about.
Tam: That sounds like fun. I'll bring the wine :).
16 Candles is a must watch movie that embodied everything that was all well and good of the decade.
I'm still sitting on a table waiting for my crush to bake me cake and kiss me as wonderful 80's one hit wonder song plays in the background.
KB: What? Like the 1980's version of Miss Havisham? 🙂
Um yeah. I'm in my 20 yr old prom dress waiting for my Jake Ryan!
Ack! My copy of A to Z has a page that says “Epilogue”, but it's blank. Sent an email to Dreamspinner… Anyone have the book? Can you peek and see if it's an issue with your book, too? Mine was .lit, from ARe.
Also, Marie Sexton posted a short story about Matt and Jared of Promises, which apparently takes place shortly after A to Z.
I have the .epub file of A to Z and there's just an image for the epilogue…
LMAO! It's a classic in my book, right along side “The Breakfast Club”, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, “Valley Girl” and “St. Elmo's Fire”!
Now I wanna dig out those movies!
A-ha! Ok, Calibre would've skipped the image in its conversion. I'll take a peek at that when I get home in the original file. Thanks for checking, Dakota!
chris – it's a picture of a postcard from ruby.
typing with cat sitting on chest is difficults
Those are some darn affectionate grandbabies you have. 🙂
Chris – *breathes* she stepped away…
Buffy got on my arms again at the table, then I started scritching her. Then she rolled over on her back, snuggled against me and fell asleep. After a while, I moved her to the couch. She later found me on my chair, got between me and the laptop and made herself at home.
I think she misses her daddy.
For some reason (hmm…), I thought of this cartoon, Wren…
I was never into the 80's movies. I did see Breakfast Club and Dirty Dancing but that's about it.
Doesn't help I lived in the sticks in the early 80's where there were no movies and then I was at university and $1 beer and partying was way more interesting than going to movies.
How can you go through life without knowing about Long Duk Dong, I ask you?
Poor Tam. Those 80s movies were critical to developing my musical tastes, esp Valley Girl.
Chris: “We're showing our age, sweets.”
So? Due recognitions of the awesomeness of the films of the 1980s is worth it!
I really liked Promises. It was terrific. Thanks for the linkage to the short at the author's site. 🙂
“Or other memorable movies that I can not recall (due to the age thing) at the moment right now…”
*hides away stack of post-its reminding her to do things* No comment.
Dakota: “Ha! Clearly the punk is delusional. *g*”
Yes! Someone should lock him away and give him electric shock treatment asap.
“I was feeling like a break from 1st POV romances”
Ummmm. You might want to put off reading A-Z for a little bit then. Err, sorry??
Fiction Vixen: He's a little bastard!
Wren: It IS sacrilege! The stupid punk!
Stephani: “I forced my sixteen-year old to watch this movie and he loved it. That was a couple months ago and he's still quoiting lines from it.”
LOL. My baby brother only watched it in the last couple of years and now we constantly quote lines at each other from it. Yes, we revert to teenagers when we're together. 🙂
Kris: re the quoting from movies – my brother finally forced his wife to watch Better Off Dead because he and I quote from that and she was missing the references.
“I want my two dollars!”
Tam: *gasp* You've never watched it…. *eye starts twitching*
“Doesn't help I lived in the sticks in the early 80's where there were no movies and then I was at university and $1 beer and partying was way more interesting than going to movies.”
That's no excuse! Go get it out and watch it. The girl child will enjoy it too.
Melissa: Footloose is awesome! I have it on DVD and rewatch it frequently. Before that, though, I hadn't seen it in years and had forgotten its themes. It was certainly much darker than me of the other 80s teen flicks.
Patti: The punk will be going to hell for such sacrilege that's for damned sure. Ooooh, War Games was a great movie. God, I haven't seen that one for years.
An award?? *off to check it out*
Jenre: “Is this some sort of a crime?”
Miranda: It's very true. I'm thinking I should right to the author and tell her that her character has just offended an entire generation.
Katiebabs chook: That final scene in Sixteen Candles is one of my most favourite sappy film scenes ever! I adore it. *sigh*
MsM: Did you see the tribute to John Hughes at the Academy Awards?? It brought back such great memories… and, like you, made me want to rewatch them all again. Lucky I have most of them on DVD already. LOL.
Tracy: “How can you go through life without knowing about Long Duk Dong, I ask you?”
*gigglesnort* So very true!
Chris: LMAO! That's another movie I haven't seen in years. My brother and I do it with Ferris Beuller too. Those 80s teen flicks had such great comedy. 🙂
“This stuff is pure snow!”
Ah, yes, it's very common at work for one us to go into a little “Anyone? Bueller?” routine.
Pfft. Everyone knows the eighties classic is Poltergeist.
Gah! Poltergeist! I have hated clowns ever since that movie!
Chris: *snort* Well, who can resist the Anyone? Bueller? routine. 😉
Sean: I think the heat and humidity has affected your brain.
Wren: I can handle most horror movies with the exception of ghosts so I've only ever 'watched' Poltergeist through my fingers… when I've been the room that is and haven't found something that I urgently needed to do.
Chris: Better off Dead is the best! “He's skiing on one ski!”
Sean: I still get freaked out during thunderstorms thanks to Poltergeist. I keep waiting for a tree to attack.
Now Poltergeist is a classic that I've seen. Who can help but quote “This house is cleeeean.” after a good day of scrubbing.
Poltergeist was the movie I went to on my first date with my ex. Hmmmmm. What does that say I wonder.
Poltergeist, Grease and The Sound of Music were the films I watched the most as a kid. Yeah.
I remember asking my mother once if I ever get abducted by spirits would she tie a rope to herself and come and rescue me – she gave me a blank look and said, “Uh… yeah… sure I would.”
Wren, that clown was freaky. But I couldn't swim in a pool for a while without being convinced coffins would erupt through the concrete.
Stephanie: One one thousand… two one thousand… three one… AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
Tam – I used to do a great Tangina impersonation: “Cross over, children! All are welcome, all welcome! Come into the light, there is peace and serenity in the light!” It was cute when you were eight, but people now find it annoying.
Jake Ryan=Le Hot. Although I can't stand Molly Ringworm, 16 Candles and Breakfast Club are my feel good movies.
For Keeps can suck it.
::whispers:: I uh maybe like the movie She's All That
Tam: “Poltergeist was the movie I went to on my first date with my ex. Hmmmmm. What does that say I wonder.”
Hmmmm, indeed. 😉
Sean: “Poltergeist, Grease and The Sound of Music were the films I watched the most as a kid. Yeah.”
Heh. No wonder…
KC: Molly Ringworm?? I haven't heard that for ages. LOL.
“::whispers:: I uh maybe like the movie She's All That”
No wonder you're whispering. 🙂
I like the movie Sleepover. That's one of my feel good movies.
When I started reading this post I thought you were annoyed he HAD not grouped by alphabetical order. It's a bit like my e-book file….
She was at the last Oscar;s wearing a purple dress. She looked quite well but it is Hollywood after all
The punk obviously needs to watch the movie 🙂
Melissa – Footloose is a gem of a movie. I'm VERY worried about the remake!
Does anyone remember St Elmo's Fire?
Ingrid: “When I started reading this post I thought you were annoyed he HAD not grouped by alphabetical order. It's a bit like my e-book file….”
I'm not that bad. Ok, I am. Beware a knock on your door. Never forget I know where you live and I am prepared to travel for OCD purposes.
She did look pretty in purple, didn't she. But she should have worn pink. It would have been much better.
Orannia: “The punk obviously needs to watch the movie :)”
I'm ignoring the fact that they're doing a remake of Footloose. That's just ridiculous.
I remember St Elmo's Fire. Can you remember how controversial it was when it came out because of the themes, especially the drug abuse and suicide. It just made all of us want to watch it even more.
I have a spare bed. My bookcase needs to be put in order as well..
I'd forgotten about St Elmo's Fire being controversial! So tame now…
Kris: Crimson Spell has four volumes so far, I'm a scantalated freak so when one chapter gets translated I get a RSS feed about it.
I had no idea about the Footloose remake!
Corey Hame (I think that's how it is spelled) died yesterday. It's sad cause I was a fan of his from The Lost Boys (snickers…at least those vamps didn't glitter) another 80's classic (or was it early 90's can't remember…gods I am getting old…
Molly Ringwald looked do high at the Oscars. Anyone else think so?